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Pedro Pascal and Dan Weiss on what led to the trial by combat’s crushing end

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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

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Then I tore off my costume and jumped into the ocean

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

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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?

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

    #teamoberyn
    #ouch
    #mountainellariaafterparty
    #highfivenobody

  • 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….

  • 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.

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

  • Nobody,

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

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

  • 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!!!

  • 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

  • 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…

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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….

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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”

  • 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. :/

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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…

  • 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!!!!!

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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**

  • Tony,

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

  • 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…

  • 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.