Pedro Pascal Explains the Ecstasy of Oberyn Martell - Making Game of Thrones
- 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.