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'Game of Thrones'' Jaqen H'ghar Talks Surprising Returns

By Cindy Davis | Game of Thrones | April 23, 2015 |






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Sunday night’s “House of Black and White” heralded the return of more than one beloved character, as well as a reunion of sorts between Arya and a certain handsome assassin, who may or may not be who we think he is. Though H’ghar gave Arya the iron coin as “an invitation,” actor Tom Wlaschiha says Jaqen didn’t know she’d actually come to Braavos and find him, and the same goes for his own return. “…it was tricky I was hoping to be back, but normally what you hope for on Game of Thrones doesn’t happen.” In an interview with Making of Game of Thrones, Wlaschiha answered some interesting queries.

**No book spoilers in the comments, please!

On Jaqen’s relationship with Arya, and whether he’d always seen her as a follower:

“It was certainly some sort of teacher-student relationship in Season 2. There was almost a friendship vibe when we left them, even though she named him as the third name and took it back.

It seems like there’s some bigger plan behind it. We still don’t know why Jaqen showed up in the first place. It always seemed kind of strange to me that he, with his abilities, would be a prisoner in the black cells in King’s Landing. We still don’t know what his secret agenda is - or if there is a secret agenda.”

On how that relationship is changing:

“I think the great part about Maisie [Williams] playing Arya is that she basically grows up with her part and vice versa. Years ago, she was still a girl and Arya was all impulsive. Now she’s become much more aware of what she wants and her abilities - she’s more determined and more conscious of her choices.

Arya’s whole relationship with Jaqen also changes because he wants to teach her, but he’s not going to make it easy for her. He never tells her exactly what he wants from her; he gives her hints. He wants her to think for herself and to find her own path.”


So, why was Arya first turned away from the House of Black and White?

“He maybe wants to test her - to see if she’s really serious about it. I love the scene where she sits outside in the rain all night repeating the names over and over again. She’s so determined.


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Who Wlaschiha sees ending up on the Iron Throne:

“Well, Arya, of course, for selfish reasons.”


Say what? Wlaschiha’s dream scene would be with…

“I would like to have a scene with Melisandre. That’d be a really interesting pair: the two people with supernatural abilities. One character I really liked was Joffrey, but that’s not going to happen, unless I decide to take on his face… but we don’t want to give the producers any ideas.”


Would Jaqen go to a Game of Thrones wedding?

“Of course I go. What could happen to me? Whatever happens is probably Jaqen’s fault.”


Valar Morghulis…(not today, mothereffer).

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)


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