Game of Thrones returns on April 6 with a doozy of an episode and a doozy of a new character, the infamous Prince Oberyn (a.k.a. the Red Viper). Why the Red Viper? “He will poison you,” explains the man who plays him, Pedro Pascal. “He will stick you.” Pascal served up plenty of intel on his character and what to expect in season 4 when he stopped by the Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) studio. And he explained why drama will follow when Oberyn stops into King’s Landing, because it seems the prince is not quite a fan of the Lannisters.
“He has only hate for the Lannisters, actually” explains Pascal. “He has shaped his entire life around his hate for the Lannisters.” (Fans of the books will know that hate springs from blame he assigns to the family for past events involving his sister, but we shall say no more here.) While Oberyn shows no fear, we couldn’t help but wonder if Pascal was nervous about filming some of Game of Thrones’ notorious sex scenes, of which the actor became familiar with quite quickly — as in episode 1 quickly. “They warn you before you audition,” says Pascal of being told what was expected of him on the nudity front. But that wasn’t the thing the actor was most nervous about. “The thing I was scared of the most — it wasn’t the nakedness. It wasn’t the fighting with the spear and doing wushu martial arts. It was doing the scene with…”
Well, you’ll have to listen to find out. And you can listen right here and right now on the InsideTV Podcast. Also learn why Pascal made of point of not reading the original source material when he got the part, how he geeked out big time when he met the rest of the cast, and what it’s like to sport an awesome mustache (“I grow patchy facial hair and they found way to manicure it into something that gave me a nice porn ‘stache.”). It’s an awesome chat with a soon-to-be fan favorite (who also explained how he landed the role here) that you can enjoy by clicking on the audio player icon below.
Then we check in with the woman at the center of the storm when it comes to The Walking Dead. That’s right, Melissa McBride (who plays Carol) calls in to chat about that shocking episode and having to say goodbye to those two little girls — both on screen and off. It’s a conversation no Walking Dead fan will want to miss.
Finally, we chat with former NBA All-Star and the most recent person to be eliminated on Survivor, Cliff Robinson. Cliff reveals that he never knew his tribe attempted to throw a challenge to get him out, while also telling us the one thing he wishes they had shown. Plus, he talks all about meeting Kim Jong-un on his recent basketball trip to North Korea…which is just as wacky as it sounds.
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