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Harlan in Memoriam: Toe-Tagging Every Justified Death From Season 3

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Before I start this, one thing should be clear: I don’t watch Justified for the bloodshed. I think Raylan Givens, played by the show’s star, Timothy Olyphant, is a great television hero whom I like more for his charm than his badassery (though he’s pretty badass). The show’s villains generally make decisions based on actual human emotions rather than pure evil, and they are devious without relying too heavily on “oh shit!”–baiting gimmicks. And throughout this season, I was impressed by the incredible writing staff’s ability to think of new ways to make fun of Neal McDonough’s big stupid baby head.

I watch Justified for these reasons and many more.

That being said, a lot of people get killed on Justified.

Below is a list of everyone who died during Season 3. Obviously, there’s at least one spoiler in every entry.

The Deceased no. 1: Delmar Coates, the owner of a watch store

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Richard Lineback, played James Van Der Beek’s dad in Varsity Blues (“I don’t want your life!”), and appeared in hour-long episodic television since 1978.
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “The Gunfighter”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him?: No.
Why Not? Delmar is the victim of Fletcher “The Ice Pick” Nix, a contract killer with an elaborate, ritualistic, and rigged murder routine: A gun is placed between Nix and his target, at the count of 10 both of them grab for the gun, then (here’s the twist!) Nix stabs his target in the grabby hand with an ice pick and shoots him with the gun.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? No, we barely got to know him this season.

The Deceased no. 2: Eddie, bearded deliverer of pizza

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Bill Parks, appeared on six episodes of Community where, according to IMDB, he was credited in the roles of Student #1, Dude #1, Football Player, Young Guy, Condom Water Balloon Man, and, most recently, Bill.
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “The Gunfighter”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No.
Why Not? Eddie was the pizza delivery guy who Fletcher Nix impersonated to get into Delmar Coates’s house. Nix killed Eddie so the audience was totally clear about how much of a sociopath he is.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? No, but I would probably watch three episodes of a reality show about a pizza delivery guy in Kentucky.

The Deceased no. 3: Emmitt Arnett, Dixie Mafia boss (Kentucky Division)

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Steven Flynn, appeared in hour-long episodic television and TV movies since 1986.
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “The Gunfighter”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No.
Why Not? Givens may have eventually gotten around to dealing with Arnett, who has popped up in every season of the series, but instead he is the first kill of Season 3’s über-baddie Robert Quarles and his Travis Bickle-inspired concealed-gun rig.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? Not really. Arnett was always good for some sex-with-his-secretary jokes, but in the scheme of Justified crime lords, his slugging percentage was pretty low.

The Deceased no. 4: Yvette, Emmitt Arnett’s secretary

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Jennifer Birmingham, had stints on soap operas The Young & The Restless and Days of Our Lives.
Episode Where She Met Her Maker:“The Gunfighter”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Her? No.
Why Not? Yvette double-crossed her boss/hotel romp buddy Emmitt Arnett to help Quarles — whom she was also sleeping with — so he could take over Kentucky’s drug business. Quarles ended up killing her as well and had Wynn Duffy, Season 3’s sleeper pick for MVP, dispose of the body.
Will You Miss Her Next Season? No.

The Deceased no. 5: Bill Nichols, federal marshal working for the Witness Protection Program

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Michael Harding, played lots of cops and law enforcement types during his career, and apparently a Goomba in the 1993 film adaptation of Super Mario Bros.
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “Cut Ties”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No.
Why Not? Nichols seems like a genuine good guy and his death at the hands Walter Vondas, one of the people he’s supposed to be protecting, is a genuine bummer.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? His episode-opening conversation with Art was a nice moment and should provide inspiration for some fan fiction about when the two were young bucks in the U.S. Marshals service.

The Deceased nos. 6 & 7 Guero Mocanda & Adan, would-be assassins of federal witness Mary Archer

Played by _______: Hector Atreyu Ruiz & David Fernandez Jr.
Episode Where They Met Their Maker: “Cut Ties”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Them? No.
Why Not? Givens’s coworker Rachel Brooks and other U.S. Marshals performed the rare feat of beating Givens to the trigger.
Will You Miss Them Next Season? No.

The Deceased no. 8: JT, hapless Oxycontin addict who does his dealer’s dirty work

Played by _______: Mike Foy
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “Harlan Roulette”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No.
Why Not? Poor JT is forced by pawnshop owner and Oxy slinger Glen Fogle to play the game of Harlan Roulette referenced in the episode’s title. Fogle eventually shoots him anyway.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? No, but you do end up feeling a little sorry for him.

The Deceased no. 9: Glen Fogle, commander of Oxy burnouts who is hired by Wynn Duffy to kill Raylan Givens and then tries to subcontract out the job to Wade Messer, an antsy addict portrayed by James LeGros

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Pruitt Taylor Vince, who has had an amazing career playing sad sacks, rednecks, and insane people. He also played Otis, the guy unfortunate enough to accidentally shoot Carl and then be left alone with Shane and zombies on The Walking Dead.
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “Harlan Roulette”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No.
Why Not? Fogle was dumb enough to think he could run a criminal empire using addicts as his pawns. It ended biting him in the ass before Givens could take him in or put him down.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? Fogle showed promise as a villain, and Pruitt Taylor Vince is great in about every role he has (look out for him in Nobody’s Fool with Paul Newman from 1994, which seems to pop up on HBO Signature with abnormal frequency), but this season of Justified was stacked with evil schemers; keeping him around for more than an episode would have resulted in many brain-bending quadruple-crosses.

The Deceased no. 10: Wally Becker, the peanut gallery in Glen Fogle’s crew of Oxycontin cronies

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Eric Ladin, plays the mayoral campaign manager on The Killing and is Betty Draper’s brother on Mad Men. Grantland interviewed him; why not read it?
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “Harlan Roulette”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No.
Why Not? After a standoff with Fogle, Becker ended up shooting his boss, who also shot him. They got themselves in this situation because Becker was terrible at sneaking up on federal marshals and didn’t understand the plea-bargain process.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? No, but if Ladin keeps his career on track, we expect to see him pop up in episodes of Awake, Loiter Squad, and reruns of Sports Night via magical CGI technology.

The Deceased no. 11: Edward Fowler, the getaway driver who smuggled Dickie Bennett and Dewey Crow out of jail

Played by _______: Ethan Wilde
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “The Devil You Know”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No.
Why Not? Edward quickly came and went at the hands of dirty correction officer Ash Murphy, mainly to demonstrate how ruthless Murphy can be.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? No.

The Deceased no. 12 & #13: Junior and Combs, a father-son team of Harlan County boys who join Ash Murphy’s team for Kentucky Hillbillies II: The Legend of Mags Bennett’s Gold

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Adam Bartley and Ed Corbin; Bartley is a relative newcomer, but Corbin has been around for decades, and was recently buried beneath a giant beard and a bear-skin get-up for a particularly ridiculous scene from the Coen Brothers’ True Grit remake.
Episode Where They Met Their Maker: “The Devil You Know”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Them? No.
Why Not? This pair get in on the scheme to liberate Mags Bennett’s millions, partially for the money and partially to get revenge for her selling out the town to a mining company, but they end up being handled by Ellstin Limehouse and his scheming sidekick, Errol.
Will You Miss Them Next Season? No.

The Deceased no. 14: Devil, the only member of Boyd Crowder’s white supremacist group, Crowder’s Commandos, to join his new family. It’s kinda of like when drummer Jimmy Chamberlin joined Billy Corgan in Zwan after the Smashing Pumpkins broke up.

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Kevin Rankin, who played the paralyzed Herc on Friday Night Lights.
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “The Devil You Know”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No.
Why Not? That honor went to Boyd Crowder, due to Devil’s duplicitous actions and newfound allegiance to Robert Quarles. But Givens probably wouldn’t have minded doing it himself if provoked. And anyways, Givens’s father, Arlo, later decided to take the fall for the murder.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? Yes. Devil was great at many things, including taking a hit — Ava Crowder delivering a frying pan to his face was a Season 3 highlight.

The Deceased no. 15: Ash Murphy

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Todd Stashwick, who portrayed Sandy Goodman, the fictitious NBC president with Lyme disease, on Curb Your Enthusiasm.
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “Thick as Mud”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No.
Why Not? Givens did run over Ash Murphy with his car — twice — when he was coming back from a fried chicken run, but it was Layla, the nurse with delightful repartee, who induced his fatal stroke that put him out of commission.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? No. If you believe television, the prison system is lousy with corrupt corrections officers whom the show can draw from for future episodes if needed.

The Deceased no. 16: Lance, male nurse and organ harvester

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Clayne Crawford, who has regularly appeared as cons or ex-cons in shows like 24 and Jericho.
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “Thick as Mud”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? Yes, but Lance’s girlfriend, Layla, had already shot him, so technically he was already dead.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? Yes. Crawford brought a low-key creepiness to Lance that made his motivations intriguing but difficult to read, though they probably involved organ harvesting.

The Deceased no. 17: Layla, Lance’s nurse girlfriend and organ-harvesting accomplice

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Maggie Lawson, who plays Detective Juliet O’Hara on Psych, one of the crown jewels in the USA Network’s original programming lineup.
Episode Where She Met Her Maker: “Thick as Mud”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Her? Yes. Not only did Givens shoot her, he shot her while he was still groggy from a drug he’d been injected with, and through the dead body of the boyfriend she’d just killed. He was also lying in a bathtub at the time. For the record, Layla was the first woman Givens killed. [Note: Incredibly, it took Raylan Givens five episodes to kill someone with his gun, and he only did it one more time. A criticism of Justified has been that Raylan Givens kills an absurd amount of people. But as the show moves more and more toward immersive, season-long arcs, there are fewer and fewer times when a villain needs to be dealt with in a single episode. Though, it should be noted, that Givens shot Fletcher “The Ice Pick” Nix in the season opener, but only wounded him — maybe because his aim was off, maybe because his ex-wife/girlfriend-at-the-time/mother-of-his-future-child was watching, maybe because the producers want to bring the character back in the future. He also later shot a hole in his bedroom floor while in the bar below it.]
Will You Miss Her Next Season? Layla’s coy and flirtatious interactions with Givens were the kind that truly show how brightly Timothy Olyphant can shine as this character, but we didn’t see any longevity in this relationship.

The Deceased no. 18: Rip Bell, member of Boyd Crowder’s crew and a not particularly effective door guard

Played by _______: Tate Ammons
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “When the Guns Come Out”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No.
Why Not? Assigned to make sure everything’s copacetic at Boyd Crowder’s Oxycontin Clinic for People Prone to Shifty Eyes, he is the first victim of a raid led by Robert Quarles affiliate Tanner Dodd.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? No.

The Deceased no. 19: Doc Stern, the persuadable young doctor who sells Oxycontin for Boyd Crowder’s crew out of Raylan Givens’s deceased aunt’s house

Played by _______: Randolph Adams
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “When the Guns Come Out”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No.
Why Not? Doc Stern wasn’t on Givens’s radar before he was killed in Tanner Dodd’s bloodbath.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? Some more backstory might have been nice on this character, but I’m willing to move on.

The Deceased no. 20: Trixie, prostitute and Ellstin Limehouse informant

Played by _______: Valerie Brandy
Episode Where She Met Her Maker: “When the Guns Come Out”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Her?No.
Why Not? Trixie ended up getting her drugs at the wrong time and spent too long pushing for a big bottle, so she was a relatively innocent bystander during Tanner Dodd’s excessive strong-arming.
Will You Miss Her Next Season? No.

The Deceased no. 21: Gus, the truck-driving accomplice of Tanner Dodd

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: John-Clay Scott, a stuntman since 1979.
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “When the Guns Come Out”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? Yes. The kill shot came from a somewhat stray bullet fired during a fight between Givens and Dodd inside a mobile Oxycontin dispensary.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? C’mon.

The Deceased no. 22: Brady Hughes, gay hustler that Robert Quarles turns into his human stress ball

Played by _______: Unknown; it’s an uncredited role.
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “When the Guns Come Out”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No.
Why Not? Brady Hughes was the first real indication of how frightening and insane Robert Quarles could be.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? Aside for a couple quick glimpses of him tied to a bed, Brady Hughes is never really shown, and considering the role he played in the story, we’re pretty glad we never saw that much of him.

The Deceased no. 23: Gary, second husband of Winona, Raylan Givens’s ex-wife

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: William Ragsdale, the Herman of Herman’s Head during more slender and poofier-haired times.
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “Watching the Detectives”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No, but Robert Quarles and Wynn Duffy sure try to make it look like he did.
Why Not? I’m sure there were times when Givens wanted to kill Gary — like when he hired contract killers to execute Givens and Gary’s ex-wife (who is also Raylan’s ex-wife) — but he never pulled the trigger. Though the U.S. Marshal rumor mill possibly thought otherwise.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? Watching the constantly out-of-his-depth Gary get kicked around could be fun, but it also caused plenty of humiliation by osmosis. He was great, but his character ran his course.

The Deceased no. 24: Krystal, a prostitute who, along with J.J. Corliss and Ellen May, tries to rob a check-cashing spot while raging on Oxycontin

Played by _______: Erin Anderson
Episode Where She Met Her Maker: “Loose Ends”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Her? No.
Why Not? Look, just because Raylan Givens killed one woman this season doesn’t mean he’s developed a thing for it. And getting rid of every junkie prostitute in Harlan County isn’t high on his priorities list.
Will You Miss Her Next Season? No.

The Deceased no. 25: J.J. Corliss, a prostitute who went to the same middle school as Ava Crowder

Played by _______: Willow Geer
Episode Where She Met Her Maker: “Loose Ends”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Her? No.
Why Not? Her pimp Delroy wanted to get rid of anyone who could connect him back to the botched check-cashing robbery.
Will You Miss Her Next Season? No, though we hope the show develops more characters in Eva Crowder’s stable than just pimp-slap-magnet Ellen May.

The Deceased no. 26: Lemuel Beckett, a back-country weapons and explosives expert

Played by _______: Jim Haynie
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “Loose Ends”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No.
Why Not? Givens seems to have a certain fondness for Harlan’s old-timer criminals (the greatest generation) as long as they’re not his father. Beckett was killed by Limehouse henchman Errol after his associate Tanner Dodd steps on a booby-trapped stepladder — not out of loyalty to Dodd, but as a way to protect Errol’s boss.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? No. We get the feeling that Harlan County has plenty of other colorful elderly people who don’t care for the law.

The Deceased no. 27: Tanner Dodd, local talent scout for Robert Quarles who tries to elevate his game by joining Ellstin Limehouse’s crew

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Brendan McCarthy, who plays the werewolf Nate on True Blood.
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “Loose Ends”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No, but at one point he threw him from a mobile clinic, giving him a limp he had for the rest of this short life.
Why Not? Dodd’s double-crossing of Quarles for Limehouse and greediness eventually gets him exploded by a landmine in Lemuel Beckett’s garage.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? Dodd didn’t have the mental capacity for the level of criminal dealings he was involved in, but he was a good enough son to buy his mom a big-screen television with his gains.

The Deceased no. 28: Delroy, owner of Audrey’s, a bar and trailer brothel

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: William Mapother, most famous for playing creepy Dr. Ethan Rom (the kidnapper of preggers Claire) on Lost.
Episode Where He Met His Maker “Loose Ends”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No, but he beat the snot out him at one point.
Why Not? In her first case of killing someone who isn’t her husband, Ava Crowder blasts Delroy and eventually takes over his prostitution business.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? Nah, one season of patented Mapother creepiness is enough.

The Deceased nos. 29 & 30: Parker & Longbaugh, a skeezy pair of drug dealers under Boyd Crowder’s protection who are not above killing dogs

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Blake Heron & Clay Wilcox; Heron’s been acting since he was a kid, while Wilcox played a drunk on Deadwood and Bernard Renault — the youngest, non-chubby, less murderous Renault brother on Twin Peaks.
Episode Where They Met Their Maker “Measures”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Them? No.
Why Not? They didn’t give him the opportunity, but he probably would have gladly taken it if they stepped to him with the samurai sword. Instead they were the final stop for Robert Quarles before his descent into total madness.
Will You Miss Them Next Season? No.

The Deceased no. 31: Tom Bergen, state trooper and friend of Raylan Givens

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Peter Murnick, who’s had enough law enforcement roles to last a lifetime — including playing a police officer in the Seinfeld two-parter where the cops think Kramer is a serial killer (an actual thing that exists, not a conceptual joke I just made up).
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “Coalition”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? Good lord, no.
Why Not? The murder of Trooper Bergen riled up Raylan in a way rarely seen this season and got him anxious to pull the hammer out, at least until Givens eventually learned it was his own father who did the killing and possibly did it thinking the “man in the hat” was his son.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? Yes. Bergen always seemed bemused by Givens and the predicaments he was entangled in, rather than enraged or exasperated like most people around him. Plus, now the only characters left with signature hats are Givens and Limehouse. Art’s baseball caps don’t count. (Let’s hope that Justified’s five-person hat department is already brainstorming for Season 4!)

The Deceased no. 32* Errol, Ellstin Limehouse’s right hand who is eager to expand the criminal activities of Noble’s Holler

[Note: This one deserves an asterisk because Errol’s death isn’t confirmed. He might pull a Johnny Crowder is Season 4 and have it turn out he was only seriously wounded.]
Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Demetrius Grosse, he’s been popping up on TV since 2005, and in a vaguely interesting twist, his first credit was as an unnamed U.S. Marshal of Numb3rs.
Episode Where He Met His Maker “Slaughterhouse”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No.
Why Not? After being cast out from Noble’s Holler by Limehouse, he crashed the hostage negotiations in his old boss’s slaughterhouse and shot Quarles, only to get a bullet in his chest for his loyalty.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? Yes, if he’s in fact dead. Limehouse’s folksiness doesn’t wear thin on just Quarles, and it would be interesting to see what happens if Noble’s Holler integrates deeper into larger criminal enterprises rather than just trying to be left alone. Plus Errol’s hat game was underrated.

The Deceased no. 33: Robert Quarles, a carpetbagger exiled from Detroit’s crime world for his habit of beating up rentboys, who tore through Kentucky like an albino-eyed hurricane in a fancy suit

Played by _______, Whom You Might Remember From: Neal McDonough, who has had a career of “that guy” roles and was set up to be the villain of the second season of Terriers that sadly never happened.
Episode Where He Met His Maker: “Slaughterhouse”
Did Raylan Givens Shoot Him? No, Errol did the shooting, but Givens “disarmed him” (U.S. Marshal humor) so Limehouse could deliver the death blow, hacking off his left arm at the elbow.
Why Not? I’m sure he wished he had.
Will You Miss Him Next Season? It was pretty obvious from the beginning that Quarles wasn’t going to make it to Season 4 — villains this unhinged aren’t sustainable — but he would make things interesting as long as he was around.

Eric Ducker is a writer and editor living in Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @mrducker.