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.
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.)
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!
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