The Character People Forget Pedro Pascal Played On Buffy The Vampire Slayer

In recent years, Pedro Pascal has become near and dear to the hearts of fans everywhere. His recent roles have been geared towards emotionally resonant characters that viewers cannot help but gravitate towards. 

Pascal dies in one of the most graphic death scenes to date as Oberyn Martell in "Game of Thrones," and he is also set to appear in one of the most anticipated new TV shows of 2022, portraying Joel Miller in HBO's "The Last Of Us," adapted from Naughty Dog's highly popular video game series. While he is currently starring in many famous properties, it wouldn't be the first time.

Pascal's career stretches back as far as the classic horror television series, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Though the show's creator Joss Whedon has come under fire for many things recently, including controversial statements concerning "Justice League," the show continues to be culturally relevant (via Vulture). Many fans of the actor forget that Pascal was a part of the cultural zeitgeist, appearing in the show as a classmate of Buffy's (Sarah Michelle Gellar).

Pascal plays Buffy's first real college friend

Slash Film calls Season 4 of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" a "transitional phase," which is an adequate descriptor in more ways than one. This is the infamous college season in which Buffy struggles to adapt to her new environment. College offers many obstacles — including demon roommates — but Buffy's real challenge is finding friends at school. 

In Episode 1 of the season, Buffy feels adrift from her old friend group. She isn't sure she can make college work until she meets Eddie, played by Pedro Pascal. Pascal is sans his customary facial hair in the role, but his character plays a significant part of Buffy's college development. Eddie is as adrift as her, with only his favorite book, "Of Human Bondage," to comfort him.

He and Buffy bond and become close friends, which is why she is devastated when Eddie apparently runs away from school. He is her first real friend who isn't a carryover from Sunnydale High. Buffy is sure that he didn't run away and investigates, soon finding out that he was turned into a vampire by sociopathic college coed Sunday (Katharine Towne). Sadly, it is too late for Eddie, and Buffy is forced to slay him, but this encounter helps her get her groove back and figure out what college is. As it turns out, it's actually a lot like high school.