Game of Thrones just cast its biggest season four character: The Red Viper of Dorne.
In what must be one of the most anticipated season four casting news, HBO just revealed through James Hibberd’s Inside TV on EW that Chilean actor Pedro Pascal (Graceland, Red Widow) had been cast in the coveted role of Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne.
Prince Oberyn, aka the Red Viper, will arrive in King’s Landing in what will be a pivotal storyline in the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones.
What’s exciting (besides the awesome casting news), is that it’ll be the first time that a character from Dorne will actually be featured on the show. As most book fans know, and without being too spoilery here, Dorne will become another major player in the power struggle for the Iron Throne in Westeros.
Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have said:
“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.”
So far, casting director Nina Gold and her team have been amazing in their casting choices for the show so we’re looking forward to seeing what Pascal will bring as the Red Viper to HBO's hit fantasy series.
Are you happy about this casting news, or were you envisioning Prince Oberyn Martell differently?