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This page is about the short. For the deity, see: Many-Faced God

"The Many-Faced God"[3] is the twelfth short of the fifth season of Histories & Lore. It is the eighty-seventh short of the series overall. It was released on March 15, 2016 in Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season. It was narrated by Tom Wlaschiha as Jaqen H'ghar and written by Dave Hill.


The mysterious Jaqen H'ghar narrates the history of the Many-Faced God and those who commit their lives to serving him.[3]


Jaqen H'ghar: A young man walks beside a girl across a flowered field. Spring has come, and this girl is his life. He prays.

A child climbs a tree to watch the sunset over the fields. Summer is ending, and the harvest is life for his village. He prays.

A hunter tracks a boar through the woods. Winter is coming, and this boar is life for his family. He prays.

But to whom do they pray?

The world has as many answers as there are men to answer, but walk far enough, climb high enough, hunt long enough, and a man shall find only one. One god with many faces.

In the Faith of the Seven, He is the Stranger, who guides men from this life to the next. Few seek his favor, or at least few realize that they do.

In the North of Westeros, He is one of the nameless Old Gods, staring out from the weirwood trees and the snow.

In the Iron Islands, He is the Drowned God, calling men down to his watery hall. "What is dead may never die, but rises again harder and stronger."

In the Far East, He is the Lion of Night, who fathered the world's first emperor on the Maiden-Made-of-Light, and whose wrath nearly ended the world.

In Volantis, He is the Lord of Light, whose followers feed men to the flames to beg his favor.

In Lys, He is the Weeping Lady, who sheds her tears for the living soon to die.

In Qohor, He is the Black Goat, and He feeds on blood offerings every day.

On holy days, He is offered condemned criminals, and in times of great crisis, He may even be offered the nobles' children of the city to beg his protection. Does he accept their gift? Well, the city still stands.

For the poor, He is the Hooded Wayfarer. For soldiers, He is Bakkalon, the Pale Child. For sailors, He is the Moon-Pale Maiden and the Merling King.

In the House of Black and White, however, He is all of them, and none of them.

He is the Many-Faced God, and wherever a man turns, there He is. Men come from every corner of the world to know Him, to beg His favor, and seek His gift.

For themselves, if their life has grown too hard, or for others who are making it so. It is all the same to the Many-Faced-God.

"Valar dohaeris," all men must serve Him, beggars and kings. "Valar morghulis," all men must die, good and evil. Men worship as they will, but at the end of every road stands the Many-Faced God, waiting.







Behind the scenes[]

  • This short was animated by artist Hogan McLaughlin. He had made a series of popular pen and ink artistic drawings of the costume fashions in the TV series before this, his signature drawing style is displayed in this short.[5]



  1. HBOWatch Staff (October 7, 2015). Game of Thrones Season 5 Available on Blu-ray, DVD March 15, 2016. HBO Watch. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
  2. Histories & Lore: Season 5, Short 12: "The Many-Faced God" (2016).
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Game of Thrones: The Complete Fifth Season (2016).
  4. Vanessa Cole (July 22, 2017). Game of Thrones writer Dave Hill gives a behind the scenes look at the creative process. Watchers on the Wall. Retrieved December 15, 2023.
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