Being Walton Goggins is a very interesting and conflicting thing. While he’s a gifted actor who has appeared in hit television shows like Justified, Sons of Anarchy and The Shield as well as Hollywood films like Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, Goggins almost wasn’t the big star he is today.
That’s because on two occasions his character was supposed to die in the pilot episodes of hit shows he later became an important part of. On both the pilot episode of The Shield and the pilot episode of Justified, Goggins’ character was supposed to die, but survived for a very long time afterwords.
His Shane Vendrell in The Shield was supposed to die in an early episode, but lasted seven seasons.
Likewise, Crowder wasn’t supposed to survive the pilot of Justified. But Goggins’ portrayal proved so irresistible they decided to keep Boyd around.
Aaron Paul went through a smilier situation on Breaking Bad as his character Jessie Pinkman was meant to die in the pilot but went on to survive the entire series and make Paul an Emmy winning actor.
Goggins role on Justified may be coming to an end in the near future as the series enters its final season in 2015, but it’s interesting to know that it’s just impossible to kill off his characters until you get some episodes under their belt.