DENMARK – Pilou Asbaek, who plays Game Of Thrones villain Euron Greyjoy, tells Sky News why it’s much more fun to play the bad guy. Of course he mentions the Eurovision Song Contest considering it bigger than the show
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 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.
Asked what he would miss most about his character now the show has ended, he said: “Him being so brutal and relentless and that he has no limits. I’m gonna miss that.
“You’re working so much [on this show] and you’re so much away from your family that it needs to be fun. With Euron Greyjoy he’s such a fun character that even though I was away from my family it didn’t feel so wrong because I had such fun doing it.
“Villains are always the best. You never want to be the hero; the heroes are boring, they always have to be politically correct. When you create a villain you’ve got to make them human.”
And then, with a raised eyebrow, he adds: “He’s not a villain – he’s just misunderstood.”
Hmm. We’re not sure his niece and nephew would agree.
Asbaek also hinted at scenes to come, saying one episode of the final season “will be so spectacular it will blow your mind”.