Not much has been revealed about Amazon Prime’s upcoming Fallout TV series, but we now know Walton Goggins has been cast … and he’ll be playing a ghoul!
Goggins has been in many movies and shows but not often as a lead character (Django Unchained, Ant Man and the Wasp, Justified, Predators). In terms of post-apocalyptic stuff he’s been part of, there’s not much (except for the dystopian Maze Runner: The Death Cure). Yet, this isn’t a bad thing. “Ghoulifying” a very famous actor might be distracting if you’re trying to see the actor through the makeup/special effects. Choosing an actor you only recognize when you look them up on IMBD rather than, say Tom Cruise, makes for a more immersive experience for the viewer.
The Fallout universe is vast with so many opportunities for plotlines and stories (will we get a G.E.C.K? The Wasteland Survival Guide? Will Joshua Graham make an appearance? What about the Institute?), and while I had assumed that ghouls would be involved (feral and otherwise), does this casting mean the main character will be played by Goggins?
Honestly, while I have many speculations on how the show will go, I never considered a ghoul main character. But I’m totally here for it.
Playing as a ghoul is something the game has never allowed (your backstory as a character generally involves living in a Vault, and it would nullify any threat of radiation), so a ghoul main character in the show might suggest we’re not going to get a rehash of one of the game’s plots. I’m still hoping there will be many easter eggs and cameos for us Fallout superfans, but I’m also looking forward to a new take or adaptation on the series.
The question is, will the ghouls look like the decomposing corpses of Fallout 3/New Vegas or the less undead Fallout 4/76?
Either way, I’m pretty happy that we might be getting a ghoul protagonist. I always loved the lore behind them, and it also doesn’t help that I have an unabashed crush on Hancock from Fallout 4.
How can you not?
I think a Ghoul main character opens up a lot of possibilities, mainly their long life-span allowing us to follow the same character in different time periods of the franchise, time jumps and flashbacks.
But also the personal struggle of slowly going feral if they want to end the series or kill-off the character.
As for which appearance they take I wouldn’t be apposed to them suggesting both are valid and are the result of different conditions and genetic pre-dispositions.
My main question is: Is it a new canon or is it in the game continuity?