HBO’s "Game of Thrones" has made a key casting move for the upcoming season. EW.com’s Inside TV reports that the fantasy series has cast the character of Prince Oberyn Martell — also known as the Red Viper of Dorne.
The character will be portrayed by Chilean actor Pedro Pascal, who previously appeared in arcs in CBS’s "The Good Wife" and USA’s "Graceland." The report calls Pascal’s character "the most anticipated new role coming to the fourth season."
Here’s a description of the character from EW.com: "Oberyn is a brash, charming, cunning prince of Dorne (part of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros). His sister Elia was brutally murdered by the Lannister knight Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane when Mad King Aerys was overthrown by Robert Baratheon and the Lannisters. In season four, Oberyn comes to King’s Landing with revenge on his mind."
Commenting on the casting in a statement, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss 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."