I am sure it has not escaped your attention that I love movies, television, and books. I love the heroes and I love the villains. Mostly I love to hate the villains.
I hadn’t given a ton of thought to this topic lately, until I read a post from Military Wife about villains she and her husband sympathize with. And I started thinking about it a lot because sometimes I’m watching something or reading something and I think to myself, “You know, this bad person kind of has a point…”
And so, today, I’m sharing three villains I sort of understand. Maybe sympathize with a little.
I’m not saying I agree with them.
But I kind of see where they’re coming from.
In no particular order, other than that my most controversial pick is the last one…
(Oh, and to be clear, these are not my top three FAVORITE villains. Just the ones where I’m kinda like, Well…yeah….)
Norman Bates, Psycho
So…yeah. What can you say about Norman Bates? I mean, the dude is actually psycho. He crazy. And it’s not his fault because his mom was crazy and then she invaded his brain and eventually took over his personality too. Not in a supernatural way. It was in a completely psychological way. But still. I mean, it’s sad that he killed Marion Crane, but then…it’s not like she was even that innocent, amiright?
And also? I know Bates Motel isn’t a great show, but I dig it and it’s fun to watch Norman’s decent back when he was a teenager.
Jack Torrance, The Shining
So the Jack Torrance in the movie is much different from the Jack Torrance in the book. I enjoy watching the Jack Nicholson portrayal because he’s so good at playing bat shit crazy.
But man, the Jack Torrance that Stephen King wrote? He’s very layered and interesting. And I really like him a lot. Yeah, okay, he is an alcoholic, but he spends a lot of time focusing on his sobriety, until he gets to a point where he just can’t handle the things that are happening around and to him. He has major internal conflicts right up until the very end. He doesn’t just go crazy and try to kill his family. There is more. So much more. And he fights that descent into madness with everything he has.
Cesei Lannister, Game of Thrones
All right, this one may be a little bit too much for some of you, but hear me out.
Now, I’ll be completely honest that I haven’t read the fifth book yet and I’m only halfway through season 6, so my feelings may change by the end of the week.
For right now, I have to say that I’m kind of starting to see Cersei’s side of things. She grew up as the daughter of Tywin Lannister. Anyone who gets through that deserves a medal. Jamie and Tyrion are certified heroes (yeah, I even like Jamie now, even after what he did in the first freaking episode), but Cersei has been the vilest one from pretty much the beginning. She’s manipulative. She is perfectly fine with having people killed to further her purposes.
There’s also the fact, though, that she’s a mother and has now lost (SPOILER ALERT!!) two of her children. To murder. She can’t be with the man she loves because it’s icky and wrong. And, again, she grew up with Tywin Lannister. There’s a lot for her to deal with. Plus, that whole Walk of Atonement thing was awful. Maybe she deserved it, but does anyone really deserve that? I don’t know.
And I don’t want her to win. I don’t. In my dream ending, Jon Snow finds out he’s not Ned’s son after all, and is not even a bastard and is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne, marries Daenerys and they rule together happily ever after with gorgeous babies that have ridiculously beautiful hair.
But this is Game of Thrones. I’m pretty sure there’s no such thing as happily ever after. For anyone.