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It's That Little Souvenir of a Terrible Year: A Pictorial Appreciation of the Man Who Breathed New Life into Game of Thrones

By Cindy Davis | Seriously Random Lists | June 4, 2014 | Comments ()


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So, I know you like pretty pictures and all, but if you’re not caught up on Game of Thrones, through Sunday’s “The Mountain and the Viper,” you may want to back out now. Then again, the Pedro Pascal allure might be overwhelmingly tempting; spoilers — who cares? Proceed at your own risk.

Meanwhile, let’s take a second to think about all the grumbling this season, and to acknowledge how this brilliant, short-lived character managed to make us forget about that serious misstep, the ho-hum moments, and our general Monday morning bitchery. Joffrey who? Jaime did what to Cersei? This one great character, gloriously brought to life by a gifted actor (and his equally wonderful companion), breathed excitement and wit and sensuality into his every scene. Let us revel in the true Red Viper as he lived (that’s code for: I need to forget how he died).

Come, walk with me…

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Cindy Davis, (Twitter) wishes the story ended here.



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  • BizzyBzz

    This is the best post on the internet right now.

  • denesteak

    God, I want every single coat he has.

    (This goes without saying -- and him too.)

  • cj

    Edit: You forgot to ask that we play this song as we scroll. https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

  • lowercase_ryan

    Also, can we just introduce the Sand Snakes already?

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Oh my god, I've been dying to see the sand snakes ever since I heard Oberyn was cast. I can only pray they will be as amazing as their dad.

  • lowercase_ryan

    #truedetectiveseason2

  • asherlev1

    OMG. YES. YES. YES. YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    If that happens, I will run in circles like an overly-excited puppy until the season starts.

  • e jerry powell

    I want all manner of boys kissing boys on premium cable!

    Oh, and more points please...

    I've lived long enough to have earned them.

  • Pippa_Laughingstock

    Perhaps the most perfectly cast of a nearly perfect cast.

  • Ozioma

    I was singing Boyz II Men's 'It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday' in my head as I scrolled past.

  • Matt_2000

    I hope that Marvel is looking at this man for Dr. Strange.

  • luthien26

    From your lips to Stan Lee's ears!

  • Todd Sikkema

    10,000 bonus Reddit points for the Sundays reference. I feel fine now.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    I knew what was going to happen to him. And I steeled myself to not get attached (like I did in the books, where I was so invested in his Inigo Montoya storyline). But damn him, I could not resist Pascal and now I'm devastated ALL OVER AGAIN.

    Not cool, GOT.

    So, I'm just going to pretend that Oberyn got bored and decided to join Brienne on her quest. He's so much better for her than the Kingslayer.

    http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg....

  • alwaysanswerb

    I was legitimately more pissed off at his death than any other in the books. The Starks are valiant and true and all that, but the Red Viper had heart and passion and swagger and I was hopelessly in love. It was this death, and not the Red Wedding, that caused me to chuck ASOS across the room.

  • Ian Fay

    BRB, listening to every album The Sundays ever produced. again.

  • Danar the Barbarian

    I read the first four words in my own voice and the rest of the title was sung by Harriet in my head. Hooray Sundays!

  • Ian Fay

    According to Wikipedia, they might be reforming (after the singer and guitar player got married and had a kid).

  • Danar the Barbarian

    I will shine up my 8-hole Docs and fix the button on my babydoll dress in anticipation!

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    passing your hand through a flame or larger fire is always my favorite shorthand for "fucks given <= 0"

  • luthien26

    *sobs* Red Viper forever, man. Hands-down, to me, the single sexiest character so far on the show. There are others who are handsome and beautiful, but as far as pure sex appeal, Oberyn was IT. And hats off to Pedro Pascal for taking a character that was dynamic in the books and breathing amazing life into him, making him that much more dynamic on the screen. I don't know how the casting director thought to choose him, but damn, it was an excellent choice. I, for one, am going to miss the hell out of him.

  • sherryb23

    Agreed--I'll admit that I wasn't as invested in the Dorne scenes in the books but now...oh, am I ever.

  • The_Ghost_of_Bo_Crowder

    Casting is something that the show does very well indeed. I hadn't heard of him before he was cast in the show, but after his very first scene it was obvious that he'd absolutely nailed the character.

  • Danar the Barbarian

    Pedro MADE the Red Viper. He was awesome. It makes me wonder what he could have done with the role of Daario Noharis. Imagine Khaleesi's lions aflame from that!

  • John W

    His agent should be pretty busy now.

  • pluiedenovembre

    I know this is dumb but I actually sen a tweet to The Americans suggesting they cast Pedro for season 3.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    He's doing Shakespeare in the park! Pajiba trip to NYC?

  • Mrs. Julien

    Mswas and I are going to be in NYC on the 20th.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Really? Hmmm...

  • Mrs. Julien

    C'est vrai! Absolument!
    [tiptoes out precariously on ballet pointe shoes]
    [Lydia the Tattooed Lady heard being played on piano in the next room]

  • luthien26

    I hope so! I need more Pedro! :)

  • He'll be dancing round The Mountain when he comes
    He'll be dancing round The Mountain when he comes
    He'll be dancing round The Mountain
    He'll be dancing round The Mountain

    He'll be dancing round The Mountain and then I'll cry

  • Dare I say it? I dare: The best character, pound for pound so to speak, in the show's run thus far.

  • ZestyItalian2

    ....I hate this dumb show.

  • Suh-woon.

  • BendinIntheWind

    "I will be your champion."

    I will be in my bunk.

  • He managed to embody the whole of Dorne and the Martells in one great performance.

    He's also raised the stakes for Doran, Trystane, Arianne and the rest of House Martell to live up to.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    His perfomance as "The Red Viper" was truly eye-opening.

    He really crushed the competition there.

  • ruby

    You might even call him a sight for sore eyes?

  • ZbornakSyndrome
  • Joey.blowey

    Eye! Carumba!

  • You sonofabitch.

  • You guise...

  • JJ

    His fighting style was anything but toothless.

  • BlackRabbit

    Toothless Aggression.

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    Aw, man.

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

    I'M SORRY I COULDN'T RESIST.

  • Kala

    TRUE STORY: After the awful, awful end of the Red Viper of Dorne, I spent the next morning miserably singing this song.

    You may proceed with the mocking now.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    FOR SERIOUS.

  • God Of Bal-Sagoth

    Would you save my soul... tonight?

    Because girl, I think we're brain twins.

  • Kala

    "I will stand by you forever..." *Breath Hitches* "You..." *Sniffle* "...can take..." *Sniffle* "...my breath away..."

    RED VIPER 4 EVA

  • TK

    Coulda been worse, coulda been this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?...

  • DOOD.

  • Brooke Michelle

    Jesus Christ why.

  • TK

    Because it was got into my head and I never, EVER suffer alone. That's why I have You People.

  • I thought one of those sniffles was a *selfie*. Which would totally work too, considering Pascal's Instagram game.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    The selfie game is strong with that one.

  • ZbornakSyndrome

    Instead of "you can take my breath away" my husband has been singing "The mountain took my head away".
    I might have to harm him soon.

  • Kala

    My lower lip trembles in anger and indignation. SO MEAN.

  • BlackRabbit

    Perhaps he was just happy to show off the gift he bought his friend the Mountain so he leapt out of the present to give it to him. And the Mountain is falling down, all surprised and laughing, and soon they will hug and go to the zoo and buy frozen custard.

  • TheOriginalMRod

    Maybe the Red Viper has a twin? or was that his sister that the mountain killed? ... viper twin powers activate?

  • uberfunction

    They could totally bring him back. I believe the movie Beerfest did it when one of the main characters died. http://youtu.be/0w9DUTcAI0o

  • cox

    well, he has a garrison of bastard daughters that are guaranteed to be delightful. its the little things!

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