Pedro Pascal Talks About What It Was Like Getting His Eyes Gouged Out In Game Of Thrones

Pedro Pascal recalls the first time he had his eyes gouged out on camera.


As with most deaths in HBO's Game of Thrones, Oberyn Martell's death may rank up there as one of the most gruesome. However, for Pedro Pascal, it was so relaxing that the actor actually fell asleep on set with fake blood and bits of latex skin on his face.

Pascal's beloved Martell met his end in Game of Thrones when Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson's Ser Gregor Clegane aka The Mountain, gouges Martell's eyes out and then crushes his skull during a duel.

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Talking to Sean Evans on Hot Ones, Pascal recalled shooting the scene, saying the fake blood that was piped down Björnsson's arm actually cooled him off during an exceptionally hot day of filming.

"I got my head crushed in. It was the best part of the day," Pascal said jokingly. "It was so hot when we were shooting that scene, you know, he's over me and he puts his thumbs into my eyes and they've got tubing through his body into his forearms to his thumbs just like pumping this cool blood...The gentlest guy ever. I felt no pressure at all, and he was so hyper-aware of it. I couldn't even feel his weight on me as he basically straddled me."

After Martell had died on camera, the actor had to remain still as the camera captured a wide shot of his bloody, crushed remains. The crew then applied fleshy bits on the actor's face that felt cool to the touch. The combination resulted in Pascal taking an accidental nap.

"I went into the deepest sleep I've been in," he continued. "I realize now that because I'm not a very good sleeper I need to be laid out with pieces of flesh, gelatinous cool-to-the-touch face meat, and pooling blood and maybe I'll finally get a good f---ing night's sleep."

Evans mentioned that Game of Thrones wasn't the only time Pascal played a character with gouged eyes. It also happens to his character in the Denzel Washington action movie, The Equalizer, during the final fight scene before being absolutely sliced up by Washington's character.

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