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Category: Interviews

Walton talks ‘Justified’ with

In the first season your character was the antagonist, but in the second season, we’re almost kind of pulling for him so I’m kind of curious what you think about the transition for your character between seasons and if you feel that he’s become a more sympathetic character?

Walton Goggins: I think that Boyd is continually changing. I think that from the pilot to episode two was a big swing in a completely different direction. Then from Season One to Season Two is an even bigger swing. I think that if you look at the trajectory of Boyd Crowder and you think about kind of this Svengali, kind of this showman in the pilot episode. Then this near-death experience and this religious conversion and the ambiguous kind of nature of that conversion, only to be revealed at the end of Season One that he did truly believe in God. In some ways that was his answer so that when we come into Season Two having that foundation rocked to its core, I think what you found is a man who is not even searching for meaning. He’s searching for the absence of meaning. He’s just trying to wander and be aimless for a while. I think we, as human beings, find a character like that sympathetic. I think that with that type of vulnerability that Boyd is feeling this season that you’re going to get an opportunity, as you already have through these five episodes to kind of see who this guy is. You’re looking behind the curtain; you’re getting to see behind the facade. It’s really interesting to me because I didn’t really know who he was. It’s still a mystery to me. I’m still kind of figuring it out every single day. This season, at the beginning, I think what (series creator) Graham (Yost) and the writers and myself tried to do is to take a man who lived in the extremes only to thread a needle, to come out the other side and maybe find a man in balance. What will a Boyd Crowder in balance look like? I don’t know.

This season, Boyd has done something we haven’t seen from him before and that’s that he’s shown himself equally capable of being at peace in a domestic situation or turning tables on those three mine-robbers who would have killed him. He even gave them a chance to make a different choice. What is it about Boyd that makes him not merely equally comfortable with both peaceful and dangerous situations, but capable of enjoying both equally?

Walton Goggins: I think it’s been a journey of self-discovery for him this season. He’s in the process of figuring that out. I don’t want to give it away now, but coming up in three or four episodes, you’re basically going to see what Boyd has taken away from this introspective, this journey within. He’s going to be able to articulate this in a way that Boyd would articulate this, in a poetic way. He’s going to just lay it all out there. Like having taken the time and looked at life from all these different angles, this is what I walk away with. It’s beautiful and in some ways, I think for the audience, hopefully you’ll really understand this guy and not just feel sympathy for him, but you’ll kind of understand it from a birds-eye point of view and you’ll see kind of his worldview laid out in a way that makes sense.

When Boyd actually gave those three the chance to make a different choice, that suggests that Boyd has developed even more a peculiar and personal code of behavior. How do you think he has developed this?

Walton Goggins: It’s interesting that you say that. I was about to say that his moral compass does not always point north by a larger society’s standard, but there is a moral code there and it is shifting. Whereas before he probably would have shot all three of those men point-blank, he did give them an opportunity to make the decision for themselves. I think that had they decided not to go against Boyd that Boyd would have honored his word and gone through with the robbery. It’s interesting how his moral code has changed from the beginning of Season One. I think that what you’re going to see, hopefully, what will inform that moral code more than anything and allow him to find a place in the middle is love. I think you’re seeing that burgeoning relationship happening now between him and Ava – I think I’m okay to say that. At the end of the day, what may be Boyd’s salvation is love. A moral code infused with that kind of love, to Boyd, is even more complex than believing in Jesus or any other escapade he’s found himself in or on. Continue reading

Joelle Carter talks with Daemon’s TV about Ava and Boyd

Daemon’s TV recently spoke with Joelle Carter who plays the strong willed Ava on ‘Justified’ to discuss her relationships on the show, including Boyd and Ava. Here is what she had to say:

At the beginning of this season, fans–and Raylan–were surprised to learn that Boyd had moved in with Ava. When Joelle was asked how she felt about that development, she answered, “I think in the end Ava has to do what she has to do to survive and having Boyd live with her helps make ends meet and it’s opened her up to discovering who she is a little bit more. I think it was a good idea.”

Even more surprising than Boyd and Ava’s living arrangements is the fact that Ava is developing feelings for him. Joelle said showing the change in their relationship has been difficult. “You don’t see a lot of the relationship building and growing, and that was a big challenge for me because I would have these short scenes to show the audience that this is where these people are now and you can imagine with us that they’ve been cohabitating together and learning more about each other.”

The course of Ava and Boyd’s burgeoning relationship has not been and will not be smooth and for every step forward, there will be at least a half step back. “Just the idea of her going up to his bedroom because she’s a little bored and she knows he’s there and she’s starting to enjoy his company a little bit more. She calls him out like ‘It’s okay if we get to know each other a little better. I want to know more about you.’ Even on the porch he shares some stuff with her and I found that for Ava to be intriguing and just as they’re starting to be more comfortable, then bad guys come up.”

Ava has been clear about not wanting Boyd to bring any criminal activity back to her, but as we saw at the end of the “Cottonmouth” episode, it’s not so simple for her anymore. Joelle said, “When Boyd offers her the money with the cops coming-I think it’s interesting because Ava has a big heart and she loves the idea that anyone can change and in the beginning I think she wanted to take a chance on that with Boyd. As it’s progressing, they’re kind of falling for each other a little bit and she wants to help him out because of the feelings she’s having, but he brings in yet again another complication. I think that, for Ava, she has this long, long relationship with Boyd and he’s always kind of been in love with her. She really finds him interesting, intriguing, and exciting.”

When asked if Ava would keep Boyd out of trouble, Joelle laughed. “Well, have you tried to keep a man out of trouble? I’m not sure Ava can keep herself out of trouble.” Joelle then said that even though Boyd does spell trouble, he also is something Ava has been looking for. “Ava has had a certain kind of life where people run out on her. Where Winona knows kind of what she wants: a picture of her with Raylan at the end where he does a job 9-5. For Ava, though-she’s just looking for someone to love and who’s dedicated to her and will protect her. Boyd is a gentleman and he’s devoted to her so far. I think she wishes they could stay out of trouble.”

Joelle said that fans and Ava will learn more about why Boyd makes sense for Ava as the season progresses. “I think for her, like for the audience, Boyd is someone you think you know but then maybe you don’t know completely. I think what we’ll see as time goes along is that they know each other a lot better than they thought and maybe they’re the only two people who really can know each other the way they do.”


Good or bad, Walton’s ‘Justified’ character surprises even him

Walton Goggins can cast a spell over you during a phone conversation just as easily as he does playing the magnetic Boyd Crowder in FX’s “Justified.”

He puts everything out there—even when doing an interview at the end of an early morning shoot after he’s been up the night before with his new son, Augustus Somerset. It’s hard not to be drawn in by his zeal for the work he’s doing.

“It’s always exciting,” he said, answering a simple “how’s it going?” “One should be so lucky to be in this situation that I’m in, or any other person on television [is in], who really cares about what they do every day.”

The former “The Shield” star definitely cares, and that translates to “Justified” (9 p.m. Wednesdays, FX), where his mercurial character continues to trouble U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant), the childhood friend who just can’t trust Boyd, even if he claims his outlaw days are behind him.

Since last year’s freshman season, Boyd has gone from white supremacist criminal to born-again evangelist to leader of the disenfranchised to disillusioned ex-con. He’s about to change again, Goggins teased.

“I think that he has been without the ability to see himself as good or bad, and through the course of this season, he will acquire a pair of glasses that allows him to see himself really for the first time,” Goggins said, adding with a laugh, “How about that for a quote? Come on, Curt!”

Goggins talked more about working with Olyphant (“like doing a waltz”), being a father and how cool it would be to see Boyd wearing a marshal’s star. Continue reading

Walton discusses ‘Justified’ & more with 94.7 WCSX


As always, another great interview with Walton. If you can’t choose which of the two newest audio interviews to listen to than I would definitely have to recommend listening to this one over the last one.

Walton’s interview with Wrecker from 104.9 The Eagle


Look for Walton this summer in the upcoming blockbuster Cowboys & Aliens. In fact, hear Walton talk about it, along with his roles in both The Shield in Justified.

You can check out the interview above or you can listen at the source.


Walton’s ‘Justified’ interview with

Note: If you notice, this entire interview took place in the video posted previously from – But regardless, it is a great interview!

Justified is one of the best shows on television these days, and that is in no small part to the work of Walton Goggins. Goggins was in the pilot, and there was talk that his character – Boyd Crowder – would be killed off, a “one and done.” But in crafting the pilot, they realized they could have some fun with him, and though Goggins was also shooting Predators, they managed to work him in to the first season, with his journey taking over the last couple episodes.

Goggins was wary of returning to television –as he says below – because of the seven years he put in on The Shield. His Shane Vendrell was revealed to be the heart and the central tragedy of the show. His work on The Shield is such that it’s fair to say he created one of television’s most indelible characters. And now with Justified he’s on his way to having two of the best characters put to screen. If this interview is fawning, it’s only because everyone in our group that talked to Goggins was a huge fan, and it was funny to see the women with us melting around him. Timothy Olyphant plays his role like walking sex, but Goggins definitely has his fanbase. Goggins proved to be a great interview, and at the end told us that we asked better questions than the New York Times. I’ll take it.

Your character is what absolutely sold me on this show. He’s one of the most fascinating characters on television right now. Does he know what he’s doing? Does he know if he’s on the path to redemption or not?

WALTON GOGGINS: No pressure on that answer. You know what I think that he…I don’t think that he’s ever taken the time to be introspective, to self-reflect. Last season was evidence of that. I think he started off in the pilot being one guy, and with that near death experience he went running in the opposite direction. Doing the same thing but finding God as a motivation for kind of repeating the same actions. And I think it’s only in the second season that Boyd – for the first time in his life – has looked at himself. Looked at what fuels him as a human being, and looked at his faults as a person, and in some ways has spent forty days in the desert. I think that he will emerge from this fully aware of who he is as a person – and be okay with it. It’s at the end of episode three with the throwing of that guy out of the car – it was very cathartic for him. He needed to grieve in that way, and it kind of manifested through this physical action of hurting another person, unfortunately. Because I think he was so hurt. Continue reading

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