Now that Boyd's angle is all said and done, for the most part, do you believe that "Boyd is the head of Rossum" plot twist was their primary plan for the character and for the head of Rossum? In Angel, the original plan for Season 4 was for Cordelia to be the big bad, but her pregnancy forced the plans to be changed and Jasmine was born. There's also rumors that there were ideas to bring back Doyle in some capacity, I believe as another big bad, but, of course, reality interfered with any plan on that front.
Along those lines, do you believe that Boyd being the head of Rossum was their primary plan, or a contingency plan when reality prevented whatever their Plan A was?
Having had time to digest this last episode and rewatching much of Season 1, I believe that it was a contingency plan. If Evil Boyd had been better executed, I might believe that it was Plan A, but Evil Boyd just didn't work, IMO. I'm not sure it was possible for Evil Boyd to live up to the shock value, but Evil Boyd just didn't even have any consistency with Boyd prior to that episode. Even the first hint that Boyd might not be all that good and pure in Sierra's episode had much more consistency with the Boyd we knew than with Evil Boyd. I believe they had a different fate in mind for Boyd even when they wrote Epitaph One. I believe that Boyd being the big bad of Rossum was only brought about because of the premature end to the series altering their original plans.
It just doesn't add up. Boyd's backstory, as we knew it, is that he was some kind of ex-law enforcement recruited into the Dollhouse after the Alpha incident. Now its pretty clear that Dollhouse's background checks are highly overrated and can be fooled, it happened alot. However, there are several instances where Boyd displays characteristics that identify a law enforcement background, characteristics (such as his analysis of the wounds of Echo's previous handler, his analysis of Senator Perrin, which matches Ballard's) that I don't think an unbalanced, evil CEO of an evil organization would have or be able to fake so well. And seeing the Evil Boyd of the last episode, does it really seem like he is capable of maintaining the illusion of Boyd as completely as he does, able to fool two government agents, one of whom (Dominic) that would actually be looking for someone just like Boyd?
When it comes down to it, something about Evil Boyd just doesn't work for me and my mind is rejecting it. Whedon shows don't do this. Even when things don't work, like Kennedy, I still accept them. Even when the Circle of the Black Thorns pops up out of nowhere in the last two episodes, I don't reject the concept, but I just cannot accept that their original plan for Boyd was this.
Personally, I think that their original plan for the head of Rossum was to bring back a familar Whedonverse face and put them in the role, as that seemed to be one of the recurring themes of the show. In my head, I just keep seeing Anthony Stewart Head.