So, tonight is the season finale of Game of Thrones. Woo! or woo? Anyway, I believe I understand why the High Sparrow seems like such a villain despite his speak generally being pro-serfs (Won’t somebody free the serfs?!!)
His story with Margaery in this Episode 4 shows not that he was a cobbler who turned to the faith, but a commonperson (or serf) who realized he would never rise to the level of lord yet was smart enough to realize there was another way to rise to the top. And that is the REAL reason he rose to High Sparrow, and also why he seems so unlikeable in the face of Cersei, et. al. He appears to speak for the people, but in reality only speaks for his rise in power.
Will he find his comeuppance in wildfire tonight? We’ll find out soon enough, but I find solace in realizing why he is so unlikable despite sounding like he speaks for the poor and under-trodden.