Like many other fans, I was disappointed when it turned out that Whitley was just like his father. Mainly because it was really, really obvious that he was going to be evil, and I was waiting for RT to surprise me. Honestly, I thought it was going to turn out that he was a good person, just creepy and off-putting because learned most of his social skills from Jacques Schnee. And maybe there would be some struggle between how he actually is and how others perceived him. I got angry when I saw the episode because honestly I thought that him not being evil but just coming off as evil would be more interesting.
However, I realized why story-wise, it’s probably better that Whitley is the way he is. The main reason is that if he was a good person struggling against how he was raised and how he is perceived, there would need to be a character arc to show that. And Whitley is only a side character. His character arc could have cut into Weiss’, and thus left less time for her. The second reason is that that would make him too similar too Weiss, and there really isn’t a reason to have two of her. So, thinking of that, I got a little less angry.
I will end my overly long post by also pointing out that Whitley may not be truly evil, just corrupted. When he reveals that he wanted Weiss to lose her position as heiress, he says “It’s wrong not to listen to father.” Which makes it sound like he’s been brainwashed into following Jacques’ every wish.