On Thursday, March 20 Entertainment Weekly posted an interview with actor Pedro Pascal, who will portray the character Oberyn Martell on the upcoming fourth season of "Game of Thrones," which will return next month.
Martell, also known by the name the Red Viper, will appear in the first episode of season four. "Two Swords" will see Martell and his lover Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma) arrive in King's Landing. Martell immediately goes after the Lannister family and is not intimidated by Tywin.
Executive producer David Benioff revealed that casting the character was a difficult process but "Pedro is just phenomenal" and the brings all the elements of the Oberyn to the series. Pascal mentioned that there will be a friendship between him and Tyrion, since he sees Tyrion "as a kindred spirit" but he will still be affected by Oberyn's revenge due to being a Lannister.
Pascal describes being in disbelief that he landed the role, knowing it was a popular character and feeling pressure to do Oberyn Martell justice. The first scene he had to film was a long, important scene with Tyrion Lannister and the executive producers had to reassure him that he did a good job. Pascal also enjoyed filming with Varma, and the intimate scenes were not awkward since the pair got along well after meeting.
The fourth season of "Game of Thrones" will begin airing on Sunday, April 6 at 9 p.m. on HBO. The ten episode season will cover the second half of the book "A Storm of Swords," and introduce new characters from the city of Dorne. Tune in to find out which story lines from the books will be included in the new season.
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