Dan Weiss on what makes a good villain

I liked this insight into character development for villains, from an interview with Game of Thrones co-showrunner, Dan Weiss:

“Far more often than an evil alpha male out to do evil for the sake of evil, bad things often come from people who are unfit to occupy positions of power, who find themselves in positions of power they are not suited for. They don’t have the moral fiber or leadership skills, but for some reason they find themselves sitting on the throne, and that’s where things go horribly wrong. For anybody who’s read history books or read the newspaper, that feels true.”

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(Fair waning: the interview itself contains spoilers for season 4, if you haven’t watched it yet.)

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