If you’re not upset that Timothy Olyphant and Walton Goggins didn’t get Emmy nominations, then you haven’t watched FX’s Justified. Today is your last day to view the season finale on Hulu. We’ve embedded it in full below, after a clip of the must-watch end shootout. The season finale was a spectacularly satisfying payoff for anyone who watched the 12 episodes that preceded it. But if you’re a newbie, we’ve got your cheat sheet after the jump as well. It’s not too late to enjoy one of the TV season’s best hours.
• Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Olyphant) was reassigned to his native Kentucky after he shot a gangster in Miami. He’s got an ex-wife, Winona (Natalie Zea), who left him for a realtor, Gary, she then married. Winona started off the season trading barbs with Raylan — which made their chemistry a fan favorite — but she just showed up at Raylan’s motel and the two had sex. Ava (Joelle Carter), the woman Raylan had been sleeping with, saw her leave the room.
• Ava shot and killed her abusive husband, Bowman, at the start of the series. Raylan shot and injured Bowman’s brother, Boyd (Goggins), a former coal-mining buddy who grew up to be a bank-robbing white supremacist who likes to blow stuff up. Because of Raylan’s affair with Ava, Boyd got out of jail. Boyd claimed to have had a religious conversion in prison and is currently preaching in the woods to a gang of loyal misfits who are helping him stop his father, Bo (M.C. Gainey), who also just got out of prison and wants Ava dead, from producing meth. Raylan thinks Boyd’s full of s—, but doesn’t have the evidence to tie him to the meth lab explosion or his earlier sins. Boyd also just used “thank you” cash from father, who thought Boyd was doing him a favor by scaring the local meth cookers back into their previous protection and collection arrangement, to blow up a shipment being trucked to Kentucky from the Miami drug cartel that wants Raylan dead.
• When Bo was in prison, he handed his protection racket over to Arlo Givens (Raymond J. Barry), Raylan’s father, who couldn’t get people to pay up. Bo is pissed, and wants his money. Raylan hates Arlo, but knows that Bo will kill his father and his stepmother, Helen (Linda Gehringer), if they don’t find some cash quick. Helen has told Arlo they have two options: either he kills Bo or they skip town. Raylan and the Marshals’ office have given him another — help them get evidence to put Bo back in a cell. That doesn’t go well…