After wrapping six seasons on FX’s Justified, Walton Goggins took a break from TV drama with the dark HBO comedy Vice Principals. But he’s back for more next month in Six, a scripted series inspired by SEAL Team Six missions, premiering Jan. 18 on History.
As the key art conveys, Goggins stars as a former leader of SEAL Team Six, Richard “Rip” Taggart, who’s captured by Boko Haram alongside the students and teacher of a girls’ school in Nigeria. The men formerly under his command request the rescue mission, and get it, because even though an unraveled Rip left them for contract work after making a questionable decision during a 2014 mission in Afghanistan — an event that will have surprising reverberations two years later — they’re still brothers.
“This is the most elite fighting force in the world,” Goggins says in the behind-the-scenes video below. “You don’t do what these guys do and escape that without real consequences.”
Through flashbacks, we see Rip build the team up and his downward spiral. In the present day, we watch Rip try to rediscover his humanity and SEAL identity as that brotherhood, now led by Rip’s protégé, Barry Sloane’s Joe “Bear” Graves, continues to fight on despite the price the men pay as husbands and fathers.
Six is created by William Broyles (Cast Away, Apollo 13, Jarhead) and David Broyles, a military special operations veteran, who join Bruce C. McKenna (Band of Brothers, The Pacific), Karen Campbell (Dexter), and Alfredo Barrios Jr. (Burn Notice) as writers on the series. Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Mitchell Hall (Zero Dark Thirty, Lone Survivor) serves as the series’s technical advisor.
Six premieres Jan. 18 at 10 p.m. on History.