Nathan Fillion is one of the nerd community’s favorite actors thanks to his stint as Mal Reynolds on Joss Whedon’s Firefly. Fillion first made his way into the Halo universe as Edward Buck in 2009’s ODST, and he’ll be returning again for Halo 5 as part of Fireteam Osiris. What many people don’t know is that Buck almost didn’t make it into the game at all.
Halo 5’s writer Brian Reed tweeted a picture of the cover of the game’s art book. The cover shows both Blue Team–Master Chief, Fred, Linda, and Kelly–and Osiris–Locke, Tanaka, Vale, but…not Buck. Instead, the fourth member of Osiris was originally Gabriel Thorne, which quite a few people took notice of:
Reed quickly explained that yeah, Thorne was originally part of Osiris instead of Buck when they were first conceiving the team.
Sadly, Thorne has to sit Halo 5 out, but you can still catch the Spartan-IV in the Halo Escalation comics. And who knows, maybe he’ll show up next time!
Just don’t mention it to Thorne, he’s still taking it hard.