Game of Thrones has cast its Red Viper of Dorne

Game of Thrones Season Four still has a good bit of story from A Storm of Swords to tell. Part of that story involves Oberyn Martell, the Prince of Dorne also known as the Red Viper. Now the snake has a face.

EW reports that Chilean actor Pedro Pascal has been cast as Oberyn Martell, the Dornish prince who arrives in King's Landing seeking revenge. Pascal has recently appeared on Graceland as Juan Badillo and Red Widow as Jay Castillo. EW shares this note about the casting from the showrunners:

“This was a tough one,” say showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss about the casting. “The Red Viper is sexy and charming, yet believably dangerous; intensely likable, yet driven by hate. The boys love him, the girls love him, and he loves them all back. Unless your last name is Lannister. We found a fellow who can handle the job description and make it seem effortless. He wasn’t easy to find and he won’t be easy to stop.”

'Game of Thrones' casts major season 4 role: Oberyn the Red Viper [EW via Blastr]