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The Moonshine War 

Raylan tangles with a ruthless Harlan County crime family while hunting for a fugitive sex offender.


Adam Arkin


Graham Yost (developed for television by), Graham Yost (teleplay) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy Olyphant ... Raylan Givens
Nick Searcy ... Art Mullen
Joelle Carter ... Ava Crowder
Jacob Pitts ... Tim Gutterson
Erica Tazel ... Rachel Brooks
Natalie Zea ... Winona Hawkins
Walton Goggins ... Boyd Crowder
Margo Martindale ... Mags Bennett
Jeremy Davies ... Dickie Bennett
Alexandra Barreto ... Pilar
Jordi Caballero ... Gio Reyes
Matt Craven ... Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Dan Grant
Kaitlyn Dever ... Loretta McCready
Brad William Henke ... Coover Bennett
Chris Mulkey ... Walt McCready


Raylan tangles with a ruthless Harlan County crime family while hunting for a fugitive sex offender.

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Did You Know?


Regular cast member Jacob Pitts would go on to have a recurring role in the Amazon Original Series Sneaky Pete (2015). Additional cast members that have roles in Sneaky Pete (2015) include Margo Martindale; Brad William Henke and Joseph Lyle Taylor, Director of this episode, Adam Arkin, directed two episodes of Sneaky Pete (2015) Including, like this episode, the first episode of the show's second season. He also goes on to play the Detroit mob boss Theo Tonin later in the series. See more »


Early in the episode, Raylen returns to his motel room, the site of last season's finale shooting, to find two (2) taped outlines of gunman he had shot and killed. In reality, tape or chalk line outlines are only used when the suspect is still alive and needs to be transported to a hospital for life saving efforts. Dead suspects would be photographed as part of an extensive forensics investigation which would most likely preclude the room being returned to the shooter or any other guest for several days. See more »


Chief Deputy Art Mullen: Well you know what happens now, don't you? We get legions of AUSAs all up in our ass.
[Motions towards his door before turning towards his safe]
Chief Deputy Art Mullen: Tim! We're going to do the gun thing.
Tim Gutterson: Relinquishing a firearm can be a very emotional moment, and there always must be another deputy in attendance. Add in some premium alcohol, what could possibly go wrong?
Raylan Givens: [Sliding his gun into the envelope offered by Art] Thank you.
Chief Deputy Art Mullen: Uh huh.
Tim Gutterson: [They toast and knock back their bourbon] What you gonna get next?
Raylan Givens: Probably the same ...
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Long Hard Times To Come
(Title Theme) (uncredited)
Written by Rench and T.O.N.E-z
Performed by Gangstagrass featuring T.O.N.E-z
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Raaaaylan Givens, I've seen you and your big hat on TV the other day
25 January 2015 | by gplusrSee all my reviews

That's it, after an amazing season finale, this is where the show really starts.

We're introduced to the Bennett Family, they run the police (Doyle Bennett, the older son played by Joseph Lyle Taylor), the criminal activity (Mags Bennett, the matriarch and best villain on the show played by the lovely Margo Martindale) and the weed business in Bennett County, they also hire dumb child abusers, courtesy from Dickie and Coover Bennett (Played by Lost alums Jeremy Davies and Brad William Henke).

There's another family who holds an almost eternal beef with the Givens family, specially Raylan, since he's the one responsible for Dickie's leg not working as it was supposed to work.

We're also introduced to the McCready family, composed by the father Walt (Chris Bulkey) and his daughter Loretta (Kaitlyn Dever).

In this episode, Raylan finishes his business with Gio Reyes not the way he's used to, while he teams up with Rachel to rescue Loretta from the hands of a child abuser James Earl Dean (Billy Miller).

9/10, an excellent start to a season that some consider to be the best of the entire show until now (although Seasons 3 and 4 are also high-caliber TV in all levels).


Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant).

Mags Bennett (Margo Martindale).

Dickie Bennett (Jeremy Davies).

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Release Date:

9 February 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Green Valley, California, USA See more »

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