‘Justified’ Season 3 Casts Villains Neal McDonough & Mykelti Williamson

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 3rd, 2013 at 9:06 am,

As the saying goes, a hero is only as good as the villain who opposes him – and for Timothy Olyphant’s Raylan Givens of FX’s Justified, two villains might just make him twice the hero. With production on season 3 underway soon, some eleventh hour casting brings former Boomtown actors Neal McDonough and Mykelti Williamson to the series as the season’s main antagonists.

First up, McDonough (Captain America: The First Avenger, Minority Report) will portray Quarles, a Detroit gangster looking to make a power play in the void left by the Crowder and Bennett families from seasons past. Given Quarles hails from the Motor City, and supposedly has a penchant for fine tailoring – he may find himself a fish out of water in Harlan County.

Williamson (Forrest Gump, CSI: NY) plays Limehouse – the decidedly more homegrown of the two baddies in season 3. Limehouse comes from a small, predominantly black town in Harlan County – and has no qualms with breaking the law in order to keep his holler protected.

Of the two, Williamson’s Limehouse certainly seems to have the potential for a moral grey area, and, being a local, a modicum of empathy from Givens. McDonough’s Quarles, though, may be the more cut-and-dry villain of the season. Fans can begin to speculate how the pair will manage to cause trouble for Raylan and his marshals.

Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens FX Justified season 3 Justified Season 3 Casts Villains Neal McDonough & Mykelti Williamson

However the characters play out, the fact remains that McDonough and Williamson have some big shoes to fill after Margo Martindale’s performance as the cunning head of the Bennett clan earned her Justified’s sole Emmy – despite Olyphant, Watlon Goggins and Jeremy Davies being nominated for their respective portrayals of Raylan Givens, Boyd Crowder and Dickie Bennett.

While Martindale’s turn largely made the second season of Justified the critical success and crowd-pleaser that it was, fans will likely be ecstatic to see Jeremy Davies return as Dickie, the tenacious member of the now depleted Bennett clan – who, given the events of last season’s finale ‘Bloody Harlan,’ can add the deaths of his brothers and mother to the laundry-list of grievances held against Raylan.

As an executive producer and head writer on Justified, Graham Yost (Speed, Band of Brothers) must choose his villains very carefully, as it has become evident each installment isn’t merely looking for every big bad to be dispatched by Raylan at the close of the season – but by keeping adversaries like Boyd Crowder and Dickie Bennett alive, the writers are enriching the Justified pool of characters, and in essence, creating a bit of a rogues gallery that is every bit as intriguing as U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens.


The 13-episode third season of Justified starts in January 2012 on FX.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Man I just love this show so much. It’s fantastic in pretty much every aspect. Can not wait to see Season 3 given that season 1 was a great show and season 2 was even better I can only hope that season 3 continues the up hill trend. There was no Sophomore slump with Justified.

  2. I agree. Justified consistently delivers.
    Looks like season 3 is on track to as well.
    If pressed I would say this is my favorite show.

  3. Its about time they started releasing news about this series.

  4. I am dying for season 3,,,CAN’T WAIT

  5. I hope they stop at 4 seasons, 5 tops. I love the show but I dont want it to kill itself.

    I would even accept Mr. Givens quitting or being shot/killed.

    • I have to say Aknot I think that would be far to short. I think 6 is usually good for your average show, but shows like Justified are so short in season that only 4 seasons would just be pointless. I’d consider it a waste of my time to even have started watching it. It’s not enough time to have real character growth and development. People sell longer shows to short. Plenty of shows hit 6 or even 7 seasons and stay great all the way through. The Shield IMO is still the best show to have been on television and it not once hit a low point. Rescue me was a fantastic show that in season 6 got a little weak but only for a few episodes and the 7th final season came back in full strength being among the best of it’s seasons.

      I understand the want to not have a show you go on to long, but I hardly think 6 seasons is to long especially for a show that only has a mere 13 episodes. It had hardly enough time to even do anything by the time it really finds it’s self and the characters finally start to show real growth you’d want it to end.

      Things like that are the reason I have trouble enjoying British tv. They create something truly great and then ruin it by making just a few episodes and ending it.

      • Concur to a degree but I am already seeing a repetitive streak with the use of ‘bad guys’.

        Once one is removed there is another season villain.

        What growth is there for the characters? I can see Givens either quitting (going back as shooting instructor) to have a family or staying on.

        His ex needs to decide if that is what she wants. Ava and Boyd are spoken for and if they switch beds again that will be redundent.

        Topping Mags will be VERY difficult and if it happens great but where do you go from there?

        There are a few characters that need more fleshing out but how do you do that without detracting away from Givens? Gutterson, Brooks and Mullen come to mind yet again when you have ‘new’ villians each season do you want to shave their face time down?

        Next season should be it. I mean every other year there is a power play for Harlan. You would think the Marshalls office would catch on.

        It should be a Givens vs Crowder show down. Givens either dies or is put in such a position he has to quit.

        The Crowder clan (and or Bennets) need to be addressed OR in a different sort of twist have them ‘win’.

        The US Marshalls office can decide it is to small fry and just let the county burn. Givens quits/retires/transfers/dies.

        I dont need a happy ending. I need a realistic ending. Givens giving Harlan county the middle finger or getting out drawn to include a fatal ending would not take away from the show overall.

        I just dont see it going on much longer and keeping the same level without being repetitive.

        • Just have to agree to disagree I guess. If next season ended up being the last I’d never buy another DVD for the show. The characters need to much fleshing out and development for the series to end so soon.

          Personally a realistic ending wouldn’t be Givens leaving that IMO would be the happy annoying unrealistic ending. Fatal though I can see even if it isn’t Givens death. Maybe his refusal to walk away gets his wife killed or maybe he finally has to kill Boyd after everything they have been through together it would be hard on him and a great way to end. Ending it the way it started with Raylan putting a bullet in Boyd.

          • ;) We always do dont we.

        • Aknot. I disagree. It’s just like real life. You take out one drug dealing scumbag, another one takes their place. Now, I wouldn’t mind seeing Raylan take a cpl of seasons to do away with a ring leader, or take them out a couple episodes before the season ends, and giving us a taste of what’s to come the following season.

  6. Wow, haven’t seen much of this show, but will catch up. I heard of this show cause the guy who created it and the writers/directors/producers worked on Boomtown, the short lived cop drama that is, for my money, one of the greatest tv series ever made. I might even put it above The Wire or Breaking Bad or Malcolm in the Middle. Anyway, cool that Yost got these two. They were great characters on Boomtwon!

  7. When will season 2 be released on dvd?

  8. Wow ! A couple of great additions to the show, and I’m also hearing that the great, very sexy Carlo Gugino will be joining season 3 as a former Marshals’ associate of Raylan’s. Last season was outstanding but the potential to top it is definitely there with these new cast members. As far as Dickie goes, as much as I love his character I still think he might bite the dust ( at Boyd’s hand ) early in season 3. With the new cast members it might be somewhat unwieldly to have too many storylines taking place, and perhaps the show will wrap up the Dickie angle much like the Miami storyline was put to bed in season 2′s opener, so that the show could move on to new ground. However things proceed, this is one great show and I am already looking forward to it.

  9. Oh man, cannot wait! I could watch Justified all the time. As it is I am contenting myself with watching Ava and Winona guest starring on other shows (Prime Suspect, Person of Interest)and just waiting…..

  10. So very much looking forward to the new season. I’ve even ordered myself a “Stetson” like Raylan.

  11. What about the ex- Mrs. Givens (Winona) who announced she was pregnant at the end of season 2?

    • i hope shes on the 3rd season that would be awesome

  12. i love justified i bought both seasons.im confused about dickie though did he go to jail or what? will he be on the 3rd season i hope so he can have thier name unforgottenable.i loved mags i think shes wonderful villian