It was an eye-popping episode for Prince Oberyn, aka The Viper, as he’d had a battle to death with a massive man dubbed The Mountain. In the Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode, called “The Mountain and the Viper,” the two had to decide the future fate of Tyrion Lannister, but for Oberyn it was something more than just a fight, as he was thriving for revenge.
In real life, however, Oberyn, played by Pedro Pascal, and Gregor Clegane, played by Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, turned out to be good friends. The Chilean American actor shared a photo of himself and the 26-year-old Hafþór.
The photo, captioned simply “Buds,” shows the two actor enjoying the sun and beach together. Hafþór appears to be growling in the pic, wearing only a pair of bright orange shorts, his tattooed biceps and hulking chest exposed in all its glory, while Pedro smiles at the camera as he poses with his thumb up, sunglasses covering his eyes.
The picture proves the fact how difficult it was for Pascal to face against the 6ft 9in, 400lb Icelandic former professional basketball player, who is literally one of the strongest men in the world.
Recently, the 39-year-old Chilean told Vulture that what he believes people love so much about the HBO series is the “brutal honesty”, which he says is “uncompromising”.
“I got all 10 episodes of the season before I flew out to Europe, and I read them voraciously. I’m a fan of the show, and I was reading them like a regular fan at first, you know? And I read all the episodes back to back, really, really quickly,” he told the website.
“And when I got to my final episode, I was really impressed by how similar it was to the scene in the books.”
Pascal added that when he started rehearsing with The Mountain, who is just about 400 pounds, Bjornsson had just come back from proving he actually could crush a man’s head with his bare hands.
“Hafþór was competing in a strongman competition in China, and he came back with the title of third strongest man in the world! That’s pretty impressive. Our stunt coordinator told me, ‘Just so you know, he’s the third strongest man in the world. It’s official.’”
The actor continued: “We had a lot of fun. It was still really, really challenging, and I was totally intimidating, and I wanted to get it right – for the readers, for the production, and for me. And everything lined up in my favour.
“Stepping into it was a really scary thing, but the doing of it was the most fun I ever had. It was nuts! With hundreds of extras watching, a lot of the main characters watching. It was big.”