Pedro Pascal: Game of Thrones' International Man of Deliciousry

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Pedro Pascal: 'Game of Thrones'' International Man of Deliciousry

By Cindy Davis | Game of Thrones | May 12, 2014 | Comments ()


*Warning: This piece contains spoilers for last night’s Game of Thrones episode, “The Laws of Gods and Men.”

My god, people. After they hand out all the awards to Peter Dinklage for his incredible performance (seriously, his reactive expressions alone deserve an Emmy), someone has to go backstage, get the last golden statue, and hand it to Pedro Pascal. Thanks to Pascal, there has not been one throwaway second of Oberyn Martell material this season; the man simply commands our attention. Whether he’s being ridiculously (effortlessly) sexy, or tossing barbs at Cersei, Pascal’s delivery is spot on every single time. His confidence allows us to truly believe this man gets away with every witty, sarcastic stab he takes at everyone from Tywin to Varys; his intimate knowledge of nearly everyone only makes him all the more attractive (and deadly). Oberyn Martell is the James Bond of Game of Thrones…I wouldn’t be surprised if he stole the Iron Throne away.

Last night’s episode was a Martell tour de force; from the moment he complained about the early council meeting after his late night out, to his question for Shea: “So did you…fuck him like it was his last night in this world?” Who else could get away with the things he says and does?


And just look at this facework:




A few choice quotes from episode 6:

To his fellow council members: “So, does this mean I am a master of something now? Coins, ships…”

On the Unsullied: “They are very impressive on the battlefield. Less so in the bedroom.”

Speaking with Varys: “Tis a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us.”

“We have some lovely boys on retainer, but…You did like boys, before? (Varys shakes head.) “Really? So…I hope you won’t be offended when I say I never would have guessed.”

What follows involves a *Book Spoiler;* I’ll white it out for those who wish to avoid, and as always, please respect your fellow commenters and don’t discuss in the comments. Swipe to read: And now, a plea to the showrunners (though I realize whatever course they’ve chosen has already been filmed), if there is a time to deviate from book events, it is now: keep Oberyn Martell alive. Heck, wound him horribly, chop off a leg if you have to, but let him survive the Mountain that we might continue basking in Pedro Pascal’s delightful presence. In a recent GQ interview, the actor alludes to…something: “David and Dan, in their adaptation, still refuse to completely betray the books, but they keep surprises hidden.” Asked if he had to write an Oberyn obituary, Pascal replied: “Lived it. Loved it. Bye.” End Book Spoilers.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter) may be a tiny bit obsessed.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Maddy

    I am cautiously optimistic about Doran and Arianne. DON'T SCREW THIS UP SHOW.

  • Maddy

    I don't want to be a downer but ... not really feeling it (although that's more the writing than the actor) I prefer Indira Varma as Ellaria. He was definitely great in the last episode though, just chilling with his feet on the table while everyone else stood up for Tywin. He's too cool for the Small Council.

    And is he just drycleaning that one outfit? He's the Prince of Dorne. Come on.

  • Strand

    Maybe has a wardrobe of them. Like Superman.

  • Maddy

    I'll buy this. I mean it looks good on him so I can't complain that much.

  • vic

    Quite right, he's been marvelous. But I disagree with you on the other point. More on that elsewhere.

  • TK

    Look, I'm a straight man and all I'm saying is... I'd think about it. Very seriously.

  • BAM.

  • He wins my vote for Best Nose on TV Right Now.

  • Buellie413

    That's my favorite part of him. One of many.

  • Mrs. Julien

    It is very good,

  • Alberto Cox DĂ©lano

    Time for Chileans to get all jingoistic!

    ... even though he left the country when he was a baby.

    ... his family having been exiled.

    Whatever, he still awesome because this:

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Okay... in the third gif I almost expect him to be chewing gum... because that expression is reminding me of the Bandit.

  • JustOP

    I don't get it. In this show Pedro Pascal is a tour-de-force, he literally commands your attention. But I saw him on The Mentalist the other day and the character he was playing was the epitome of Mr Blandy McBlandison.

  • Strand

    Ever since LA Confidential, I thought Simon Baker was a handsome man's handsome man but he just doesn't do it for me on The Mentalist, regardless of his crazy dapper suits.

  • Drake

    I think the facial hair is part of it, and he just has great acting skills. He is supposed to be bland on The Mentalist.

  • Lord Inferno

    I saw a behind the scenes interview with the guy and he sounded and acted completely average.


    I have only ever had the exact opposite effect.

  • Bert_McGurt

    Oberyn is one of my new favourites. Having FINALLY (just on Saturday) reached the point in the books that your whited-out spoiler refers to - I wholeheartedly agree, I'd just wonder what effect it would have on other character's motivations.

  • Guest

    +1. Exactly.

  • John W

    Agree with your spoiler. I don't know why GRRM didn't do the same.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Because he's GRRM.

    I don't see it happening, frankly.

  • Maddy

    Yep no way

  • cruzzercruz

    This isn't an actual recap, right?

  • Monica

    I'll be in my brothel.

  • Guest

    +1 Cindy!

    *It's too bad we can't change the font colour in comments. Dumb Disqus.

  • Guest

    Or is it?

  • Guest

    It is, and only 1 of the many ways Disqus is Dumb.

  • JustOP

    You wanna know something dumb? I only realised Disqus is actually 'Discuss' a couple days ago. I literally slapped my own face in disbelief at my own stupidity.

  • Zeus McGuinnes

    I've been calling it Dingus this whole time.

  • Guest

    Disqus is this to me: (and it's exactly how I see it / say it):

  • Mrs. Julien

    Yep, that's how I say it, too.

    Also, PaJEEba.

  • Miss Kate

    I...didn't get that until you just said it

  • Emily Smith

    Same here.

  • Mrs. Julien


  • Guest


  • cox

    ooooh, thank you! i know everybody are all about tyrion in this episode, so i didnt want to spoil the fun, but for my money - he was the one who made the trial so memorable. his bemused faces are the absolute best.

  • He's been another perfect choice of casting. He is the Red Viper.

    BTW, who'd you get to play Doran? Or is that just for certain going to be Alfred Molina?

  • Zeus McGuinnes

    Call me crazy and spank my willy, but I always pictured Doran as Marlon Brando from the Godfather. No Idea why, maybe its his calmness and slow and measured delivery.

  • Strand

    I got the impression that Doran was frail and sickly. Not portly like Molina or latter years Brando. The actor needs to be racially ambiguous, commanding, yet satisfy physical requirements. I can't think of an actor off the top of my head.

    That said, the show will probably pick an unknown who'll be perfect just like Oberyn. I always imagined Naveen Andrews as the Red Viper but I absolutely love the Pascal.

  • Zeus McGuinnes

    Yeah I wasn't seriously suggesting it as David and Dan don't seem to have the powers of re-animation or time reversal (yet). [spoiler]

  • I've always pictured Edward James Olmos, but that's not gonna happen.

  • manting

    Doran has gout not a fatal case of acne

  • That's why I pictured Alfred. He can pass for an older sibling to Pedro Pascal and he's good enough to portray the gout as well as the cunning Doran has.

  • manting

    I just love the fact that hes the guy in Raider of the Lost Ark who tries to fuck over Indy in the cave in the beginning.

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