Game Of Thrones: Tom Wlaschiha - Get To Know The Actor Behind Jaqen H'ghar
Tom Wlaschiha as Jaqen H'ghar in 'Game of Thrones' Season 2 (left), and at a Sky Atlantic launch event in Germany in May 2012 (right) -- HBO/Helen Sloan/Getty Images
With those white-streaked red locks -- and that penchant for speaking in the third person -- Jaqen H'ghar has stood out as one of the most unique characters in "Game of Thrones" Season 2.
And playing the fascinating assassin in Arya Stark's life has prompted an unusual reaction from German actor Tom Wlaschiha's friends - compliments in Jaqen speak.
"I laughed," Tom told AccessHollywood.com of seeing compliments like, "A man did a great job in that episode." "I had a lot of emails and a lot of comments on Facebook [from] people talking to me in the third person."
It's a fine reaction that indicates the impact of the character who first entered the series caged in mystery, and a testament to the German's talents. Throughout the season, he's brought a subtlety to a role that -- in the wrong person's hands -- could have ended up over the top.
"I tried to do as little as possible, because I was kind of aware of the dangers in portraying a character who has a weird way of talking, and who looks kind of weird and who has magical abilities," Tom told Access of what went into nailing the part. "I kind of thought, if I overdo it, then it'd be too much... so I just tried to downplay it and kind of think the things that I'm saying.
"I had no idea how it would turn out... I tried to play with Maisie [Williams, who plays Arya] and fortunately that's worked out really well and I'm really happy with the reactions I've been getting," he added.
As fans of George R.R. Martin's books know, the "GOT" Season 2 finale is titled "Valar Morghulis," a catchphrase of sorts from Jaqen. Despite Arya, Gendry and Hot Pie exiting Harrenhal in Episode 8, Tom's mysterious character returns in Sunday's highly-anticipated closer.
"Jaqen, obviously, [is] in the final episode and has a few magic tricks," Tom hinted.
"I think Jaqen's got kind of attached to Arya and he knew from the beginning that she'd be a good candidate to be taught by him, so he offers to be her teacher," he added, careful not to spoil Sunday's twists and turns.
Just as Jaqen got attached to Arya, loyal "GOT" fans have grown attached to Tom thanks to his work throughout the season.
Following Sunday's episode, Tom has a role, racing it out in Ron Howard's 2013-due "Rush," alongside Chris Hemsworth.
His 2011 film, "Resistance," is also continuing to cross the globe, hitting the Munich Film Festival next month.
It's an exciting time for the actor, although his path to Hollywood wasn't a linear course. Tom's early life was spent in Dohna, near Dresden, in then East Germany, behind the Wall.
"Sometimes it still seems unreal just to board a plane and fly to America, because that's something that I'd always dreamed of, but I was completely sure would never happen, and sometimes, when I think about that, it still feels a bit unreal," he said.