Chilean actor Pedro Pascal joins ‘Game of Thrones’ in major Season 4 role

Credit: USA Network

Credit: USA Network

The biggest new role in season four of Game of Thrones has officially been filled.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Chilean actor Pedro Pascal has been cast as Prince Oberyn Martell, “The Red Viper of Dorne.”

Oberyn Martell is a “brash, charming, cunning prince of Dorne (part of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros). His sister Elia [the wife of Daenerys Targaryen’s late brother, the much-beloved Rhaegar Targaryen] was brutally murdered by the Lannister knight Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane when Mad King Aerys was overthrown by Robert Baratheon and the Lannisters. In season four, Oberyn comes to King’s Landing with revenge on his mind.”

The Red Viper is among the coolest characters in the series, so this is awesome news. Pascal, who currently stars on USA Network’s Graceland, is a versatile performer who actually fits the role quite well (though most book fans long suspected the Dornish would be portrayed with more of a Middle Eastern look).

Of the casting, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss admitted to the difficulties faced in finding the perfect actor for the role.

“This was a tough one,” the showrunners told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”

(Season four can’t get here soon enough!)

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