The One ‘Game of Thrones’ Character Who’s Primed for a Comeback

We hate to err on the side of glass-half-empty, but there are only three episodes left of Game of Thrones. And since we’re halfway done with the hit HBO show’s final season, we can’t help but hope GoT powers that be, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, will clear a couple of things up for us before we say our goodbyes. Christopher Williams, English, History and a Game of Thrones tutor (yep, that’s a thing) for Varsity Tutors, feels the same way.

Williams chatted with PureWow about all things Game of Thrones and said he anticipates they’ll close up some plot holes from season one that “need to be explained.” Which plot hole specifically? Oh, it revolves around a man named Syrio Forel. Remember him?

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As a quick refresher, Ned Stark (Sean Bean) hired Syrio (Miltos Yerolemou) to teach Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) how to use a sword properly in season one. (My how things have changed.) Syrio trained Arya in the Braavosi art of the Water Dance, although as far as Sansa (Sophie Turner) knew, he was Arya’s dance teacher. When Ned Stark was arrested for treason and Lannister guards came to take Arya away, Syrio fought them off and told her to run away while he dueled with Meryn Trants.

We never saw what happened to him, but in season four, Arya told the Hound (Rory McCann) that she believed Syrio to be dead. In season five, she avenged his death and killed Meryn Trant at a brothel. The thing is, we never got confirmation that Syrio is dead.

So when Melisandre (Carice van Houten) asked Arya what we say to death (Answer: “Not today”) in season eight, episode three,  it felt like foreshadowing of Syrio’s return. He did, afterall, say that exact thing to Arya back in the day. That was the clue that tipped Williams off, too.

“So the instructor [Syrio Forel] was never really seen in the series or in the books as dying. He just ran away, and we assumed he was dead. I think he may come back and I also think he might be the Man with No Face,” Williams explained.

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He isn’t alone in thinking this. The internet has been abuzz with theories about Syrio being the Man with No Face, Jaquen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha), for some time. They’re both master swordsmiths trained in Braavos who say “Just so” a lot. Jaquen even figured out Arry was actually Arya Stark. Since Jaquen could assume the identity of anyone, it’s very much possible he’s actually Syrio.

As the series comes to a close, it’d be only fitting that the men (man?) who taught Arya much of what she knows would come to congratulate her on defeating the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) and, hopefully, Cersei (Lena Headey).

Now we wait…


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