Kim is not a sociopath - but her many nuances make her most intriguing…and she has a scary side
The secret sociopath.
A story trope in fiction that can make for a shocking ending when done well, or probably an eye-rolling one
when not, is the secret sociopath.
A character in the end that reveals themselves to be…not like most people can suddenly explain questions about their past, and the entire story leading up to that moment.
It's a chilling, fascinating turn of events, and taps into something for me, and for many readers/audiences.
I think the idea that a person can appear to be one thing, and make you so comfortable with that thing over time, and then reveal a completely different set of thoughts, motivations, and values underneath - well that's prime fodder for a thriller, horror, or drama.
The hidden side of Walter White in Breaking Bad, and now, in her own way, Kim Wexler in Better Call Saul, while not psychopaths or sociopaths, tap into this in a sophisticated way that causes great thrill…and dread…in the audience.
Have you enjoyed a secret sociopath or “hidden character” revelation? Ever written one?
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Banes at 7:47AM, May 19, 2022
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