In “Game of Thrones,” What is the Motivation Behind the Faceless Men and the Many-Faced God?


In Game of Thrones (2011), The Faceless Men are a group of assassins in Braavos. They were founded upon the principle that people in the most destitute of situations, like the slaves of Valyria, all pray for death, despite the fact different groups believe in different deities. The concept of the Many-Faced God was established to represent all incarnations of death as a deity.

The Faceless Men give the gift of death to anyone in the world for a price, viewing the assassination as a sacrifice to the Many-Faced God. People also may come to the guild’s temple to drink from a cup that offers a quick and painless death. The guild members do not murder anyone unless hired to or asked to, as they do not feel they are worthy of deciding who deserves the gift of death.