A new Game of Thronestheory may have explained one of the biggest mistery in the fantasy saga created by George R.R. Martin: why Jaqen H'ghar was in Westeros? What was his mission? Who hired him?

Jaqen in Westeros:an important premise

As we already explained more than once, the real Jaqen H'ghar - the man Arya meets in Westeros - is not the man who trained her in the House of Black and White in Braavos. The man in Braavos is just a Faceless man with Jaqen's face (in the books is described as an old, kind man).

In the books the real "Jaqen" with his second face - the face Arya saw before his vanishment (dark hair, long nose) - appears again at the Citadel, where he kills a novice and stole a key which opens all the Citadel's doors.

Why Jaqen was in Westeros? (Spoilers from TWOW)

The brilliant Youtuber Alt Shift X may have solved the mistery of Jaqen's presence in Westeros. According to thetheory presented in the "What’s up with Jaqen H’ghar and the Faceless Men?" video, he was there to kill someone important.

He was there to kill Balon Greyjoy.

Be careful: spoilers on the "Forsaken" chapter from The Winds of Winter will follow! In the Forsaken chapter from TWOW released a few months ago, Euron Greyjoy told his brother Aeron that he ordered the murder of Balon, but he wasn't the one who pushed him down the bridge. As Alt Shift X pointed out, there is a very important clue on who was the killer in that chapter.

In Storm of Swords a wood witch known as the Ghost of High Hearts says: "I dreamt of a man without a face, waiting on a bridge that swayed and swung. On his shoulder perched a drowned crow with seaweed hanging from his wings".

The man without face is Jaqen and the drowned crow is Euron "Crow's Eye" Greyjoy, who ordered the murder of King Balon.

How Euron paid the Faceless Men?

The price for a Faceless Men's assassination is extremely high and proportionate to the target's importance.

Balon's killing should have cost a fortune, but that is not a problem for the mighty and cruel Euron, who sailed across all the Known World and recovered many valuable items from the ruins of Valyria. Euron claims to have found a dragon egg once, an egg he couldn't hatch, that he threw in the sea. But nobody is so stupid to throw such an incredibly valuable item in the sea.

Euron may have used the egg to pay the Faceless Men. He also owns an amazing suite of Valyrian steel armor that even before the Doom of Valyria "would've cost a kingdom", so we think it's safe to say that Euron could really have hired Jaqen to do something incredibly important for him.

Jaqen is still working for Euron?

In the books Jaqen reappears at the Citadel and meets Samwell Tarly. According to many fans, he's probably there to steal a book. In A Dance with Dragons Tyrion mentions a "blood-soaked tome sometimes called Blood and Fire and sometimes The Death of Dragons, the only surviving copy of which was supposedly hidden away in a locked vault beneath the Citadel". Is Jaqen at the Citadel to steal a book thatcan give Euron an advantage against Daenerys?

A final note

We cannot be 100% sure that Jaqen killed Balon and is now working for Euron, but, in our opinion, this is by far the best theory ever made about his mysterious presence in Westeros.

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