One of the most anticipated new roles for the upcoming season 4 of Game of Thrones has been cast! Prince Oberyn Martell, aka the Red Viper, will be played by Chilean actor Pedro Pascal.
Okay, so who is the Red Viper, exactly? Don’t read on, if you don’t want any spoilers!!
The Prince of Dorne is very charming and comes to King’s Landing to get some information. His sister Elia was raped and murdered by Ser Gregor Clegane. The Mountain also murdered her son in front of her, and her daughter was slaughtered too. Now, Oberyn’s itchin’ for revenge.
Oberyn will soon find out what kind of role Tywin Lannister played in his sister’s death (her and her two children’s bodies were wrapped in Lannister cloaks and presented to the late King Robert Baratheon). Needless to say, he plays a rather major role in the last half of A Storm of Swords.
“This was a tough one,” say showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss about the casting. “The Red Viper is sexy and charming, yet believably dangerous; intensely likable, yet driven by hate. The boys love him, the girls love him, and he loves them all back. Unless your last name is Lannister. We found a fellow who can handle the job description and make it seem effortless. He wasn’t easy to find and he won’t be easy to stop.”
If you are curious, or haven’t heard of him before, Pedro has an impressive TV show resume. He’s has recurring roles on Graceland, Red Widow, and The Good Wife.
Can’t wait to see what he looks like fully costumed — and of course HBO rarely does any casting wrong when it comes to this series!