How would Boyd react if Vivienne was killed? Would he care? Would he go on a rampage and take out whoever was responsible?
I think probably no matter the time that would happen in his life, it would upset him. The time of his life might affect his reaction if it (had) happened–whether he just shuts down and gets depressed, or whether he tries to do something about it like track down who did it, or whether he lashes out at the moment it happens, or whether anything else. I’ve thought about it a lot, though.
Actually, there was a thing (not death but another thing) I really wanted to happen to Vivienne in ICoS and originally it was my plan for her to end the series in that situation. In fact, for years I planned on her story ending this way in the series (not ENDING-ending like she dies, just ending in the manner of “the last time we saw her she….”) but when we worked on the plot together it just didn’t quite fit by the time we got to the part where it would have come up. Which is sad because I thought it would be really cool to explore. Maybe because I wasn’t able to do that ending for Vivienne that I really wanted to do, I have a lot of thoughts about different things to explore if we ever were to write a sequel. And one of the things I would like to look at is the Beaulieu dynamics in terms of how they think about each other by that point in time.
That’s probably all I can say without giving any potential spoilers.
But anyway yeah I don’t think there’s a time in his life where he wouldn’t have cared–even when he was furious with her in early Fade, he probably still would have had some sort of reaction to her being killed. He’s always been the sort of person who was more loyal to her than she was to him.