Oberyn Martell may be dead, but his legacy lives on — just as Pedro Pascal.
The actor who so memorably played the swashbuckling (and famously doomed) Game of Thrones character tells EW that despite starring in the popular bilingual drama Narcos, he still gets plenty of Oberyn love from fans, particularly in Latin America.
“Oberyn was a beloved character of Latin America,” Pascal says. “So down there, a conversation will start with Game of Thrones and then move into Narcos.”
When asked if Oberyn — who was one of the few heroes of color on a series with a predominantly white cast — might have held a special significance, Pascal responded with an emphatic yes. “I do feel like Oberyn brought some sort of, like, cultural of representation to fantasy land that resonated not just for Latin America, but for many nonwhite people, amongst many nonwhite cultures.”
“That’s my impression anyway,” the Chilean-American actor continued, before laughing: “Maybe I’m embellishing.”
Does he still keep up with Thrones? “I’m completely caught up,” Pascal says. And, naturally, he’s especially been keeping track of Oberyn’s Dornish lover Ellaria Sand. “I’m hoping Ellaria has something up her f—ing sleeve.”
“I text David [Benioff] and D.B. [Weiss] every Sunday while I’m watching it,” the actor adds. “They’re just like, ‘Dude, leave us alone. We’re busy!’”
The Game of Thrones season finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO. Narcos season 3 drops Sept. 1 on Netflix.