Any category that Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) is in in this year’s WiCnet Awards, he’s going to win. That’s science. Sorry, Tywin, Ygritte, Joffrey. You might have won in any other year. But Season 4 belonged to Oberyn.
Personally, I was pretty worried about this scene for two reasons. The first one is obvious: I love Oberyn, and watching “The Mountain and the Viper” knowing that Gregor Clegane would defeat him at the end of it was sheer torment. (The fight itself, as written about in more detail when it won Best Action Sequence, was a masterpiece of tension.) Oberyn brought a much-needed change in perspective to King’s Landing, reminding the Lannisters—and the viewers—that even among the rich and politically powerful, no one in Game of Thrones is entirely safe from retribution for past wrongs. And boy, are there a lot of past wrongs in Westeros. The Lannisters always pay their debts, and Oberyn was here to collect. His quest for justice might not have ended well for him, true, but no one in Game of Thrones should be taking a victory lap quite yet (Tywin).
The second reason I was on-edge had to do with the death itself….