When a show has as extensive of a cast of characters as HBO's Game of Thrones, it's impossible to keep up with all of them all the time. And, some of the characters who disappear are, indeed, audience favorites. Like Arya's sword instructor from Season 1, Syrio Forel. It looks like it might be possible that we will see the, presumed dead, character again. Take a look at this photo from Sunday's episode, titled "No One."
I know what you're thinking: That's just a photo of that damn dirty Waif who tried to kill Arya for shirking her duties and trying to leave The House of Black and White. Well, that's true, but not entirely so. Check out the background. That's an awfully imposing shadow behind the Waif, right? Is it just a random passerby, or is there something more going on here? As with a lot of things Game of Thrones related, the people of the internet think something bigger is happening. A lot of people think that the Waif's shadow is actually Syrio, who is, apparently, not really dead, and has been tailing Arya for a few years now. Need some more evidence? Look at this tweet that was posted on the Game of Photos Twitter page:
Ok, we could easily say that someone is pretty desperate for Syrio to show up on Game of Thrones again, but...But, let's be honest here, this does look a lot like the guy. As the tweet points out, the collar bulge and shoulder pads do look awful familiar. Of course, it's not impossible that someone else is wearing clothes similar to those Syrio was wearing when we last saw him. When you combine that with the curly hair, though, it becomes somewhat more likely.
So, are Syrio fans reading too much into this? As with any theory about this twisty show where people can literally return from the dead, the fans who are proponents of this theory might be making an amusing mountain out of this molehill. After all, it wasn't but a few weeks ago that Maisie Williams let us all know that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss told her that Syrio was absolutely dead. But, we never actually saw the man die, and we certainly never saw his lifeless body in a pool of his own blood.
Let's think, though, about Syrio. He's from Braavos and worships the Many-Faced God. It wouldn't be beyond the realm of reasoning, then, that Syrio really did die, his body was taken to The House of Black and White, and his face has been used to aid the Faceless Men in their assassination efforts. Meaning that this sort-of-Syrio person could be anyone. (Jaqen!)
Well, whatever your thoughts about this theory, we can all see how it turns out for ourselves when Game of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO.