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Justified - Season 3 - Graham Yost Interview

What can you say about where things are headed, for the rest of Season 3?
GRAHAM YOST: John Landgraf has always said, “Satisfy the audience at the end of the season, but leave some questions dangling,” so we had a couple of big questions to explore, the biggest being Raylan (Timothy Olyphant) and Winona (Natalie Zea), and then also Boyd (Walton Goggins) and Ava (Joelle Carter). So, we knew we wanted to go at that. The other thing was, “Okay, we had this big bad guy antagonist with Mags Bennett (Margo Martindale), so how do we fill that vacuum.”
So, we filled that, but also remembered that Boyd is now stepping up. The goal of this series is to never lose focus on the fact that the central relationship is Boyd and Raylan, and we wanted to bring that more to the fore, this year.
And then, I’m always looking for something thematic to hang a season on. Season 2 was feud. This year, it’s crossing the line. We’ll see various characters, at various points, crossing the line. What is the cost of that, and what does that tell us about them? You’ll see Boyd, Ava and Raylan cross the line. Where is that line for Raylan? That’s something that we wanted to explore.

Was this rise to criminal kingpin for Boyd Crowder something that always seemed inevitable, or did that possibility present itself, along the way?
YOST: It presented itself last year. It wasn’t inevitable. But, when you look back, you say, “Well, of course.” There was putting him in conflict with his father, in Season 1, and then he was on this religious moral crusade, in a very violent version of it. Then, there was the cost to him, of how that played out, with all those men killed and his father ending up being killed. So, we knew we had Boyd in a very low place, at the beginning of Season 2, and we also knew that we wanted to get Boyd back to being Boyd. He wasn’t going to be a good guy. He’s just not. That’s not who Boyd is. He had to have self-acceptance of, “This is who I am. This is what I will do. I will try to do this better than my dad did it.” And, once we hit on that in the second season, we knew where we were going with Boyd.

Source: Full interview @ Collider