BLOGS

The Telefile
Justified: Why Mags Bennett Was One of the Best Characters on TV This Season

Justified ends its exemplary second season this week, and if it's anything like last season's finale, I expect a tremendous amount of carnage to go down. Clearly, though we all love her dearly, some of that bloodshed may befall the gloriously villainous Mags Bennett (she may stick around indefinitely, Boyd Crowder-style, but my gut says that she and her son Dickie are dead meat), who has completely stolen the season and whose likely Emmy snub I'm already preparing to decry in a few months. So, just in case she goes out tomorrow night, I thought I'd compile all the wonderful, finger-smashing things I'll miss about dear old Mags. And if she lives, let's just call this a fun tribute to the antics of one of the greatest new characters on TV this year.

That Hammer Scene
There's a lot of fantastic violence on FX, but the last time I saw someone callously take a hammer to someone's fingers, it was in Body of Lies -- a movie about terrorists -- and they were doing it to a CIA agent, not their own mentally challenged son. I know Gemma Teller once held a gun to a baby's head and everything, but not even Gemma Teller is Mags-hammer-wielding awesome.

She Manipulates with the Best of Them
When she's working anybody but Raylan, she's unstoppable. The way she rallied the people of Harlan against Black Pike with an impassioned speech just to cut herself a profit was chillingly convincing. And though her feigning tears to gain access to Loretta after Coover's death didn't sway Raylan, it honestly worked on me. If there's a better evil mastermind on TV right now I can't think of one.

Innovative Fashions
It really never occurred to me that I could use a tool belt as an actual belt before. It just makes so much sense, I'm surprised Mags is the only one doing it.

She's the Anti-Ava and Winona
It's nice to see a female character on this show who at least has a decent plan before she does things. Considering that Ava's love affair with Boyd Crowder was pretty much her entire storyline this season and that Winona's idiotic theft of evidence locker money was a big chuck of hers, it's nice to see a truly competent woman on this show, even if she is a bit of a psychopath. (You could say Rachel fills this purpose as well, and I'd agree, but Rachel's too minor a character to make much of a dent on Winona's awfulness.)

Apple Pie
By my count, there are two prominent bootleggers on cable at the moment: Nucky Thompson from Boardwalk Empire and Mags Bennett. Nucky may dress better, but Mags is the real moonshine artist of the moment. You don't see people on the boardwalk raving about the flavor profiles of Nucky's swill like the folks in Kentucky do for Mags on Justified every episode. Added strategic bonus: Better tasting moonshine equals better poison veiling! This woman is a genius.

Your favorite Mags memories? Your own apple pie recipes? Leave them in the comments!

What are people saying about your favorite shows and stars right now? Find out with Talk Without Pity, the social media site for real TV fans. See Tweets and Facebook comments in real time and add your own -- all without leaving TWoP. Join the conversation now!

Comments

SHARE THE SNARK

X

Get the most of your experience.
Share the Snark!

See content relevant to you based on what your friends are reading and watching.

Share your activity with your friends to Facebook's News Feed, Timeline and Ticker.

Stay in Control: Delete any item from your activity that you choose not to share.

MOST RECENT POSTS

BLOG ARCHIVES

The Telefile

March 2014

25 ENTRIES

February 2014

24 ENTRIES

January 2014

43 ENTRIES

December 2013

15 ENTRIES

November 2013

28 ENTRIES

October 2013

40 ENTRIES

September 2013

37 ENTRIES

August 2013

16 ENTRIES

July 2013

15 ENTRIES

June 2013

26 ENTRIES

May 2013

38 ENTRIES

April 2013

43 ENTRIES

March 2013

35 ENTRIES

February 2013

58 ENTRIES

January 2013

62 ENTRIES

December 2012

48 ENTRIES

November 2012

62 ENTRIES

October 2012

107 ENTRIES

September 2012

103 ENTRIES

August 2012

103 ENTRIES

July 2012

78 ENTRIES

June 2012

88 ENTRIES

May 2012

101 ENTRIES

April 2012

108 ENTRIES

March 2012

103 ENTRIES

February 2012

93 ENTRIES

January 2012

113 ENTRIES

The Latest Activity On TwOP