Pedro Pascal will no longer let fans re-enact his death scene from Game of Thrones after getting an eye infection.
Pedro Pascal has rapidly become one of the most beloved A-list actors in popular culture in recent years, with huge placements in series such as Game of Thrones, The Last of Us, and The Mandalorian, as well as leading performances in nearly 70 projects, according to IMDb. Unfortunately, the price of fame and popularity can sometimes result in unintended consequences, such as Pedro Pascal receiving an eye infection from allowing too many fans to put their fingers in and around his eyes in order to recreate his famous death scene from Game of Thrones. The actor revealed this disturbing story during a recent dramatic actors’ roundtable event on YouTube, featuring Succession‘s Kieran Culkin, The White Lotus‘ Michael Imperioli, and others.
Pedro Pascal’s Game of Thrones character, Prince Oberyn Martell, became an instant hit with audiences, bringing some of the most memorable scenes to the star-studded series in his brief 7-episode run back in 2014. Pascal’s character met his brutal end during a scene dubbed The Mountain Vs. The Viper, in which he stands in as Tyrion Lannister’s champion in a trial by combat against the hulking beast known as The Mountain, played by Icelandic strongman Hafthor Bjornsson.
The final moments of the fight contain a gruesome and highly disturbing sequence in which The Mountain towers over Martell’s body, plunges his thumbs into his opponent’s eyes, and crushes Pedro Pascal’s skull like a watermelon.
Since the appearance, fans have, of course, begun to swarm Pedro Pascal in public, often seeking to recreate famed moments in the star’s career, such as the climactic Mountain vs. the Viper fight. Since Pedro Pascal seems to be the most wholesome and humble actor in Hollywood since Keanu Reeves, the Last of Us actor has been more than happy to oblige these requests in the past.
Unfortunately, as the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us all, not all our friends and colleagues roaming the streets have been washing their hands as thoroughly or as often as we’d all like to believe, resulting in Pascal getting a nasty eye infection while pleasing his fans.
Pedro Pascal concluded his anecdote by stating that he no longer trusts the public enough to get so touchy-feely with his internal organs, to which Successions‘ Kieran Culkin quipped that he was too trusting to begin with. The other dramatic acting stars laughed and discussed some obnoxious fan interactions of their own in response to the story, providing fans with some level of understanding of what these actors must go through on a regular basis.
It’s certainly a good thing that Pedro Pascal learned his lesson from the fan encounters relatively early on in his career, especially since his latest leading performance as Joel from the hit Last of Us HBO series may inspire fans to perform some dangerous recreations of a certain scene from the second video game in the series involving a golf club. These days, if any fans are lucky enough to cross paths with the Din Djarin actor, they should be mindful of respecting Pascal’s boundaries, though he does still seem to admire the affection.