I'm a big fan of the television series SUITS. I love the fact that there's very little in the show that's black or white...every moment, every line of dialogue, every nuance is fifty shades of grey.
This past week I loved what they did with the character of Louis Litt (played to perfection by Rick Hoffman). Here's the thing about Louis. He's smart, he's driven, and he can be funny, but he doesn't have the slick polish of his co-worker Harvey Specter. So while Harvey gets the respect of everyone and is made partner in their law firm, Louis ends up bullying the young associates. He's one of those characters you love to hate.
But in the span of this episode we felt sorry for him, he grew, he did the right thing, and we respected, maybe even liked him.
I've got to say it worried me for a short time because I'm rather fond of him being the office's resident antagonist, but then the writers did something brilliant....
They had the character regress to his former bad behavior (with good reason).
That's what makes a character interesting to me. One that can grow and then can stumble (and hopefully grow again). Not one that learns his/her lesson once and ends up being perfect.
Tell me Killer Friends: How do you feel about characters who grow and/or regress? Who are some of your favorites?
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