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