Game Of Thrones star Pilou Asbaek: ‘Villains are the best – heroes are boring’

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Game Of Thrones star Pilou Asbaek: 'Villains are the best - heroes are boring'

Game Of Thrones does a baddie better than any other show.

First up: Joffrey, the loathsome boy king who ordered Ned Stark’s beheading in season one and, eight years later, remains arguably the show’s most hated character.

Considering his competition, it’s quite a title. Walder Frey, Ramsay Bolton, Littlefinger, Cersei Lannister… the list goes on.

Game Of Thrones star Pilou Asbaek: 'Villains are the best - heroes are boring'
Image:Cersei Lannister is the favourite of many to end the final season on the Iron Throne. Pic: HBO/Sky Atlantic
Game Of Thrones star Pilou Asbaek: 'Villains are the best - heroes are boring'

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We also have Euron Greyjoy, the pirate villain who nails bodies to ships, but is also actually quite… charming?

In this, the final series, many fans will be rooting for inadvertent heir and brooding hero Jon Snow to claim the Iron Throne, but there will surely be just as many who want to see the ruthless Cersei crowned queen, or the evil White Walkers triumph.

Game Of Thrones star Pilou Asbaek: 'Villains are the best - heroes are boring'
Image:Walder Frey was the villain behind one of the most famous scenes in Thrones history. Pic: HBO/Sky Atlantic
Game Of Thrones star Pilou Asbaek: 'Villains are the best - heroes are boring'

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Game Of Thrones is not about traditional goodies and baddies (with the exception of lovable underdog Samwell Tarly, and a few cases of pure unadulterated evil); the complex characters fans love to hate are one of the great things about the epic show.

Speaking to Sky News at the premiere of season eight in Belfast, Pilou Asbaek, who plays Greyjoy, said he would always choose to play the bad guy.


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