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Between The Last of Us and the upcoming season of The Mandalorian, Pedro Pascal will be ruling the tv landscape for some time to lớn come. But this isn't his first time in a popular series. In 2013, Pascal appeared in the hit show Game of Thrones, though, unlike his more recent roles, he wasn't exactly a lead. Pascal plays Oberyn Martell, the charismatic prince of Dorne, but unfortunately, the character didn't last long. The series was famed for its willingness lớn kill characters, so it can be hard khổng lồ remember everyone who died quickly.

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Even so, Pascal's Oberyn makes an impression. Oberyn notably impacts the story by serving as the introduction to Dorne, but he does so much more than that. He stands out in King's Landing because of his unapologetic, showboat personality and general disdain for all things Lannister. & that allows him lớn make an impression on the audience in only seven episodes. Despite the limited time he gets, Oberyn has an important role in the show by shining a light on the events of Robert's Rebellion that most characters ignore. And who can forget his death, which was brutal even for Game of Thrones? It's Oberyn's death that sets the rest of the Dorne plot into motion, as well, meaning the other characters remember him long after he's gone. With Pascal's masterful portrayal, Oberyn dominates any scene he's in. Granted, Pascal had much khổng lồ work with as the character has a rich history and unique personality.

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With the title of "prince," people may get the wrong impression of his role. Dorne's culture is different from the rest of Westeros. Oberyn has no claim on the Iron Throne or any recent relation khổng lồ Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy). They use "prince" and "princess" instead of "lord" and "lady" when it comes lớn the Martell family. This is only the beginning of the Dornish culture that Oberyn introduces. As the younger brother of Prince Doran (Alexander Siddig), who holds the Martell family seat, Oberyn isn't set to inherit anything, but he doesn't seem lớn mind. He represents his brother, who cannot make long journeys. Oberyn also shows an unending devotion lớn his family. He is a skilled fighter, renowned for his skill with the staff. His unique và deadly fighting style and knowledge of poisons earned him the moniker "the Red Viper." He briefly trained as a maester in his youth but grew bored. Then he lived in Essos for several years, becoming a mercenary with the Second Sons & trying his hand at the fighting pits. Basically, Oberyn tried a little of everything.

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Generally, Oberyn does what he wants. Though Dorne is more forgiving about bastardy, it's a big deal to the rest of the kingdom that Oberyn travels with Ellaria Sand (Indira Varma), his base-born paramour. The two enjoy the freedoms of their culture, visiting brothels together and sleeping with both men & women. Unlike other places in Westeros, Oberyn's fluid sexuality is accepted in Dorne. Oberyn is also the father of the eight bastard daughters collectively referred khổng lồ as the Sand Snakes. These women have reputations as talented warriors, lượt thích their father.

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In Season 4, Oberyn travels lớn Kings Landing to attend King Joffrey's (Jack Gleeson) wedding in place of his brother. This is a slight lớn the Lannisters as they sent a second son rather than the head of the house, but with a history of tension between the Martells và the Lannisters since Robert's Rebellion, Tywin (Charles Dance) doesn't retaliate. Oberyn strikes up a friendship with Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), ignoring the bad blood between their families. Oberyn's anger lies primarily with Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) & Tywin Lannister for the violent death of his sister và her children during Robert's Rebellion. As the wife of Rhaegar Targaryen, Elia was always a target, but the rumor is Gregor killed her on Tywin's orders after he slaughtered her children & raped her.

After Joffrey's death, Oberyn is asked lớn judge Tyrion's trial. Though he hesitates lớn work with Tywin, he agrees in exchange for a seat on the Small Council. Tywin also promises to lớn allow him lớn confront Clegane. Despite his position, Oberyn doesn't put up with the political drama. Instead, he says everything exactly how it is, even when it offends others. Things take a turn for Oberyn when Tyrion's trial becomes trial by combat. Still set on his quest for revenge, he visits Tyrion, who says Oberyn will not find justice in King's Landing, but Oberyn insists that everyone responsible for his sister's death is there, & all he needs to bởi vì is act. With the Mountain set to lớn fight for Cersei (Lena Headey), who accuses Tyrion of killing Joffrey, Tyrion is still in need of a champion. So Oberyn volunteers.

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The trial is the perfect opportunity lớn kill the Mountain without consequences. But Oberyn refuses to lớn wear heavy armor, despite the kích cỡ of his foe. Throughout the fight, Oberyn teases the Mountain & shows off, twirling his spear & darting around. Oberyn impresses the onlookers but not Clegane. He reminds the Mountain of what he did to Elia, trying khổng lồ get a confession. The Mountain knocks him down và breaks his spear, but Oberyn evades him, getting a new weapon from his squire & continuing the fight. But it doesn't kết thúc well for him. Clegane's brute force overpowers Oberyn's talents. Taking him down again, the Mountain knocks out Oberyn's teeth & gouges his eyes. Clegane confesses to his crimes against Elia & her children before finally crushing Oberyn's skull, leaving him lớn die in a bloody display. His death is one of Game of Thrones' more graphic and, therefore, more memorable. But Oberyn's quest for justice doesn't end with him. By inflicting a small cut on the Mountain, Oberyn gets his way, at least in part. Having laced his blade with Manticore venom, the prince of Dorne ensured the Mountain wouldn't survive the fight. If not for Qyburn's (Anton Lesser) experiments, Gregor Clegane would have finally died for his treatment of Elia Martell.

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Oberyn's quest lớn avenge his sister (and ironically, his refusal khổng lồ wear a helmet) may have caused his death, but that doesn't mean he isn't an important part of the story. By bringing the story of Robert's Rebellion front & center, Oberyn proved that Westeros had yet to recover from the war. But more than that, his death instigates Ellaria Sand and the Sand Snakes to lớn seek revenge, targeting Myrcella (Nell Tiger Free). This snowballs into taking over Dorne. And it all began with Oberyn's loyalty to lớn his sister. Oberyn's character is beloved by those in Westeros and those watching. Though he was only there for a brief time, he was a fascinating addition to lớn Game of Thrones. And Pascal played the role so well, that it's no surprise Oberyn became a fan favorite.

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After Pedro Pascal appeared on trò chơi of Thrones, many fans couldn"t resist putting their fingers into his eyes.

One added benefit of Pedro Pascal finding greater fame since his time on Game of Thrones is that fans are no longer trying to lớn shove fingers into his eyes. On the series, Pascal had a small but memorable role as Oberyn Martell, a man who challenges the Gregor Clegane, aka the "Mountain" (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) khổng lồ a trial by combat. The battle ends quite badly for Oberyn when the Mountain presses his thumbs into the man's eyes before crushing his head completely.

Recently, Pascal took part in an actor roundtable discussion for The Hollywood Reporter alongside Kieran Culkin, Jeff Bridges, Michael Imperioli, Evan Peters, and Damson Idris. The actors were asked about fan hâm mộ interactions và which of their roles they get recognized khung the most. Pascal recalled how his time on Game of Thrones led to lớn eye-poking from fans as a reference to lớn the Oberyn character's demise, and at that time, the actor was just happy that fans were so excited his role on the show. However, as he goes on to lớn reveal, it got khổng lồ the point where he'd gotten an eye infection.

“I remember early, because of trò chơi of Thrones, and the way my character died... People were super into taking selfies with their thumbs in my eyes," Pascal explained. “At first, I was so kind of earnest và happy about the success of the character in the show, & I would let them. In New York! Of all places. & then I remember getting a bit of an eye infection.”

Joking that this must be why Pascal most often is wearing his spectacles in public these days, Culkin joked, "Hence the glasses."

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Pascal's role on Game of Thrones certainly stood out, though the actor is much more likely lớn be recognized for other roles he's done since then. He made a big impact in the Star Wars universe as the titular character in The Mandalorian, which recently debuted its third season. Pascal also co-stars with Bella Ramsey in HBO's hit series The Last of Us, which premiered earlier this year & has a second season in the works. Both of these shows are very popular & have given Pascal much more time khổng lồ shine.

After his character's death in Game of Thrones, the actor would take on a starring role in the crime drama series Narcos. Pascal would also appear in movies lượt thích Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Equalizer 2, Wonder Woman 1984, và The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. More recently, he co-starred with Ethan Hawke in Pedro Almodovar's new short film Strange Way of Life, a romance movie phối in the Old West that premiered at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival.

Meanwhile, it was recently reported that Pascal had been cast for a main role in the next horror film from Barbarian director Zach Creggers. He is also set to lớn appear in the upcoming sequel lớn Gladiator that's in the works.

Jeremy Dick has been a writer và editor since 2014. He is a self-professed horror expert, pop culture enthusiast, và Bob Saget fanatic.

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