arlath-mavhenan:

Patrick Weekes: I’m really bad at writing bad guys. Like, if you give me, “hey, write a villain,” I can give you some serviceable lines. Like, I was the writer on Here Lies the Abyss….That’s me writing a villain, that’s the best I’ve got. But if you tell me to write someone who is morally conflicted, who is doing something awful for what he thinks is a fully moral reason, that’s something where I can really dig my teeth into it. Solas, as we have have shown in-game if you put things together, has done some unfortunate things.
Weekes: If you want to see the utter sadness of Solas, it’s the play through where you romance him. You really get to see that he DOES care about you. It’s obvious – I hope – that his feelings for you are not fake. He cares about you deeply. He is always one step from telling you the truth about himsef. Like for instance, what came across so fantastically is that he’s about to tell you the truth, pulls out at the last second, tells you about the vallaslin instead, and then again he goes in on the kiss and is SO READY to just lose himself and forget about the past…and then he has to push back. He knows that he has to break it off right there, or else he’s going to have betrayed himself. It is so sad, and it has broken the hearts of many players, and it broke my heart when I wrote him.

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