Jaqen H'ghar

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Jaqen H'ghar
Jaqen H'ghar by Amok©
Jaqen H'ghar by Amok©

Alias Lorath
Allegiance Faceless Men
Book(s) A Clash of Kings (Appears)
A Storm of Swords (Mentioned)
A Feast for Crows (Appears)
A Dance with Dragons (Mentioned)

Played by Tom Wlaschiha and Patrick O'Kane (as Jaqen's new face)[1]
TV series Season 2 | Season 5 | Season 6

Jaqen H'ghar is the name of a sly Lorathi criminal who meets Arya Stark on her way to the Wall. In the television adaptation Game of Thrones he is portrayed by Tom Wlaschiha.


See also: Images of Jaqen H'ghar and Jaqen H'ghar/Theories

Jaqen H'ghar wears long hair with one side colored white and the other red. The man later changes his appearance to a hook-nosed man with a scar, a gold tooth, and black curly hair. It is unknown whether this appearance is another disguise or the assassin's true face, though it is nearly identical to that of the alchemist.[2]

He speaks in the traditional manner of Lorathi, omitting names and avoiding first and second gramattical persons.[3]

Recent Events

A Clash of Kings

Jaqen chained to the wagon - by Amok ©

Jaqen H'ghar is part of Yoren's group of recruits taken from King's Landing to join the Night's Watch, just after the execution of Eddard Stark.[4] He is one of three prisoners found in the infamous "black cells", the dungeons reserved for only the worst criminals. The other black cells criminals, Rorge and Biter, are afraid of him.[5] Jaqen behaves in an obsequious manner toward Arya Stark while being escorted to the Wall. When Ser Amory Lorch attacks the company at an abandoned town by the God's Eye, Arya saves him and his two fellow prisoners from death by a fire.[6]

At Harrenhal, Jaqen finds her again and tells her that she is owed three deaths and to select three people for him to kill, to repay the deaths she stole from the "Red God". Arya uses him to eliminate two of her enemies at Harrenhal, Chiswyck and Weese, but he rejects her request for aid in any other way. By threatening to select Jaqen himself as her third choice, Arya ultimately forces him to help free the northmen imprisoned at Harrenhal.[2]

Arya gives Jaqen a name - by mustamirri ©

Once his debt is filled, Jaqen prepares to take his leave, but he first gives Arya an old iron coin and instructs her to give it to any man of Braavos, saying the words "valar morghulis" should she ever need more help. Then he announces that "Jaqen H'ghar" must die, and passes a hand over his face. His face magically reshapes into that of a hook-nosed man with a gold tooth.[2]

A Feast for Crows

A man that claims to be an alchemist and matches the description of Jaqen's new face arrives in Oldtown. He kills Pate, an inept Citadel novice struggling to form his first link in the chain.[7] When Samwell Tarly later arrives in the Citadel he is welcomed by a novice calling himself Pate who appears to the outside world to be that same Pate.[8]


The Red God has his due, sweet girl, and only death may pay for life. This girl took three that were his. This girl must give three in their places. Speak the names, and a man will do the rest.[9]

- Jaqen to Arya Stark

References and Notes

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