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

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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, 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).

Comments (23)

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

    Comment by D'Arcy – June 28, 2013 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I already like him. Don’t much care who is going to play him.

      Comment by Sand Snae – June 28, 2013 11:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome, was wondering who they would get

    Comment by Tom – June 28, 2013 12:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m having a blast reading all the “he’s too white” comments.

    Comment by Dick Whitman – June 28, 2013 12:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He isn’t exactly how I pictured him, but I trust their judgement.

    Comment by Aleksa – June 28, 2013 01:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Which, for the record, isn’t due to race; I’d pictured someone a little older.

      Comment by Aleksa – June 28, 2013 01:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am so happy for my countryman

    Comment by estefania – June 28, 2013 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I pictured someone slightly older too, considering the age of some of his children, but I’m sure they’ll make it work.

    Comment by Erika – June 28, 2013 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I saw a different photo of him on another website. He may be a little older than he looks in this photo.

      Comment by Aleksa – June 28, 2013 02:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He is a great actor. He was great in lights out and is great in graceland.

    Comment by CBWBDK1 – June 28, 2013 03:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will he have an accent?

    Comment by Cynthia – June 28, 2013 04:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He’s probably in his late 30s, early 40s. Looks older in Graceland.

    Comment by Susan – June 28, 2013 05:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Soo… when will HE die?

    Comment by Zoe – June 29, 2013 03:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You really want to know?

      Comment by ElKabong – June 30, 2013 06:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by Dave – June 29, 2013 06:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by Alicia Erlich (@scaperfan) – June 29, 2013 06:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • 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.

      Comment by alex – July 3, 2013 12:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 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.

    Comment by rapscallions – June 29, 2013 11:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I always interpreted that description as being more Spanish/Mediterranean.

      Comment by ElKabong – June 30, 2013 06:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • 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.

        Comment by Alexa – July 25, 2013 06:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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