Really, really, really and truly: Boyd Crowder on FX’s ‘Justified’ might be my all-time favorite character of faith (and doubt) on a television show ever. Everything about Boyd–from his charisma, to his misguided preaching, to his encounter with doubt–is so unbelievably riveting that the way actor Walton Goggins plays Boyd calls to mind Robert Duvall’s turn in ‘The Apostle,’ one of my all-time favorite movies.
Just a few weeks ago I was wondering if season two of ‘Justified’ would continue to develop Boyd’s character in as amazing a way as season one did by its end. Well, the series is delivering on their season one promise and then some. Boyd is fantastic, and while last season began with Boyd the Monster and heartless criminal, who found God and did his best to turn his entire life (and that of everyone else nearby) around, this season has Boyd neck deep in a serious crisis of faith.
So far Boyd has:
1) Begun to doubt God after the loss of all the people he cares about.
2) Started drinking again after swearing off alcohol.
3) Traded his Bible-reading for some secular philosophy.
4) Gone on the rampage a bit, unable to control his rage any longer.
5) Turned once again to criminal behavior, arguing that he just can’t seem to get it out of his blood.
Boyd’s entire demeanor is that of a broken man, a man who is lost and desperately searching for a way back to faith but who lives in a world who will not let him get there, and which places temptation in his way with every step he takes.
What a character. ‘Justified’ is a must-see show in general, but even more so because of the Boyd Crowder thread. Heartbreaking. It airs tonight at 10pm on FX.