Even though we’d heard rumblings of his return, it was great to actually see fan favorite Tom Wlaschiha back in the flesh as Jaqen H'ghar (or is he?) on Game of Thrones. The last time we saw the mysterious, skilled assassin was all the way back at the end of Season 2, when he gave Arya (Maisie Williams) the coin from Braavos with instructions to say "Valar Morghulis" to any Braavosi she encountered, if she wanted to find him again. And find him she did at the House of Black and White.
At the time, the actor had no idea that he’d be back on the HBO fantasy series, since the character has yet to reappear in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels. It's actually been surmised he's replacing the character of the Kindly Man from the books, and I actually like that idea. In an interview with Making Game of Thrones, Wlaschiha opened up about his return and said:
"I had some hope, but it was tricky. The character's not in the books anymore, so far, at least. I was hoping to be back, but normally what you hope for on Game of Thrones doesn't happen.
When he gave Arya the coin, it was definitely an invitation to come to Braavos and train to become a Faceless Man, but he didn't know that she was actually going to find him."
When asked if he thought Jaqen had seen in Arya a potential acolyte when they were both at Harrenhal, the actor admitted that we still don’t know the real reasons why he was there in the first place:
"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."
Wlaschiha also talked about the teacher-student relationship his character had with Arya in Season 2, admitting that there was some some of friendship vibe going on as well, and touched upon their new dynamic:
"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."
Were you excited to see Tom Wlaschiha’s triumphant return on Game of Thrones? Do you believe he is truly Jaqen H’ghar, or someone (the Kindly Man) who took his face? Remember, he did say to Arya, "A man is not Jaqen H’ghar."
(via Making Game of Thrones)