‘Game of Thrones’ Adds Crucial Season 4 Cast Member – The Red Viper of Dorne

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Pedro Pascal Game of Thrones Adds Crucial Season 4 Cast Member   The Red Viper of Dorne

Game of Thrones wrapped up its third season less than a month ago (read our review), drawing its second-highest audience ever at 5.4 million viewers. Given that season 3 concluded well before the end of the third book in George R.R. Martin’s A Song Of Fire And Ice series, there have been questions about just how the showrunners will be handling the as-yet-unseen content.

One question, however, has been answered: the casting of the crucial character Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne, also known as ‘The Red Viper.”

EW reports that Chilean actor Pedro Pascal will play the role in Season 4. The show’s creators Dan Weiss and David Benioff sing his praises thusly:

“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.”

Pascal has enjoyed significant roles on The Good Wife, Graceland and Red Widow and by all accounts fits the bill – a charmer with a heady streak of danger under the surface. As far as geek cred goes, he had a part in the 2011 non-starter Wonder Woman TV movie/pilot and appeared in an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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In the book, The Red Viper is the brother of Elia of Dorne, who was married to Mad King Aerys’ son Rhaegar. During Robert’s Rebellion, as Lord Tywin Lannister’s forces sacked King’s Landing, Ser Gregor Clegane (“The Mountain Who Rides”), raped and killed Elia and then murdered her son – and the future Targaryen heir – at the behest of Lord Tywin.

Fans will recall that during season 2, as Tyrion served as Hand of the King in his father’s stead, Cersei’s daugther Princess Myrcella was shipped off to Dorne “for her own good,” but mostly to secure King Joffrey’s brother Tommen’s chances at nabbing the throne should something “happen” to Joffrey during the Blackwater Bay chaos.

Dorne is the one kingdom of the seven in Westeros which remains unseen by viewers, and the books describe the land as a dangerous, desert-like region – picture a cross between India and the feudal Arab world and you might be close.

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They have their own way of doing things in Dorne, and the Martell family’s deep anger at their daughter’s death is one reason why the distant kingdom largely stayed out of the troubles with the Five Kings (of which three remain in the wake of the Red Wedding). One of the differences between Dorne and the rest of the seven kingdoms is their laws of succession, which recognize females as legitimate heirs.

So keep this in mind as you meet The Red Viper. Also remember: the best revenge sometimes requires patience. It might seem premature to jump onto any and all Game of Thrones news, but while we’ve had some great new shows this year (Hannibal, Orphan Black), for many the rest of 2013 is just a countdown to when we get GoT back.


Expect some kind of Game of Thrones presence at Comic-Con this year. Season 4 returns in 2014.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. Well I know nothing about the actor, but I trust the casting history. This character kicked ass in the novel.


    • Hello Bri,
      I’m so envious of you right now(because you read the books and I didn’t)! I haven’t heard about this character until now, but if what you say is true, then I am very prepared to see him kick ass! :D

  2. It’s about time GOT introduces someone who will give the Lannister’s a dose of their own medicine!!! I’ve spent so much time waiting patiently for the Stark’s to get their revenge… Now that they are almost all dead, I don’t know who to cheer for… I guess I’m backing the Mother of DRAGONS!!!

    • i couldnt agree less Mitch….i just hop the mother of dragons take dem down of which i know she will….lets count on that…..buh i think Br..and john snow will re-write the name of the stark….WATCH OUT….

    • I can’t imagine anyone getting the upper-hand with the Lannisters. Everyone messing with them dies or gets really really ill treated. :(
      I want the Starks to find some peace, whoever are left of them. And I never want them to get bad.
      Surprisingly, I hate Jaime for what he did to Bran, but in season 3, I can’t help but admire him for his goodness to Brienne. Why is he changing, I wonder? I wonder if he will continue to change for good.

      I haven’t read the books(I intend to read them in near future, I really do. The thing is, whenever I plan to start reading the first book in the series, a grand music starts playing in my head, I get all excited and flustered and can’t start! Any suggestion for that? I want to read them but I get scared I’ll screw up, or that I won’t get the book series like I do the tv show.)

      Yes, yes, Daenerys Targaryen is THE rightful queen in our eyes, but I don’t know whether she will be a good ruler to Westeros’s people? This series has such a vast world building(an epic scale) that it overwhelms our mind sometimes.
      Who do you really think will emerge victorious in this game of thrones?

  3. One of my favorite characters of the entire series. Next season one of my favorite scenes ever comes to screen!

    • So true! The Red Viper is one of my favourite characters too.

      • +1 Dorne rules!

  4. This character, in the books, was an incredible disappointment. He’s important, sure, but he should have done more. Hopefully the series does what the book never did, make him earn his name.

    • i agree with ezee . i liked him but he was just disappointing

      • (Comment contains book spoilers) I don’t think you guys really understand the song of ice fire story. I think that The Red Viper’s character and his storyline is absolutely perfect and does the books’ themes justice. I’m interested to know why you would think he’s disappointing, and I’m guessing its because he doesn’t “win”. But I believe its just perfect, because nothing goes right in the ice and fire story, for anyone. there are no happy endings, that’s the point. That’s what I take from it.

        • I understand the books well enough, my problem is….

          SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!

          When a character meets his or her end they usually do it after having accomplished something, having changed the landscape somehow. Robb, Ygritte, Joffrey are responsible for a lot in the story and whether you like it or not will be missed after death. The Red Viper though, they tease his accomplishments, tease his objectives and make him seem like he’s supposed to be some kind of game-changer. He never is, his death and how it finally arrives is the catalyst not his actions prior to it. So, an incredible disappointment for someone with such a rich introduction.

          • his legacy lives on, however, and he does affect things in long run, there is just no instant gratification to his character. i understand where you are coming from and i guess your disappointment is justified from your view point.

    • He should have done more? I don’t get that. He did what he did, and I thought it was pretty damned cool.

    • I have never understood all the excitement for this character. What exactly does he accomplish?

      • He kinda reminds me of a more sleazy, more cunning Tyrion.

        • and badass, dont forget that.

          • Definitely. He could fill the void left by Drogo’s death and Jamie’s hand loss. For some reason since Jamie lost his hand there’s been a dip in characters who are “true warriors”.

    • To say that he was disappointing would mean you had prior knowledge of what to expect from him. In which case he really did deliver. Yes it wasn’t to your satisfaction but he lived up to his name & his introduction was an opening into Dorne & the Sand Snakes.

  5. Not Oded Fehr???

    • Oded Fehr would have been a great choice.

  6. It is attractively addictive,in a way you can’t afford to miss few seconds. Thumbs up

  7. I always wondered what kind of accents the Dornish would have. I imagined them as being more “middle east”.

    If I am getting my cultural associations correct, I am guessing they are as follows:

    Upper Westeros – Kelts
    Middle Westeros – English
    Southern Westeros – Spanish/middle eastern?
    Summer Isles – African
    Free Cities – Spanish/French and ??
    Dothraki – Central Asian Barbarians
    Valaria – ?? No clue what he was going for there.
    Rest of Essos – Middle Eastern

    Comments or opinions?

    • Valaria is most likely similar to the city of Damask, settled in South Asian and Middle Eastern culture. It’s hinted by their famous way they forge steel in my opinion, could be wrong though.

      • I always did this:

        The North – Northern England/Southern Scotland
        The South – Southern England
        Dorne – Occupied Iberia
        The Free Cities – roughly analogous to Italy during the City-State era
        Summer Isles – ditto
        Dothraki – ditto
        Slaver’s Bay – Seemed very Egyptian to me
        Valaria – Roman/Hellenic?

  8. New season sounds super intense, the picture of the actor looks extremely fitting.

  9. woah he looks like a younger version of Liam Neeson in that picture. Had me fooled for a second until I read the text

  10. Pedro Pascal is a great actor, I’m excited to see this play out. That said…I would have liked someone a little less white to represent the foreign land of dorne (foreign as in strange, not as in another country)

  11. Can someone please answer a few questions for me please. I haven’t read the third novel yet.

    1. did season 3 end half way through book 3? And will season 4 be the other half of book 3?

    2. Does this article contain any spoilers as to how the character is introduced, his overall story, and some of the things he does in the novel?

    • It ended a little before, maybe 7/10 of the way through book 3…but i know books 4&5 take place simoultaneously, so the next 2-3 seasons are gonna be interesting how they try to span all this out

    • ‘Jon Medders’ couldn’t have said it better. Season 3 is 3 quarters of the 3rd book, next season will compromise of the rest of the book.

      I’m really interested to see how season 4 and 5 are played-through.

  12. At first I thought he was the guy who played Lincoln in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter!

  13. Perfect! Simply perfect! Well done producers, his sharp features capture what I envisioned from Mr. Martin’s description, now if they can only bring back the actor who played the mountain in season 1, they will have a perfect storm!!!

  14. I hope that in the future seasons that we will see more from the iron islands and vicatarion greyjoy and the crows eye euron greyjoy and their schemings and plottings:)