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Your 9th Favorite Character Is Coming Back to Game of Thrones

Tom Wlaschiha in Game of Thrones.Photo: HBO

By  and published in Vulture

(Warning: Minor Game of Thrones spoilers within.) According to savvy spotters at Watchers on the Wall, German actor Tom Wlaschiha, who played mysterious assassin Jaqen H’ghar in Thrones‘ second season, will appear in at least one episode of season five. On many shows, it would be easy to assume that a returning actor will come back in the same role, but since Jaqen was a magical face-shifter last seen doing this, it’s unclear whether that’s the case with Wlaschiha. Some book fans have speculated about Jaqen’s possible return to the narrative, while others suspect Wlaschiha will be playing an altered version of another one of Arya Stark’s mentors. Either way, the next season of GOT just got slightly hunkier.

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Faceless Man Tom Wlaschiha

Photo: Gisela Schober/Getty Images

By Jennifer Vineyard of Vulture

Spoilers ahead for the most recent episode of Game of Thrones.

When Arya crossed the Narrow Sea, she hoped to find her old assassin pal Jaqen H’ghar, he who gave her an iron coin and the magic words for a passage to Braavos. But knocking on the House of Black and White’s doors got her nowhere. (“No one here by that name,” she’s told.) Now we know that Jaqen was just messing with her — or was he? “A man is not Jaqen H’ghar,” he tells her, after swapping his previous face for the one we recognize. Actor Tom Wlaschiha chatted with Vulture about his not-so-secret return, whom Arya should have killed in season two, and what he thinks about that master-swordfighter Syrio Forel theory.

What was it like coming back to the show after all these years away?
It’s amazing! I hadn’t expected it. I mean, I always had a little bit of hope, but I didn’t know. I read the books — the first two books at least — and I started to read some fan theories, and then it got too complicated too quickly. But even though it’s a big change [from the books], the story isn’t going to change. Jaqen is going to be a teacher to Arya, and he’s obviously always had some secret. He’s a bit of a magician, and there’s some stuff that he does that Arya can’t quite grasp in the beginning. So we will see some nice little surprises.

What can you tell us about fan theories, such as the one about Jaqen H’ghar and Syrio Forel, Arya’s former teacher, being the same person?
I haven’t been online researching the theories lately, but three years ago, when I was first on the show, I did. But then you spend hours and hours on the internet, and there’s no end to it! [Laughs.] You want to know if I believe Jaqen is Syrio? I have no idea! I don’t think so, but I couldn’t give you any good reasons why not. They both certainly have a different function in the story for Arya. They both teach her important things, over a certain period of time. I think it would be too easy. I don’t think they’re the same. But who knows? Syrio’s face could be underneath Jaqen’s face. We don’t know. Jaqen is no one.

So in your mind, who is Jaqen H’ghar? And what does it mean to be “no one,” then?
That’s a very interesting question, because we don’t know who or what he is. Jaqen H’ghar has my face, and this is also something we’re finding out this season, he’s trying to teach Arya to become “no one.” So it’s basically, [laughs] we don’t know who or what is behind my face, or the other faces that the Faceless Men can put on. He has motives that he doesn’t always show. With Arya, he wants something of her, but he doesn’t tell her what that is, and she has to figure it out. But the ultimate question — who is Jaqen? — has yet to answered.

And what does it mean to be no one? I don’t know. [Laughs.] To me, in a practical sense, it is like Jaqen is saying to Arya, “Become the perfect actor.” To leave her identity behind. For her to be able to take on a whole different persona, and not be recognizable, in order to get ahead with what she wants. That’s what actors try to do.

When you last worked with Maisie Williams, she was a child …
It’s a real pleasure acting with her.  When I walked into the green room on our very first day, Maisie was sitting there playing my favorite game at the time on her phone, and we then had an ongoing competition all season long. Thankfully, we were called to set once in a while, otherwise we’d probably still be sitting there, trying to beat each other’s records! But she’s an absolute pro, three years ago as much as now. It’s really amazing how she pulls it off. It’s really hard to find someone that age who can move so comfortably in front of a camera, and it seems so easy for her. I would have been shell-shocked in front of a camera when I was her age. The gift her role gives her is that it allows her to grow with it. Arya learns a lot this season, but she also makes conscious choices, when three years ago, she was all impulsive. She could have ended the series right there by naming the right three names for Jaqen to kill!

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What would have been the right three names? Who would you have suggested?
I think HBO would have been very unhappy if she picked the right names! The show would have ended right there.  [Laughs.] Back in season two, to start with, she could have named Tywin. She could have named Joffrey. And Cersei, for instance. Killing the Lannisters would have turned the story in a whole different direction! But me, I’m very peaceful. I don’t think murder is the right means of getting what you want. It always catches up with you, one way or the other.

Well, you look peaceful. Your new costume makes you look like Jesus.
And talk like Jesus sometimes! The only thing I haven’t done is walk on water, but who knows? My Roman sandals need to be featured at some point.

 

This article was originally published in Vulture.

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Inside Series 5E1

I love hearing what was going through the minds of the creators of the Game of Thrones tv series. It adds depth to my GOT experience, as does reading the books. What can I say, it’s a passion/obsession, lol.

Don’t you think that the flashback of young Cersei explains a lot? And doesn’t the girl who plays young Cersei do a good job!

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How Many Seasons of GOT Will We Be Treated With?

Well, who knows? Apparently not even George R.R. Martin! “I don’t know. No one knows.”

According to the big guy himself, in his blog, while there might be up to ten series, HBO is planning for 7.

“I do know that David & Dan have stated in interviews that they see the show winding up in seven seasons. People send me emails about that every time I say “I don’t know” in response to the question, as if I were somehow unaware of what D&D have said. I’m not.

I also know that HBO wants the series to run longer than that. I have known that since the very beginning… well, actually, since the day after the second episode of season one aired, when I had lunch with one of HBO’s top execs, who told me, “We want this to run ten years.” I allowed that ten years sounded fine to me. I continue to hear similar sentiments from HBO every time I have meeting with them, be it in LA or New York. “

By contract, HBO has only thus far committed to 6 seasons. Television and film, being the industries they are, have funny things happen, so whether we will have Game of Thrones gracing our screens longer than that is pure speculation but I, for one, am waiting for the next two guaranteed seasons with baited breath.

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New Look for Maisie Williams’ Arya

Gone is the tom-boy lookalike Arya of the previous seasons. In Game of Thrones, season 5, Arya ditches the muddy brown tunic and short locks for a more feminine garb. Now that she’s in Braavos, and not relying on being incognito for her very life, you will hardly believe your eyes.

Actress Maisie Williams told Entertainment Weekly she loves her new, more feminine look. “It’s very neutral, very plain, but clean! I have clean hair that actually moves,” Williams says. “I came onto the set and nobody recognized me.”

This week, Entertainment Weekly has four Game of Thrones covers for you collect, including Maisie Williams (Arya), Emilia Clarke (Daenarys), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion). You can check them out, along with teasers about where the storyline is heading. (Hint, characters will meet for the first time, and those of us who have read the books are no longer guaranteed to know everything!!)

Image Credit: MARC HOM for EW

Image Credit: MARC HOM for EW

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Season 4 Bloopers from Westeros

Erin Whitney from the Huffington Post reported (on the 25th August, 2014):

 

For all its seriousness and nerve-wracking intensity, no television show was more in need of a blooper reel than “Game of Thrones.” Thankfully, HBO presented the very first one during the show’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.

From Oberyn almost setting himself on fire to a White Walker falling off his horse to Tyrion and Jamie singing at his trial, these “Game of Thrones” bloopers are pretty much the best thing ever. Prepare to feel incredibly sad that we won’t see them all again until next year. For the time being, at least we have the new Season 5 cast members to look forward to!

 

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Behind the Scenes of Game of Thrones, Season 4

With Season 5 tantalizingly close to premiering, let’s take a look back at what happened behind the scenes in series 4.

Begin Dany’s journey again when she sees the horrors associated with Nareen at 1 min 6 secs.

Meet Oberyn Martell who added delightful color to the series before he was doomed to have his head popped :/

Let us not forget our introduction to Ramsay Snow, another who we all loved to hate!

At 5 mins 34 secs we become reaquainted with one of my favourites, Olenna Tyrell. She’s a spunky old broad!

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