ICAM re: your thoughts on the Aidan NYT interview. It must be so frustrating to him to have read the books, understood his character completely, played Petyr with many subtle layers, only to have D&D dumb it down in these last few seasons. I think he's backtracking a bit in these interviews based on the crappy direction of the show. If you watch seasons 1-4, you can't tell me they weren't going for a bit of a romantic angle with PxS.
Yeah, guy’s studied the books even tho it wasn’t a requirement (now I know why), discussed the character w/ GRRM, and tried to sneak as much of it into the show as possible only to be saddled w/ this flat af final arc… typical example of “when you downgrade the antagonist, you automatically downgrade the ‘hero’ and cheapen the entire story”.
His take on LF and PXS reflects the initial “book input”, imo, and I agree w/ you completely: now this clashes w/ the ham-fisted in-your-face fan service plot, so I suppose he can’t really go around talking about a complexity that’s suddenly MIA. Even when it was there, he often drew strange looks for talking about it bc most ppl have perfect tunnel vision when it comes to LF.
All the delicious layered grayness is getting scrapped bc it wouldn’t allow for the anticlimactic, nonsensical demise they are lazily setting him up for. In older interviews he resisted the “basic villain” label, too, but now he’s like “whatever”. I feel the same way most of the time even tho I genuinely enjoy parts of the fanservicing.
It’s frustrating w/ LF but strangely enough - for me - it takes nothing away from the overall enjoyment of the character & ‘ship. Maybe bc it’s just so badly done and so obviously forced that it’s also easier to pretend it never happened? idk