Back in the events of Game of Thrones, we were introduced to the Faceless Men, which are assassins that are based in the Free City of Braavos. Serving the Many-Faced God, the Faceless Men are capable of changing their appearances by wearing different faces so that they can better serve their purpose as assassins. Of course, they have been around for a very long time and have been in existence well before the events of House of the Dragon. So, does that mean that the Faceless Men are in House of the Dragon?
It is unlikely that the Faceless Men of Braavos are going to be in House of the Dragon because the historical accounts of the Dance of the Dragons don’t say anything about them. However, it is possible that the series will include them within the flow of the story to account for some deaths and assassinations.
The Faceless Men of Braavos are some of the most feared assassins in the history of the known world in the works of George RR Martin, as Arya Stark herself displayed her skills multiple times in Game of Thrones. Of course, it should be exciting to see them appearing in House of the Dragon due to their popularity. So, with that, let’s look at whether or not they will be in House of the Dragon.
The Faceless Men Explained
There are a lot of different things that we love about Game of Thrones, but the people that actually helped in making the events of that series so interesting were the Faceless Men of Braavos. That’s because, during the Arya Stark story arc and character development, they were important to her overall progress as a person as she was able to realize who she was and what she needed to do. But who and what exactly are the Faceless Men of Braavos?
Originating from the Free City of Braavos, the Faceless Men are a religious group of assassins that serve the god of death known as the Many-Faced God, who is said to be the very embodiment of all of the different gods that the different religions in the known world serve. It is through this aspect that the Faceless Men of Braavos trained in the art of changing their own faces and taking on the appearance of another person so that they could better serve their purpose as assassins.
The Faceless Men are said to have originated from the Valyrian Freehold hundreds of years ago, as this order was founded before the Doom of Valyria and right around 400 years before Aegon’s Conquest of Westeros. As such, the Faceless Men have been around for a very long time, and that means that they pre-date the events of House of the Dragon.
In Game of Thrones, the Faceless Men had a leader in the form of Jaqen H’ghar, who was responsible for training Arya Stark when she went to Braavos all the way from Westeros so that she could learn their trade. She made Arya forget who she was so that she could hone her skills as a fighter and as a Faceless Man.
However, it was also this story arc that allowed Arya to realize what she needed to do and who she really was, and that’s why the Faceless Men are important to the events of Game of Thrones, considering that Arya ended up killing not only the people who wronged her family but also the Night King himself.
Are The Faceless Men In House Of The Dragon?
As mentioned, the Faceless Men of Braavos have been around for a long time as they were possibly established around 400 BC (before conquest) and have been active since time immemorial. In fact, there are various accounts throughout the history of the Seven Kingdoms that people could actually be attributed to the Faceless Men.
For example, back when Aegon the Conqueror was waging war with Dorne, the Dornish people sent an emissary to him in King’s Landing while bringing the head of the dead dragon, Meleys. In most cases, this should be an insult to his authority as king, but Aegon immediately accepted a peace treaty with Dorne after reading the contents of the letter sent to him. No one ever found out what was in that letter, but the rumors say that Dorne was threatening to send a Faceless Man to assassinate the king’s son and heir. As such, even Aegon knew the capabilities of the Faceless Men.
However, there were never any accounts of the Faceless Men becoming active during the Targaryen dynasty. There also weren’t any accounts related to them meddling with the affairs of the Targaryen kings during their reign in Westeros. Of course, there must have been smaller assassinations that happened during the Targaryen dynasty, but none of them ever included big-name characters and personalities that were important to the flow of history.
In that sense, it is highly unlikely that the Faceless Men are going to appear in House of the Dragon, considering that they don’t necessarily accept assassinations for just about any reason. For example, in Game of Thrones, they were not allowed to kill for personal gain or anger, as the assassination jobs they took all had specific purposes.
Still, there is a good chance that the series will try to write the Faceless Men into the storyline, especially if there is a good spot for them. One good example is the death of King Aegon II, who died through poisoning during the final days of the Dance of the Dragons. While Corlys Velaryon and a few other people actually admitted to having a hand in the king’s death, the true assailant was never discovered. As such, considering that the Velaryons do have connections in Braavos, there is a good chance that they hired one of the Faceless Men to kill King Aegon II.
Could Jaqen H’ghar Be On The Show?
Back in the events of Game of Thrones, the one leading the Faceless Men was Jaqen H’ghar, who Arya met as one of the prisoners that were taken from the dungeons of King’s Landing so that they could serve at the Wall as a man of the Night’s Watch. Arya rescued him from the attacks of the Lannisters on Yoren’s camp, as he eventually became indebted to her.
After paying his debt to Arya by helping her escape Harrenhal, he gave her a coin that she used to gain access to a ship on its way to Braavos. That was how she eventually came to the House of Black and White to train as a Faceless Man. Jaqen, of course, handled her training and became an important part of the storyline. But is Jaqen H’ghar going to be in House of the Dragon?
While the Faceless Men do have a somewhat supernatural skill of being able to change their faces and appearances, they are not immortal beings that are capable of living extended lifespans. The events of House of the Dragon take place nearly 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones. As such, not even Jaqen H’ghar could have lived that long.