Game of Thrones as Myth: Jaqen H’ghar as the Archetypal Shapeshifter

We explore how Game of Thrones characters are rooted in myth and legend. This week: Jaqen Hghar, a mysterious shapeshifter with murky motivations.
What is an archetype? In fantasy and myth, certain types of characters constantly reappear: stalwart Heroes, odd Mentors offering talismans, Threshold Guardians and their tests, and more. In this series, we take a fast and fun look at Game of Thrones characters and what traditional archetypes they fall into. This time: Jaqen H’ghar.

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