. It would have been so easy to just make him the muscle
I agree 100%Because he had two of the best scenes in the entire show - his entrance and his 'cater to the demons' speech in the lobby of W&H. He was a minor, background character that they didn't know would become a regular at the time and they still gave him these scenes and J. pulled them off perfectly. Plus, J. is just an awesome guy, love him so much.
I like the fact that he was such a three dimensional character. It would have been so easy to just make him the muscle, to sharpen all his edges and leave it at that. 'Oh, he had a rough childhood and now he's all emotionally closed off and can't form real relationships with people'. Instead he was able to fall in love with someone who is his complete opposite, he was able to let her go when he saw that it wasn't working and be happy for her when she found someone else. He can admit when he was wrong, takes responsibility for his actions and does everything he can to try and fix it, and when he can't, he tries his best to make things better for the people he hurt.
I love Gunn, I think he's a great character.