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Our boy Boyd Crowder is in a very different place when the new season opens. How thrown is he by the appearance of this new preacher?
I think Boyd is, for the first time, in charge, really in charge of something — of an enterprise, so to speak, a criminal kind of entity. That is, the criminal empire that he runs in Harlan County. There’s no one else really challenging him there. With that comes a lot of fiduciary responsibilities. Once you’ve made it, once you have something to lose, then you need to defend your territory. That’s all new to Boyd. Between that, between his relationship with Ava, between the opportunities that are going to present themselves by working with the people up in Lexington and in Detroit, he is, in some ways, stepping way out of his league. That will continue as the season continues.
One part of that is greed. But what (showrunner) Graham (Yost) does and what Elmore Leonard does and what our writers try to do, when they are emulating Elmore, is give (Boyd) a reason for doing the things that he’s doing. That’s something that is the most important thing to me. Hopefully, what you’ll see is that these steps, stepping out of one’s comfort zone, are in the service of something greater. Boyd really has an endgame. He’s working hard to that end. You won’t really know what that endgame is until the season progresses. He sees this as a real opportunity to make some changes in his life that will affect him for the rest of his life and the people around him. We’ll see whether or not he makes it. (Laughing)
Some people describe Boyd as a villain, but we never think of him that way. He’s a complicated guy for sure, but not really a villain. Do you agree?
I would never use that word to describe him. What we like to do — and what, again, is servicing the story, coming at it from that angle — is to always try to find balance.
How big of a role does Ava play in who Boyd becomes?
I think Ava plays the biggest role. Second to Ava is his relationship with Raylan. Maybe before those two, Boyd is Boyd’s biggest ally in the sense that Boyd demands of himself a certain amount of self reflection and growth. I think that’s really the only way he survives. For him, being stagnant is death. So, between those three entities, he will ultimately get to wherever it is he’s going.