The most anticipated new role in the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones has been filled, Entertainment Weekly reports that Prince Oberyn Martell will be played by Pedro Pascal.
The Chilean actor has previously appeared in the likes of CBS’ The Good Wife, ABC’s Red Widow and USA’s Graceland. For those unfamiliar with the character:
“Oberyn is a brash, charming, cunning prince of Dorne (part of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros). His sister Elia 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 4, Oberyn comes to King’s Landing with revenge on his mind.”
“This was a tough one,” showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss revealed 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.”