Game of Thrones baddie Joffrey Lannister graces the cover of Entertainment Weekly this week, but it’s a new character that’s caught our interest. Pedro Pascal has been cast as Oberyn Martell, a sexy but dangerous Dornish prince seeking vengeance against the Lannisters for his sister’s rape and murder.
Oberyn is fairly badass—he’s nicknamed the Red Viper because of his habit of dipping his blades in deadly poisons, making even a single blow fatal. GoT producer David Benioff describes Oberyn as “a favorite character from the books—he’s got the swagger, he’s smart, he loves his family, and he’s sexual in all sorts of ways.”
All sorts of ways?
According to the Game of Thrones wiki, Oberyn is bisexual in George RR Martin’s books:
Oberyn has a lined face with thin eyebrows, black “viper” eyes and a sharp nose. His hair is lustrous and black with only a few silver streaks and recedes from his brow into a widow’s peak.
It is rumored that he has sexual relations with his squires when Ellaria is unavailable. It is not unusual for lords and ladies in Dorne to be openly bisexual, due to the relaxed attitude towards sexuality among the Dornish.
Let’s hope we see some of that “relaxed attitude” when GoT returns on April 6.