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.