HBO: What was it like to film the combat scene? Can you explain Oberyn’s decisions?
Pedro Pascal: It was very challenging because there was a physical aspect of it – which was the most demanding work that I’ve ever done – but also Oberyn is climaxing emotionally. Those two things synchronize themselves really beautifully.
I had a fascinating conversation with Lena Headey on set where we discussed the entire arc of the character. Oberyn is desperate to hear the Mountain make his confession. Although it’s a violently tragic end, he does ultimately hear the words. There is this bittersweet ecstasy in the idea of delivering oneself to one’s own end. It’s a very cathartic moment.
HBO: In a previous episode, Oberyn is writing a poem for his daughter. Have you thought through his life in Dorne?
Pedro Pascal: I see him as an extremely contemporary, progressive and loving father. I think it’s so suitable that he had nothing but daughters to raise. He doesn’t shape ideas based on old conventions so his daughters are not limited by backwards, medieval morality.
HBO: He’s very emotionally intelligent.
Pedro Pascal: I think there’s a depth in the way that Oberyn perceives the world and the way he lives in it. I think there’s a lot of woman inside of Oberyn, which attributes to his strength.
HBO: Can you explain what you mean by “a lot of woman”?
Pedro Pascal: Perceptiveness. Intelligence. In the world of ‘Game of Thrones,’ which can harshly reflect some of the darker elements of our reality, I would argue that women are often forced to be smarter and more in touch with themselves because their circumstances are so ruled by men. Women’s survival skills kick in a bit earlier.
HBO: Would you say that Oberyn is a feminist?
Pedro Pascal: Absolutely. Without choosing to be. It’s just intrinsic and logical to him. Ellaria Sand is the love of his life because she is his equal, if not his superior, in certain ways. That’s part of what makes him such a fierce man because he knows who to take his lead from.
HBO: How do you hope that fans remember Oberyn?
Pedro Pascal: As a lover and a fighter. As a fun character who ushered in something new to King’s Landing and stirred some sh*t up: Big in, big out.
HBO: Fans are bound to be brokenhearted.
Pedro Pascal: As am I. As I have been all along.—
I’d be the first to admit that I didn’t give two shits about Oberyn in the books, and I was actually a little baffled by all the hype about him at the start of the season. But Pedro Pascal did a fenomenal job with this role, and by the time The Mountain and the Viper aired I had become so emotionally invested in his character, I was actually shocked and heartbroken, despite knowing from the begining how he would end up.
It’s rare to see something done so much better in the show than in the books, and the credit for making Oberyn such a compelling character (and such a pleasure to watch, might I add) goes all to Mr Pascal. It’s obvious that he took a lot of time to reflect on Oberyn’s feelings, and delving into his past, his relationships and the things that motivate him helped him create a character that was incredibly human and believable. It’s amazing how half of the acting seems to be done off-screen.
Margaery putting daisies in Brienne’s armor
Margaery insisting on a forehead kiss so Brienne has to bow
Margaery worrying about her lady knight when she’s away doing work for the kingdom
Margaery making Brienne laugh really loudly in court but she’s not even embarrassed
Margery and Brienne ~*