10 TV Shows You Probably Didn’t Realize Pedro Pascal Starred In
Pedro Pascal is finally getting the recognition he deserves, but what are some of the shows you had no idea he starred in?
Pedro Pascal has been in Hollywood since the mid-1990s, but recently audiences have seen him rise to fame. Before fans of Star Wars realized it was him underneath the Mandalorian mask or fighting clickers in HBO’s The Last of Us, Pascal found small roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Without a Trace, and Law & Order. These were quick, single-episode roles that, if fans blinked, they would have never realized he was there.
In 2014, Pascal finally found his footing when he landed a role in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones as he played Oberon Martell. He may have only been seen in seven episodes, but his name was out there and his fanbase was started. Pascal continued to land some major roles after that, including Narcos and a feature film Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Now that Pascal is getting the recognition he deserves, here are some of the TV shows that fans didn’t realize he starred in.
10 The Good Wife
The Good Wife follows Alicia Florrick, who must now become the head of the household after her husband goes to prison due to a public sex scandal and political-corruption. Alicia returns to her career as a defense attorney while also balancing her family life. Pascal has a few recurring arcs on the show for the first two seasons as the assistant state’s attorney Nathan Landry.
9 Lights Out
A former boxing champion struggles to find his identity while supporting his family after he retires from his beloved sport in this FX drama Lights Out. Pascal landed as a guest star on the series for the first season as Omar Assarian. Slant Magazine calls Pascal’s character as a younger reflection of Light himself. He’s a new up-and-comer in the gym with a shot at the title. Omar has to balance fame while also staying humble which plays against Light’s first big break into the business.
8 Brothers & Sisters
Brothers & Sisters was an ongoing saga filled with drama about a California family with diverse personalities, who lose the head of their household. This death throws the family into chaos as they realize that the family business is in trouble. Pascal was only involved in the show for two episodes and played Zach Wellison. He makes his appearance in the middle of the fifth season of the show.
7 Red Widow
A woman seeks revenge for the murder of her husband in the ABC drama Red Widow. Maria Walraven decides to dive into the underworld that killed her husband which also happens to be the violent environment she grew up in as the daughter of a gangster. Pascal appeared in four episodes of the drama as Jay Castillo. Jay was Katrina’s husband and brother-in-law to Maria as well as a tattoo artist. The series was based on a Dutch television show titled Penoza and was canceled after one season, according to Rotten Tomatoes.
FBI Agent Mike Warren travels to California to investigate another agent. He joins the home where five other agents live and work, but the house seems to have more secrets than Mike knew about. Graceland was supposed to be where crime was busted, but the secrets the housemates are keeping seem to get in the way of justice. Pascal plays Juan Badillo, a senior FBI officer who was sent to investigate the legendary Briggs who seems to be a myth around the agency.
5 The Mentalist
The Mentalist tells the story of Patrick Jane who became an independent consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after losing his family to a serial killer. Patrick has an amazing track record for solving serious crimes using his skills of observation that were previously used to swindle people. Pascal joined the series in its sixth season as FBI Special Agent Marcus Pike. Pike quickly became Lisbon’s love interest in the season as TV Line describes him as a charming man with the integrity of a blue-collar cop and FBI smarts.
4 Game of Thrones
As nine noble families fight over the control of the lands of Westeros, an ancient enemy returns to the land. However, this enemy won’t stop each noble family as they fight for their right to rule the realm. Pascal enters the world of Game of Thrones as Oberyn Martell, the hot-headed and lethal younger brother of Doran Martell of Dome. His character comes to play in the fourth season of the show and is rather obsessed with vengeance and using his grief as the catalyst.
Narcos tells the story of the Columbian narco-terrorist and drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Escobar became the leader of the Medelin Cartel while making billions through the production and distribution of cocaine. Pascal portrays DEA Agent Javier Pena who is looking to take down the Columbian drug lord. The stories told throughout the series were based on real people and events throughout Escobar’s reign.
2 The Mandalorian
Pascal sets out for space in the Star Wars universe in The Mandalorian. He plays Din Djarin and the show follows him as he travels through space as a bounty hunter. While on a mission, Din finds a young creature who is wanted by people who wish him harm. Din decides to keep him safe rather than give him up and the pairing go on a rather chaotic space adventure. The show receives praise for the relationship that grows between Pascal’s character and the young creature he saves.
1 The Last of Us
Based on the 2013 video game, The Last of Us follows Joel and Ellie who are brought together during extreme circumstances. These two must rely on each other if they want to survive the journey across the United States post a global pandemic. Independent details that there are differences between the video game and the HBO adaption which the creators said gave viewers a different type of immersion than the video game. The show has gone on to surpass House of Dragons in streaming figures due to the hype over Pascal’s performance and popularity of the video game.