Make sure you check out the interview in its entirety over at EW.com
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First things first: When I talked to Graham Yost [exec producer of Justified] for an upcoming Emmy Watch item advocating for the show to break into the Best Drama category this year, he said there’d be dancing if that happens. He agreed to get you to clog on-camera for us. Are you in?
WALTON GOGGINS: (Laughs) Alright, alright. If the show gets nominated, I will clog for EW.com. You have my word. I may have to generate my own video. I may have to be in control of the shot and the lighting, but I promise you will have something you can upload to the site.
Excellent. Now, let’s talk about landing you another nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Tell us about the scene in the episode “The Devil You Know” when Boyd kills Devil (Kevin Rankin) for betraying him by joining forces with carpetbagger mobster Quarles (Neal McDonough).
People have written about it in ways that it kind of reminds the audience that Boyd is a bad man. On one hand, I agree, and on the other, I take issue simply because Boyd killed a man who was there to kill him. Boyd took no pleasure in that experience whatsoever. It broke his heart because he had to kill a person that he cared a great deal about, even though their worldviews had long since parted ways. You can’t leave someone like that alive in the perimeters of this outlaw world. Devil walks in full of this bravado and confidence thinking that he had pulled the wool over a very smart man’s eyes, and he was sure that it was going to end with him walking out of that room. What I got off on so much as an actor is that the first three-quarters of the scene really put Boyd in a very, very weak position. It’s the first time, at least on paper, that Boyd appears to be back on his heels, and in trouble, and there is no escape for him. It was important to do it that way — that was the only way that it really could be played to allow Devil to make the decision for himself. [Boyd’s basically saying] “I am your friend. I can find it within myself to forgive you if you, having all the power, at least in your mind, decide not to use it. Then we can talk about it.” Boyd just asks him over and over again. But Devil decided that he was going to have to pay for the betrayal that he was committing. This isn’t an actor trying to justify his character’s actions. It really isn’t. As an outsider looking at the scene, to me, that’s a benevolent leader… in a perverted sorta way. (Laughs) To me, it’s very a benevolent way of taking another man’s life.
It’s amazing how far Boyd and Ava have come in three seasons.
I know some tent pole issues that we’re going to be dealing with going forward, and we still have a lot of story to go. That’s what I’m so grateful for. We’re still going up the hill.