Swordmaster Syrio Forel is like the Game of Thrones version of that unstoppable Russian gangster on The Sopranos — a memorable, fan-favorite character who vanished from sight, leaving viewers to wonder for years about his fate (and speculate that he might someday return).
Now Arya herself has gotten to the bottom of the mystery.
In an interview with IGN, Thrones star Maisie Williams noted she always assumed her season 1 “dancing instructor” (played by Miltos Yerolemou) had somehow survived his pending face-off with those murderous Lannister guards he heroically fought — thereby allowing her to escape. She also speculated, like many fans, that Forel and Faceless Man Jaqen H’ghar might actually be the same person (they’re both from Braavos, after all).
Then Williams asked Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who told her definitively, “No, he is dead.”
“So that put that to bed really quickly,” Williams said “But I guess we can all still dream.”
As least Arya got some vengeance for Syrio when she killed Lannister guard leader Meryn Trant at a brothel in Braavos. Plus, Forel gave us one of the best quotes in the show’s history: “There is only one god and his name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: Not today.”
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on April 24.