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Game of Thrones season 6 has been all about the fan-pleasing returns of presumed dead characters in recent weeks. Not only did we get the glorious return of Benjen Stark, riding in and taking out a group of White Walkers to save his nephew Bran, we also got the long-awaited resurrection of The Hound, paving the way for the much-hyped Cleganebowl.

However, it appears that’s simply not enough for the showrunners, who may have very subtly teased the return of another long-lost character: Syrio Forel. For those who can’t remember, Syrio was the Master of Swords hired by Ned Stark to train Arya. He has been presumed dead since season one after a confrontation with Ser Meryn Trant.

“The First Sword of Braavos does not run,” Syrio admirably said at the time. Then he died, we all thought. However, that’s never enough for the constant Thrones speculation machine, who jumped on the hype train when The Hound told Arya in season 4 that “any boy whore with a sword could beat three Meryn Trants.”

Now, Syrio Forel may have appeared in the latest episode, mysteriously silhouetted and stalking the Waif before she stabbed Arya.

The Game of Thrones silhouette that has everyone thinking Syrio Forel’s return is upon us

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The silhouetted figure does seem to bear an uncanny resemblance to the Master of Swords:

Game of Thrones silhouette

Further to that, the curly-haired man who was previously spotted on the season 6 set with Arya and Waif adds more fuel to the fire.

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With Syrio Forel return hype having even surpassed the immense speculation over the potential return of Lady Stoneheart, the actor, Miltos Yerolemou even responded to it on Twitter:

Game of Thrones silhouette

Also, Yerolemou gave a rather fumbling response when he recently appeared on the UK Thrones aftershow, Thronecast, when asked about his character’s relationship with the House of Black and White.

Question: “Syrio Forel has a strong relationship with the House of Black and White, doesn’t he?”

His response: “Well! Yeah … Well, no. Uh … No! Nah, I don’t know! … With Braavos, yes.” Hmmmm, did he slip up? We believe he may have.

How the hell does it make sense?

A long-held fan theory purports that Syrio is actually Jaqen H’ghar, which hinges on the fact that we never actually saw the Sword die at the hands of Trant.

German actor Tom Wlaschiha, who portrays the mysterious Jaqen, interestingly said this back in season 2, when his character debuted: “It’s all part of a bigger plan. We still don’t know who Jaqen is and why he showed up in the story in the first place. It was never explained why he ended up in the black cells in King’s Landing and then went on that journey. It wasn’t a coincidence. It was all part of a bigger plan.”

Also, note this quote from Cersei in A Clash of Kings book: “I sent Meryn Trant to take her {Arya} in hand when Robert died, but her wretched dancing master interfered and the girl fled.” She says nothing to imply the actual death of the ‘dancing master.’

Call us crazy, say we’re clutching at straws all you want – we don’t care, we’re fully aboard this HYPE TRAIN.

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