Now with the 15 minute awesome teaser of the series four of game of thrones, which contained lots of awesome music, fights, Dragons, and a particular wedding and did I mention dragons? A lot of people have been asking who this guy who keeps popping up is. And why is he after the Lannisters?
Okay, to answer this Question we have to go back a fair bit.
First of he Is Prince Oberyn Martell of Dorne, (also known as the red viper) you may remember all the way back in season two Cersi and Tyrion arguing about sending Cersi’s little girl Myrcella to the Martells because they ‘loath’ us. Basically because of Stannis they had to find a safe home for her, and so they organised for her to be send to Dorne to live with the Martells and one day marry the current ruler of Dorne (Oberyn’s older brother) son Tysone. This was obliviously not a good idea from Cersi’s POV because they hate them so much.
But why? You may be asking WHY does the Martells hate the Lannisters?
Back when the Targerians ruled the seven Kingdoms the Mad king had two sons, Rhaegar and Viserys. (The guy who got gold melted on his head in series one. )
Because Daenerys was not yet born and Targaryen’s normally marry brother to sister, this meant someone else was to marry Prince Rhaegar, and the lucky lady was Elia Martell of Dorne.
Elias Martell was the younger sister of Oberon (this guy) and Doran (the current ruling prince of Dorne.For anyone getting confused Dorne has no Kings and Queens just Prince and Princess.)
Elia had two children with Prince Rhaegar a girl Rhaenys and a boy Aegon.
If anyone is wondering why the name Rhaegar is ringing bells in your head, he is the guy who kidnapped (or ran away with) Eddard (Ned) Starks sister and Roberts Barrathons bride to be Lyanna. When this happened Robert Barratheon started a war to bring her back.
Fast forward to when Tywin Lannister went to the gates of Kings landing with lots and lots of men, and the mad king opened the gates to him, his men than sacked the city. This lead to Ser Gregor Clegane also known as the mountain (the hounds brother, the one who burnt the hound, and chopped off his poor horses head in season 1). to rape and murder Elia and with the help of Ser Amory Lurch killed her and her two children (but this is disputed more in book 5).
So Basically after all these years Prince Oberon who is probably the most dangerous man in Dorne, he knows much about poisons, he is excellent with his spear, (When he was young he fought a man with a poisoned spear, this caused him to die of his wounds and caused people to call him the read viper) he has more children than the former King Robert (eight bastard daughters which people call the sand snakes, but in his defence he is a good father and takes care of them) and he is rumoured to be bisexual and now has used his invitation to the royal wedding to seek revenge on his sister and niece and nephew. Which is why in the promo Tyrion did not look excited so see he has arrived.
He is also one of the most beloved and bad ass characters of the entire series, and I think the actor who plays him is awsome
Little chicken out.