Pedro Pascal and Dan Weiss on what led to the trial by combat’s crushing end
By Lightbringer on in Interview.

For a moment it seemed as if Oberyn Martell had won, with The Mountain flat on his back, where his size no longer mattered. But Oberyn didn’t simply want The Mountain’s life, he wanted his confession, and that’s where everything went terribly wrong. He would get his confession, but only after The Mountain had levelled the playing field, followed by Oberyn’s face.

Showrunner Dan Weiss tells Entertainment Weekly that he believes the tragic flaw that led to Oberyn’s downfall, was that he couldn’t leave well enough alone. “He can’t help poking the hornet’s nest. He does it with great amusement throughout the season. He finally does it to the wrong person at the wrong time. The results left a big giant mess on the floor of our set.”

In one of many interviews he’s sure to give this week, Pedro Pascal also spoke with Entertainment Weekly, sharing his thoughts on where he thought his character went wrong.


“Getting too close and being too far delivered by his own passions. Because ultimately, it is about defeating this man who raped and killed his sister, but before he can do that, before he can end this man’s life, he needs a confession. He needs to hear it.”

Even though Oberyn lost his life in the process, Pedro says that after a great conversation with Lena Headey, he realized that Oberyn had still completed his journey.

“Even though it ends badly, he still hears the confession, you know? I don’t even need to go on after that once it’s been said out loud. And the ecstasy of achieving that, even though it’s being achieved in the instance of my demise.”

Although the trial by combat will be the last time we see Oberyn, the last scene Pedro filmed was much less brutal, allowing for a peaceful last day on set.


“It was really lovely and peaceful. It was the scene strolling through the garden with Lena Heady and the last thing they shot was when I was looking out into at Adriatic Sea. Then I tore off my costume and jumped into the ocean. Then I said goodbye to everybody and got in the van and rode to the airport.”

Pedro’s portrayal of Oberyn will certainly be missed, and it seems that his time on Game of Thrones has had just as big of an impact on Pedro as he has had on the community. When asked what he will take away from his experience, he says, “Playing the best character I have ever played in the greatest cast I have ever been a part of, and working with HBO and Dan and David was an opportunity of a lifetime.”

For more from Pedro including his thoughts on incidentally being responsible for all of the Dornish accents to come in Season 5, and training for/filming the battle, visit Entertainment Weekly.

 

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94 Comments

  1. asfastasican
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Great performance.

  2. King DBC
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Congrats to Gwendoline Christie, she just landed a role in Star Wars 7, along with Lupota Nyomgo!

  3. Sunfyre
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    Pedro has something in common with the character he portrayed… Dude’s a badass.

  4. Myk
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    He will be missed. But he will live on forever on my Blu Rays.

  5. Maurice James
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Game of thrones needs to stop playing. And make a fighting game. So I can get revenge for the red viper!

  6. GeekFurious
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    I want Pedro in all my movies. Now I just have to write them.

  7. Sylphic
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Pascal was excellent in the role. Look forward to seeing him in other projects in the future. :)

  8. Aziraphale
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    This was only a matter of time…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-_HnktsOrk

    Internet: You’re welcome.

  9. Aiddon
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Y’know, the second Tywin heard of Cersei bringing in the Mountain he should have said “NO!” as the possibility of tragedy would be too much. Now Cersei’s vendetta has ruined any chance of Tywin securing an alliance with Dorne against Danaerys.

    Hopefully Pascal gets a lot more attention because he deserves it.

  10. Locke Reborn
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    The RV was hard pressed to survive that fight.

  11. Greenjones
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    King DBC,

    Yeah, she’s really taking off! Good for her!

  12. jentario
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Locke Reborn,

    He broke under all the pressure.

  13. Veltigar
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    GeekFurious:
    I want Pedro in all my movies. Now I just have to write them.

    I don’t think he would do porn :p

    Cameron Poe: Put… the bunny… back… in the box.Oh, and cast Mads Mikkelsen as Euron

  14. Almost A Knight
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:40 pm | Permalink

    Then I tore off my costume and jumped into the ocean

    I want this extended scene so badly. You are amazing, Pedro Pascal.

  15. Rygar
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I have a feeling this wasn’t the first time Oberyn had his face fucked…

  16. jentario
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    No, no. He likes it HIS way.

  17. Locke Reborn
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    jentario,
    Rygar,

    His brain cracked under the strain.

  18. LadyGreyjoy
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    I’m really happy that he did so well after all the hate in the first place. He will be missed!
    But that splatter gore thing in the end… naaa… that was a little bit to much.

  19. jentario
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:53 pm | Permalink

    Locke Reborn,

    Oberyn’s head was elsewhere during the fight

  20. Rygar
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Locke Reborn:
    jentario,
    Rygar,

    His brain cracked under the strain.

    I heard he uses his teeth…

  21. Rygar
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    Oops meant to quote jen

  22. jentario
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    You fucked up
    I am disappoint

  23. Mark Agius
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Well done Pedro Pascal and thanks for depicting such a memorable character in a great way. You did the character justice and more. Shame you had to go out like that, but you will always be remembered for your badassery.

    Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken!

  24. Marco
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Gwendoline Christie has been cast in the new Star Wars flick. Can we get a part wielding a double sided light saber for Pedro Pascal too?

  25. Locke Reborn
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Rygar: I heard he uses his teeth…

    It was an eye-opening experience

  26. jentario
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Mark Agius,

    I wouldn’t say Unbroken, but otherwise I agree

  27. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:03 pm | Permalink

    Aziraphale:
    This was only a matter of time…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-_HnktsOrk
    Internet: You’re welcome.

    I liked how that one fellow asked “It was a draw, right?” :)

  28. Nobody
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

    LadyGreyjoy,

    I found it to be extremely offensive. GoT lost a viewer just because of that.

  29. jentario
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    Nobody,

    I see what you did there. High five?

  30. Banana Joe
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    He just had to go full Yamcha at the end,never go full Yamcha…:(

  31. Sid
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

    They call him the Red Viper by the color of how he painted the ground after the fight.

    #teamoberyn
    #ouch
    #mountainellariaafterparty
    #highfivenobody

  32. Rygar
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    LadyGreyjoy:
    I’m really happy that he did so well after all the hate in the first place. He will be missed!
    But that splatter gore thing in the end… naaa… that was a little bit to much.

    Now we now what the “Red” in Red Viper signifies….

  33. ATG
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    Im still in mourning, its way too early for me to post a coherent comment on such posts.

  34. Nobody
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    High five for what? That was an honest statement. It was one of the most offensive things I’ve ever seen on television, I really don’t care what GoT does after that. I won’t be watching it.

  35. Marco
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    Oberyn Martel is the Tony Romo of Westeros. He has the game won and somehow loses it at then end.

  36. jentario
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    Nobody,

    High five buddy, you know you want it. Well played!

  37. Hodor's Bastard
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    Nobody,

    If you are Nobody, how would GoT “lose a viewer”?

    “Nothing is just…nothing.”
    - Lady Arya “Don’t fuck with me” Stark

  38. Rygar
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Nobody:
    jentario,

    High five for what? That was an honest statement. It was one of the most offensive things I’ve ever seen on television, I really don’t care what GoT does after that. I won’t be watching it.

    Offensive as in “kick ass Yoda style flips and shit”? High Five!!!

  39. I HATE GOT
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

    The ending of The Red Viper was really horrible..it was to much…ffs why such a cruel death..he was the best next thing after Ned, such a great caracter..this is the first episode in All the 4 seasons wich i will not watch again…im just devasted by the horrible death of the red viper
    GOT must chang all must die in all GOOD must die

  40. Rygar
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I HATE GOT:
    The ending of The Red Viper was really horrible..it was to much…ffs why such a cruel death..he was the best next thing after Ned, such a great caracter..this is the first episode in All the 4 seasons wich i will not watch again…im just devasted by the horrible death of the red viper
    GOT must chang all must die in all GOOD must die

    Look on the bright side, he did get the confession…

  41. Dickey Madden
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Mark Agius,

    Oh, he was broken alright…

  42. jentario
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:36 pm | Permalink

    Dickey Madden,

    Beat you to the punch

  43. Sunfyre
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    Just remember you couple of posters going on about the brutality of Oberyn’s death and vowing “never to watch GOT again”: the scene is the same in the books. You are supposed to feel disgusted and angry. You were supposed to fall in love with Oberyn. You were supposed to be shocked at his horrible demise. We all felt the same thing. This is a messed up world GRRM has created. Good guys don’t always win. But hey Joffrey is dead…

    And if you are trolling, then well done sirs!

  44. jentario
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Sunfyre,

    I still think Oberyn’s face was better than Joffrey’s in the end

  45. Jen@House Stark
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    I always thought the Mountain was a head case

  46. Rygar
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    The only thing missing from that scene was Cersei’s vibrator.

  47. Sunfyre
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:50 pm | Permalink

    Thread is bringing the lulz.

  48. jentario
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    Jen@House Stark,

    Oberyn caved in at the last minute

  49. The Winter Rose
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    Pedro did such an amazing job – he’ll be missed.

  50. Sunfyre
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    He was just trying to save face

  51. jentario
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Sunfyre,

    That armor really made his eyes pop

  52. coronaking
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Hodor’s Bastard: I liked how that one fellow asked “It was a draw, right?”:)

    I’m pretty sure he meant, “They both seem to be dead now, so there’s no real winner”. But yeah, no matter if the Mountain dies of his wound or survives – Oberyn died first.

  53. Jen@House Stark
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    jentario:
    Jen@House Stark,

    Oberyn caved in at the last minute

    Which is too bad, because I heard he was good at giving, well………

  54. Tony
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Marco:
    Gwendoline Christie has been cast in the new Star Wars flick.Can we get a part wielding a double sided light saber for Pedro Pascal too?

    Major moment! I do hope she plays a Jedi :)

    Nothing on Sophie being cast yet?! I doubt any of these parts are the leads since they have been announced already. If Sophie had been cast we should have heard it along with Gwendoline right? She talked to Bad Robot (production team) after all… Maybe she’ll be in Star Trek instead? or the spin off movie?

  55. jentario
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Jen@House Stark,

    It was one hell of a face-off, that’s for sure

  56. SilverStormm
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    I adored Pedro’s portrayal of Oberyn and knowing he was a fan and so thrilled to be a part of the show makes his exit even more sad for me.

  57. Sunfyre
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    Jen@House Stark: Which is too bad, because I heard he was good at giving, well………

    Gonna miss Oberyn, had such a man-crush on him.

  58. Mrs. D. Ranged in AZ
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

    You all with the puns and lulz are killing me….seriously….stop making me laugh! (I don’t mean that at all…keep em coming)

  59. Baramos
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Nobody,

    So when that guy during Blackwater got his head smashed by that rock, it was totally cool?

  60. jentario
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Sunfyre,

    Well, it probably wasn’t the first time Oberyn got fisted.

  61. Sunfyre
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    jentario,

    Indeed. It’s so hard to get ahead in Kings Landing.

  62. Lady Cin Baelish
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    Now we must wonder what will happen to Myrcella back in Dorne. Cersei should have thought about that.

  63. King Stannis
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I won’t be surprised if GoT lost viewerships. I knew it was coming as a book reader. Watched it last night it is still haunting me this morning. That scream, The Mountain voice, the music in the back and what was happening.

    Checking in today for therapy

  64. King Stannis
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Baramos:
    Nobody,

    So when that guy during Blackwater got his head smashed by that rock, it was totally cool?

    That was like half a second, there’s a big difference!

    Use your head

  65. Rygar
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Overall I think the turnout for the trial was a success. A smashing success.

  66. coronaking
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    King Stannis:
    I won’t be surprised if GoT lost viewerships.

    Me too. The likes on the Facebook page suggest that .. well, many viewers were unhappy: http://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p532/rattrattratt/got-fb-likes.jpg

    I can’t wait for the ratings!

  67. Tyrion Pimpslap
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    King Stannis,

    The same was said after Ned’s death and the Red Wedding, and yet the series continues to gain viewers. The popularity will start to dip eventually, but not because of the death of a character.

  68. Rygar
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    Lady Cin Baelish:
    Now we must wonder what will happen to Myrcella back in Dorne. Cersei should have thought about that.

    Ah, an eye for an eye for a eye for a tooth for another tooth and another and a nose….

  69. Sunfyre
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Rygar: Overall I think the turnout for the trial was a success. A smashing success.

    I agree. When the trial finally rolled around I was out of my skull with excitement.

  70. Locke Reborn
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    coronaking: Me too. The likes on the Facebook page suggest that .. well, many viewers were unhappy: http://i1154.photobucket.com/albums/p532/rattrattratt/got-fb-likes.jpg

    I can’t wait for the ratings!

    Funny that Monday’s likes “dropped off” after Sunday. Maybe it’s because we were only a few hours into Monday when that graphic was made. It appears to have leveled off somewhat now.

    EDIT: Also, overall likes are down because this mostly features a week *after* one that it didn’t air. Notice the sharp increase on Sunday? What’s your point?

  71. Rygar
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Permalink

    Sunfyre: I agree. When the trial finally rolled around I was out of my skull with excitement.

    You know whats even more fucked up? Is that Ellaria was singing Kylie Minogue during the fight.

    “I just can’t get you out of my head, boy your lovin’ is all I think about”

  72. coronaking
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    Locke Reborn: Funny that Monday’s likes “dropped off” after Sunday. Maybe it’s because we were only a few hours into Monday when that graphic was made. It appears to have leveled off somewhat now.

    EDIT: Also, overall likes are down because this mostly features a week *after* one that it didn’t air.Notice the sharp increase on Sunday? What’s your point?

    My point was that likes probably dropped because viewers were upset. Your points are absolutely valid though, I didn’t think of these factors. No need to be condescending. :/

  73. Ser Pounce
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I HATE GOT,

    Dude just stick it out till next season the payoff is going to be pretty cool. Not all the good guys die in this world the bad guys are going to get their fair share of gruesome deaths and then some.

  74. Sunfyre
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    Now i’m gonna have that annoying song in my brain… it has its grip on me.

  75. Rygar
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Sunfyre:
    Rygar,

    Now i’m gonna have that annoying song in my brain… it has its grip on me.

    its got a hell of a beat.

  76. Sid
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Big yawn on the unlikes. All the people crying into their pudding will still wait it out to see the last two episodes.

    I mean its Tyrion, after all. Get your act together people.

  77. Rygar
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Sid:
    Big yawn on the unlikes.All the people crying into their pudding will still wait it out to see the last two episodes.

    I mean its Tyrion, after all.Get your act together people.

    What is even more sad is that its usually Oberyns lower head that’s getting squeezed.

  78. Mister Stoneheart
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Congrats on your epic performance, Pedro. Don’t let it get to your head.

  79. Sunfyre
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Permalink

    Sid: Big yawn on the unlikes. All the people crying into their pudding will still wait it out to see the last two episodes.I mean its Tyrion, after all. Get your act together people.

    Yeah, they are kinda empty headed in my opinion.

  80. TheBerylfly
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    I only wish they kept in “I am feeling more innocent by the second”. I mean, it would probably sorta drag down the dynamic drama, but the deliciousness of dat line and what follows…

  81. Ser Pounce
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    TheBerylfly,

    That line sucks. No disrespect.

  82. Rygar
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    I will say that Pycelle makes for a terrible referee.

    Did y’all hear what Jaime said to Tyrion when he asked who was killed? He said, its Ober. Run!!!!!

  83. Exodus
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    There goes my man crush.

  84. Matt
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    “Pop!” goes the Viper.

  85. Lady Cin Baelish
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Rygar,

    LOL! :D

  86. GeekFurious
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    There are some fun reaction videos on YouTube. Some people recorded themselves expecting to react triumphantly and the horror is just… arguably, at times, better than the Red Wedding.

  87. Rygar
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    GeekFurious:
    There are some fun reaction videos on YouTube. Some people recorded themselves expecting to react triumphantly and the horror is just… arguably, at times, better than the Red Wedding.

    Would you say people are going head over heels…..or should I say head all over the atrium?

  88. Easteros bunny
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    TheBerylfly,

    Yeah, that line does suck. Some lines work well in the books but don’t translate on screen.

    Anyone notice how the show completely owned the silly Sansa hiding her true identity as that Alayne chick. All I can say is thank god they dropped that! They don’t need anymore unnessercary plot lines.

  89. Sid
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    Come on guys…get Oberyt.

  90. Ron G
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 9:14 pm | Permalink

    Maurice James,

    You don’t need to.

    **SPOILERS**

    He already got revenge for himself. His spear was poisoned with an even deadlier poison than the one that was used on King Joffrey.

    **END OF SPOILERS**

  91. Sansa Bird
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 10:24 pm | Permalink

    Tony,

    I hope those rumors over Twitter were true! I’d love to see both Gwen and Sophie working together!

  92. Dave
    Posted June 3, 2014 at 1:06 am | Permalink

    Rygar: Would you say people are going head over heels…..or should I say head all over the atrium?

    I’d say they brought it to an eye-popping finish…

  93. Lou Reed
    Posted June 3, 2014 at 7:09 am | Permalink

    Did Oberyn get his first spear broken on purpose? We saw his squire oiling up some weapons before the fight. Perhaps the plan was, that his squire put poison on the second spear, after the fight had begun, while noone would notice.

  94. yup
    Posted June 3, 2014 at 4:40 pm | Permalink

    gimme a pedro pascal in true detective :P


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