What do you want? Some people love him, some people hate him, but I have to admit I had a hell of a good time playing him. "World domination." Why? If he can help the world to burn, even better…That's how 85% of all Bond villains are created. "I don't know, because I'm a f—ing idiot." He's one of those guys that just likes to see the world burn. Man, I'm not going to defend that character. I've tried a lot of different work and worked with a lot of different people. He's one of those characters that's just fun.
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So Euron was full of it right up to the end?
I was such a big fan of "Game of Thrones" before I became a part of it. Work is such a big part of our lives that when you're home with your family you want to discuss NFL or soccer or whatever you want. It was a passion that became my work. I love hating him. Then I didn't want to discuss work when I'm home. Me and my wife would discuss every Sunday or Monday until I became a part of it.
Did Euron really love Cersei?
It's because he doesn't give a s—. He's like your friend who is also the guy who steals your wallet. And that's totally not the way he is in the book! In the books, he's so radically different but that's because it's not possible to create such a conflicted character as he is in the books so late in the show.
Any plans to give up acting and take up piracy?
I might be a little unprofessional because I think one of the reasons I'm laughing and smiling in 95% of all my scenes is because on a private scale, I'm like, "Holy f—ing s—, I'm on 'Game of Thrones' motherf—er." Honestly, that's how I felt. I feel like a lucky tourist. It's amazing. I feel like the little kid at the chocolate factory with a golden ticket.
Pilou Asbæk, who plays the mad pirate king Euron Greyjoy, spoke with Variety about how he was a fan of the show long before signing on to star, what motivated his final showdown with Jaime Lannister, and whether he loves or hates Euron now that all is said and done.
What was your initial reaction to learning Euron was "the man who killed Jaime Lannister?" 
Do you love him or hate him?
SPOILER ALERT: Do not keep reading if you have not seen Episode 5 of Season 8 of "Game of Thrones," titled "The Bells." 
This week's episode of "Game of Thrones" saw a multitude of major characters make their bloody exits from the show.
As a fan, what did it mean to be there at the very end?
I've truly enjoyed it. I will say, I've made so many films and TV shows in Denmark and I've always been the hero. I do theater.” /> It's been so much fun doing a villain, being the guy who is evil. It's liberating. Some people go to therapy. I might but I end up dying so apparently I'm not very good at it.
I died last night on "Game of Thrones" but I'm happy, and sad, but also happy.
I think he loved Cersei. I think that would be the most interesting conflict. I've always tried to do the scenes as if he likes her, but maybe I have to go back to acting school to make that a bit more clear to the audience. Love you have to play honest. He really liked her.
So that's why he decided to fight Jaime?
How's it going today?
Let's just say I claim 35%. Jaime gets away and goes to Cersei, right? So I might have added some damage to him which made him be very delayed and that's the reason why he died, so I can't claim it 100%. I remember when we did the scene but I haven't seen anything. Honestly, just because you say it doesn't mean it's the truth.