All Men Must Die: Examining The Faceless Men’s Place In ‘Game Of Thrones’

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09.11.15 11 Comments


While Game of Thrones may be one of the most complex and elaborate shows on television right now, the amount of subplots included pale in comparison to what’s going on in George RR Martin’s books. But even if you’ve read through A Song of Ice and Fire, there’s a lot you may have missed out on. Martin has littered his world’s history with secret plots and intrigue for those who take the time to research carefully and connect the dots.

There are several large communities on the internet devoted to digging through the mythology in an attempt to figure out what is in store for Westeros, and now we’re going to take a look at some of the most interesting theories presented by amateur Game of Thrones scholars, starting with the Faceless Men and their not-so-secret mission to give the gift of death to all living creatures.

The Faceless Men

What do we know for sure about the Faceless Men? They’re a death cult based in Braavos that worships the Many-Faced God, a god of death. They believe that death is the ultimate gift one can give, and are renowned across the land as unstoppable assassins who will kill anyone for the right price. That price, though, is always extremely high and only gets more expensive with the importance of the person being killed.

The history of the Faceless Men begins in the volcanic slave mines of Valyria, where life was so terrible many slaves prayed for death. From across the world these slaves came and they all prayed to different gods in different languages … but they always prayed for death. A man — the first Faceless Man — heard these prayers and concluded that they were all praying to the same god — a god with a hundred different faces, whose greatest gift was an escape from life into death. It was here that the Faceless Men began giving that gift to people — first the slaves of Valyria but eventually to the Masters as well.

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