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  • Hey youtubers, it's Charlie.

  • So new episode of Game of Thrones tonight, and I thought we talk about someone who's

  • notably absent from the first episode: Arya, who is on her way to Bravos the last time we saw her

  • This is mostly going to be about the Faceless Men in the house a black-and-white the

  • place that Arya going to. The place that she's using Jaqen H'ghar's coin to get to

  • just careful for spoilers on everything that's happened on the show so far

  • right now our point of entry to the Faceless Men is Jaqen H'ghar

  • someone we haven't seen a long time. Arya Stark spent most of season 3

  • and season 4 massaging that coin that he gave her, the Braavosi coin

  • his instructions to her were that she could give that coin to any Braavosi captain

  • and it would secure her passage to Braavos if she wanted

  • not of a whole lot of explaining beyond that but it's a really big deal

  • which is why when she gave the coin to the captain at the end a season 4 he pooped

  • his pants a little bit

  • for the most part you can think of the Faceless Men as a quasi religious order

  • of assassins that's headquartered in Braavos. Their home base is the house of black white

  • which is a temple of worship

  • so they serve a lot of functions beyond just killing people

  • like all religious orders they do worship a god: the Many Faced God

  • but inside the temple of black and white there are altars

  • to many many many gods. It's a nice twist on the idea of the Many Faced God

  • but the Many Faced God is a single deity with many different aspects

  • a lot of people think that the Many Faced God is also the stranger

  • one of the Andals seven gods. George RR Martin hasn't confirmed or denied this

  • so it's still open to speculation

  • the reason why the Faceless Men are so cool is because they

  • you know, for all intents and purposes are the best assassins in the world the

  • most highly trained assassins

  • they're also the most expensive. If you remember way back in season one

  • during the small council meeting they're trying to figure out what to do with

  • Daenerys Targaryen

  • when they first heard that she was marrying Khal Drogo someone tossed out

  • that they should just hire a Faceless Man to take care of her

  • but they decided that it was way too expensive. Way too expensive for Robert Baratheon

  • he's obviously in a lot of debt so in order to hire a Faceless Man

  • you have to be incredibly rich. That's why any time a Faceless Man pops up in the books

  • you know, people always wonder if one of the lords of Westeros or

  • like the Martells or the Iron Bank of Braavos hired them

  • just because there are only a handful of people that could legitimately afford them

  • the takeaway is that if there's

  • an assassination plot going on somewhere in the world there's probably someone

  • incredibly rich behind it. They don't just kill people on whim, they have very specific rules

  • it's unclear how the show is going to change this. Typically whenever the show does

  • like a really big group from the books it simplifies things

  • so they might just hit a really big signpost. The Faceless Man actually have a

  • really interesting history that go

  • way back to the time of the Valyrians they actually they started out

  • in the Valyrian slave mines. I know a lot of people theorized that the Valyrian doom

  • is tied to over mining in the Valyrian Peninsula

  • a big part of the Valyrians MO is that they converted conquered peoples

  • into slave workers to work in their mines

  • the volcanoes that eventually went nuclear around Valyria were just really

  • rich in minerals

  • so in the slave mines you had people speaking all kinds of different languages

  • because the

  • the Valyrians had conquered so many different lands. As really put upon slaves or want

  • to do they prayed for deliverance from death

  • from each of their gods they worshipped. Other slaves heard these whispers to all these

  • different gods and decided

  • all these different slaves were praying to the same god. That became the basis of

  • the Many Faced God

  • so what you have is, you know, many gods many faces becoming one God

  • with many faces, many aspects. The slaves essentially started

  • giving gifts of mercy or deliverance

  • to people that ask for it. The Faceless Men's gift of mercy is essentially the

  • gift of death, the gift of deliverance from the burden of life

  • you can think of is as assisted suicide so the Faceless Men don't kill with

  • malice

  • they kill to help people. So now you have an idea of why Jaqen H'ghar is so zen

  • about killing all those people at Harrenhal for Arya

  • the circumstances for those events were slightly different. He was paying a

  • debt to Arya

  • like I said they do work as mercenaries so you can pay them

  • and name someone to be killed. After the doom in Valyria though they establish

  • themselves as a proper order in Braavos

  • and created the temple of black and white I did do a video about about the map of

  • Braavos and where

  • you know big locations were inside the city. So I might do an update of that

  • just because that video is

  • super old. Technically inside their order Faceless Man

  • is just one of many functions so not all people

  • that work inside the temple of black and white that joined their order

  • become Faceless Men. And there are also women too so, you know, tetechnically you would be a

  • Faceless Woman in that case

  • I'm expecting the show to cut out

  • a bunch of stuff so don't worry whenever we see them I'll explain some of the changes they

  • made from the books

  • I know a lot of people are wondering how Jaqen H'ghar changed his face

  • you can think of it as more of a technique than magic

  • like glamouring. Just to make the distinction between the two

  • you know, in both cases you're changing your appearance but glamouring is full on

  • magic like you change your entire

  • appearance. Faceless Men just change their faces but they can change their facial

  • structure too

  • so one is magic the other is just a practical technique

  • but it does involve using someone else's face

  • as in like a mask. Sometimes when people die

  • especially at their temple they'll take their faces they'll take the dead people's

  • faces

  • so that they can use them later as disguises what I'm hoping is that we'll get to see

  • them do this

  • on the show. I know it sounds like a really gruesome practice but it's actually

  • pretty cool

  • inside the house of black and white there is a series a sub levels you know with

  • specific functions being performed on each. There are a number of different people you

  • might bump into inside the house of black and white. You have priests, acolytes

  • Faceless Men and then you have people who come to worship

  • or people who come to die. A lot people come to the Faceless Men to receive the

  • gift of death

  • the temple of black and white though is most famous for its Faceless Men

  • and, you know, depending on who the target is

  • their price goes up although, you know, there's always the question as to what they do

  • with the money that they earn

  • the interesting thing though is that there is no target that is too big

  • you can ask them to kill anyone as long as you can meet their price

  • so for instance if you ask them to kill just like a street thug they might not

  • charge you a lot of money

  • but if you wanted them to kill Daenerys Targaryen they would probably charge you

  • enough to buy a small kingdom. Everybody knows about the two big Valyrians

  • sayings on the show

  • Valar Morghulis: "all men must die" and Valar Dohaeris:

  • "all men must serve". I actually I think you know the Faceless Men

  • is somewhat of a combination of that like the idea behind them. All men

  • must serve death. Arya is on this really interesting path

  • we see her recite her prayer all the time she keeps adding names to the list so

  • the tease is that hopefully at some point she will gain the skills

  • of the Faceless Men and take revenge on all these people but

  • revenge isn't part of the Faceless Men MO so it's a bit of a paradox

  • if she becomes a Faceless Man she won't be able to get revenge on these people

  • unless someone else hires her to kill them Jaqen H'ghar for instance

  • in the previous seasons he doesn't just go around killing whoever he wants

  • he has very specific targets that are given to him. He gets sent on missions just

  • like any other mercenary

  • so the really big question for Arya is if she's going to be able to let go

  • of her desire for revenge to become this new person that she's trying to be

  • this new faceless person

  • that's actually good jumping-off point, so here's my big question for you guys: do you

  • think that Arya if she wants to become a faceless person

  • is going to be able to put aside her desire to kill

  • all these people back in Westeros ultimately, you know, thinking forward to like books 6, 7

  • you know, whatever beyond that, I don't think she's going to be able to do it.

  • A good sidestep is Jon Snow and his vows to the Night's Watch

  • thinking about all the things that he did when he was on the side mission in

  • season 3

  • when he was trying to infiltrate the wildlings. He broke a lot of his vows

  • even though it was for a good reason

  • I think the same thing is gonna happen Arya. She's gonna end up breaking

  • whatever vows she ends up making whatever new vow she makes

  • in the name of justice. That's one of the most fun things to watch in the show

  • is this like, you know, can these characters especially the younger characters

  • commit to really elaborate plans and set aside, you know, the things that they

  • really want

  • so everybody get really pumped to see Braavos tonight and don't forget: new

  • round of the giveaway starts whenever I post my episode two review

  • I'll post that after the episode airs. Be sure to subscribe to get it if you are just

  • finding me for the first time

  • just in case you guys are confused too I name the giveaway winners in my Q&A

  • videos that I post on Monday night

  • so while you guys wait for all that stuff to post you can click here for my episode 1 video

  • and you can click here to learn all

  • about the Sons of the Harpy, that group inside Meereen. Thank you so much for

  • watching. Everybody, let's high five! I'll see you guys tonight

Hey youtubers, it's Charlie.

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