"The Man's Infamous, And Not Just For Poisoning His Sword"

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After the conclusion of season 3 of Game of Thrones, I wrote briefly and vaguely about five things viewers who haven't read the books can look forward to in the coming season. The last of these was the character of Oberyn Martell, AKA The Red Viper, and Prince of the as of yet unseen region of Dorne, whom George R.R. Martian confirmed was being cast for the up coming year. Well, David Benioff and Dan Weiss have announced that the role has been cast, and the actor is Pedro Pascal. Don't be ashamed if the name isn't immediately familiar, I had to look him up too. He is a Chilean actor, who has appeared in a variety of guest roles on various television series, the most high profile of which was an extended run on The Good Wife, and a recurring role on Graceland.

This is something of a surprise to many fans of the books, who thought this roles was an excellent opportunity for the show to do a little stunt casting. The character had the potential to be a "Sean Bean as Ned" level role for an actor of previous fame. Instead, and like many of the roles on the show, the producers went with a relative unknown (or at least, someone who isn't a house hold name). Fan favourite suggestions for the role included Javier Bardem, Oded Fehr, and Alexander Siddig, which also tells you something about the ethnic makeup the fans suggest for the Dornish (my favourite fan suggestion for his paramour Ellaria Sand is former Luthor star Indira Varma). According to the producers, talking to EW, "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."

You know what? After three seasons, and very very few missteps, I'm inclined to give Benioff and Weiss the benefit of the doubt.

Via Entertainment Weekely.
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Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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