Oberyn the Red Viper is easily one of the biggest and most anticipated new characters that will be introduced in the fourth season of Game of Thrones. HBO has cast Chilean actor Pedro Pascal in the role. I’m sure many of you aren’t familiar with who this guy is, but he’s been in shows such as CBS’ The Good Wife, ABC’s Red Widow, and USA’s Graceland. This will easily be the biggest and best role of his career, and if he plays it right, it will help launch him to a new level. Here’s a brief description of 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 four, Oberyn comes to King’s Landing with revenge on his mind.
He also has eight bastard daughters, called the Sand Snakes. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss had this to say in a statement regarding the casting,
“This was a tough one. 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.”