The first major casting of season 4 has finally been revealed. Chilean actor Pedro Pascal will be playing the Red Viper, Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne (Southern most region of Westeros).
For those non-book readers out there here’s a quick history lesson for you. Oberyn’s sister Elia Martell was married to the Crown Prince Rhaegar Targaryen. Together they had two kids Rhaenys and Aegon. When Kings Landing was sacked by the Lannister’s, Elia and her children were brutally murdered by Ser Gregor Clegane, the Mountain.
Here’s a few reasons why Oberyn Martell is such an awesome character. He studied at the Citadel, the place where Maesters forge their chains, and forged 6 links to his chain before he grew bored and left. The fact that he studied at the Citadel, is a sign that he is very smart, as well as being one of the deadliest fighters in the 7 Kingdoms. He also traveled through the Free Cities of Essos, joined the mercenary company the Second Sons for a time before leaving, to form his own company. While in Essos he learned much about crafting and using poisons.
As far as how I feel about the casting of Pedro Pascal, I’m not blown away with the choice. He doesn’t exactly look the part of a Dornishman. Although with his Shakespearean-trained theatre background he should be able to pull of this part very well. In the end it all comes down to how he’s written in the scripts.