Game of Thrones Wrangles Graceland Actor as Season 4's Cunning Red Viper

Game Of Thrones Season 4 Cast Pedro PascalA ticked-off Dornish prince is on his way to King’s Landing.

Game of Thrones has cast Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell — aka The Red Viper — who’ll make his first appearance in the HBO fantasy drama’s upcoming fourth season.

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The character is brother to the late Elia Martell, who was murdered by Ser Gregor Clegane during Mad King Aerys’ overthrow. Because Clegane was doing the Lannisters’ bidding at the time, Jaime, Cersei, Tyrion and the rest of the lions should probably start watching their backs.

Oberyn also is quite charming, handsome and sly. “The boys love him, the girls love him, and he loves them all back,” showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss tell EW.com, which first reported the casting. “Unless your last name is Lannister.”

Pascal is a Chilean actor whose credits include The Good Wife (appearing in a Season 2 arc as antagonistic attorney Nathan Landry), Red Widow and, currently, USA Network’s Graceland.

Thrones fans, what do you think about this casting? Sound off in the comments (and please refrain from sharing book-related spoilers with the Unsullied among us).

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23 Comments
  1. D'Arcy says:

    Quite excited. I wouldn’t judge casting based on a picture, but Oberyn is easily one of the best characters in the entire series.

  2. Tom says:

    Awesome, was wondering who they would get

  3. Dick Whitman says:

    I’m having a blast reading all the “he’s too white” comments.

  4. Aleksa says:

    He isn’t exactly how I pictured him, but I trust their judgement.

  5. estefania says:

    I am so happy for my countryman

  6. Erika says:

    I pictured someone slightly older too, considering the age of some of his children, but I’m sure they’ll make it work.

    • Aleksa says:

      I saw a different photo of him on another website. He may be a little older than he looks in this photo.

  7. CBWBDK1 says:

    He is a great actor. He was great in lights out and is great in graceland.

  8. Cynthia says:

    Will he have an accent?

  9. Susan says:

    He’s probably in his late 30s, early 40s. Looks older in Graceland.

  10. Zoe says:

    Soo… when will HE die?

  11. Dave says:

    For all the people saying hes too YOUNG….He be 48 when he films the show. Just becuase he looks after himself dont mean he is young.

    Btw he is actually american as well as Chilean. Talented actor but ist not who i would have done for.

    • In the novels most of the characters are actually quite young. They aged quite a few of the main cast for it to be reasonable. I mean in the novels Jon and Robb are barely teenagers and the parents are only in their thirties. So this casting isn’t bad I think they went by more who was suited for the role rather than how the character was described. Let’s see how they cast the rest of the Martell family especially if they are going in order so season 5 should be based on book 4.

    • alex says:

      actually both his parents are chilean and he was born in chile. he was raised in the states, because his parents escaped the military regim. his father and two brothers live there now and he’s been going to chile regularly since he was a child. funny when people make assertions about people they know nothing about.

  12. rapscallions says:

    Disappointed with the casting. The sandy dornish men were described as having black hair, dark colored eyes and olive skinned tone, I imagined someone middle eastern or south asian for this. Sendhil Ramamurthy was a pretty cool choice by some fans.

    • ElKabong says:

      I always interpreted that description as being more Spanish/Mediterranean.

      • Alexa says:

        agreed. The Spanish/Mediterranean dark look in my opinion very closely fits what Martin described in the books. I have just seen the casting for Ellaria Sand, and I think they are going to make it work. From books, everyone is going to interpret things differently. That’s a main reason why I try to always read books before seeing on-screen adaptations. However, if they stay reasonably true to the books in terms of description, I really think the actor’s ability to perform in the role and convey to the audience who the character is, is ultimately more important than physical appearance. That is not to say I would be pleased if they cast someone to portray the character as fair and blonde when they are meant to be dark. You’ll be surprised how many do this. It’s infuriating.

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