Pedro Pascal recalls being asked for the same bizarre selfie from Game of Thrones fans. Introduced in season 4, Pascal portrayed Oberyn Martell, a hot-headed member of a royal family from the kingdom of Dorne. Arriving in King’s Landing, he soon makes his motives clear as he intends to exact his revenge against Gregor Clegane for the murder of his family members. After Tyrion Lannister requests a trial by combat, Oberyn vows to fight Clegane. The Dornish warrior appears to easily handle the massive Kingsguard knight until his overconfidence gets the best of him. After suffering a fatal wound, Clegane digs his thumbs into Oberyn’s eyes, crushing his skull.
Speaking in a roundtable discussion with other dramatic actors organized by The Hollywood Reporter, Pascal recalled repeatedly getting the same bizarre selfie requests over his character’s Game of Thrones death scene. Read what Pascal said below:
I remember early, because of Game of Thrones and the way my character died…people were super into taking selfies with their thumbs in my eyes. At first, I was so kind of earnest and happy about the success of the character in the show. And I would let them, in New York of all places. I remember getting a little bit of an eye infection and then I stopped.
Pedro Pascal Is In the Prime of His Career
Following Pascal’s stand-out appearance in Game of Thrones in 2014, the actor earned major roles in some of the biggest film and television projects of the last decade, making him a household name worldwide. A year after Oberyn met his gruesome demise, Pascal landed a lead role on the popular crime drama Narcos for three seasons. He followed that success with the international Star Wars sensation The Mandalorian, portraying the titular character.
Pascal’s newfound fame allowed him to book roles in major motion pictures as well, including Kingsman: The Golden Circle, The Equalizer 2, Wonder Woman 1984, and The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent. He is set to appear in Ethan Coen’s road comedy Drive-Away Dolls and will also lead an upcoming ensemble film Freaky Tales from the Captain Marvel writer-director duo Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck.
One of the Chilean-American actor’s most recent acclaimed roles came as hardened smuggler Joel Miller in the HBO television adaptation of The Last of Us. The series tells an emotional tale of endurance, trauma, and fatherly love in a post-apocalyptic world teeming with murderous zombies and desperate survivors. Pascal is set to return for season 2 alongside Game of Thrones alum Bella Ramsey.