I'm not following. So, Boyd who orders the killing of an innocent woman is grown up and responsible? But Raylan who is excited about a possible promotion is bad?
Ellen May is no innocent. She robbed at least one bank, saw Delroy shoot one of the other girls involved and one girl died as a result of that robbery. She didn't run to the police - she ran to Ava and begged for protection. Ava gave her that and wound up shooting Delroy. It wasn't only to protect Ellen May, granted.
I don't mind Raylan being excited about a promotion but I've seen very little change in him since he found out about his child on the way. He didn't go with Winona to the ultrasound and hasn't signed some papers she's been asking him to. He hid his money in a drawer in his room and Grifter Barbie stole it. That's about the only preparation I've seen him make for the baby. For someone bucking for a promotion he's become almost worse about obeying the rules - taking his father's murderer on transport and then worming his way out of a suspension doesn't exactly scream responsible or growing up. He's followed the rules when it suited him for the past three seasons and that hasn't changed.
Boyd is a criminal - yes. But he loves Ava more than himself. I wouldn't be one bit shocked if he confessed to Delory's murder to save her should it come to that. He wants to give her a home and respectability one day. Ava makes him want to be a better person - still a criminal but a better person. Raylan is still refusing to deal with his Arlo issues and until he does that he's going to keep doing things his way - the same way. It cost him Winona once and it will probably end up costing him both her and his daughter this time.
However that doesn't make it Raylan's fault Winona and the baby are in jeopardy cause he did his job - that's all on the Detroit Mob being pure scum.
It's not black and white. Boyd is no means perfect but neither is Raylan. That's why I enjoy the characters on this show so much - they are great shades of gray. I love Boyd and Raylan as mirrors or one another. Despite what Bo did to Boyd he moved on from it. Raylan may let Arlo hang over him to the point it costs him dearly.nicodelaney
I loved your summary.