Warning: possible spoilers for "Game of Thrones" ahead.
I'm throwing out all journalistic objectivity right now, because there's a rumor out there that would make this "Game of Thrones" fan happier than Ramsay Bolton when he's flaying somebody. And while I don't necessarily believe this rumor -- there's not much to go on -- it would bring a radiant sunshiny ray of joy to a land of torture and death.
I'm kind of afraid to type it for fear of jinxing it, but here goes: Reddit user b_walker08 noticed a new HBO photo shows a certain curly-haired silhouette just behind Arya's nemesis The Waif (whom some people believe is really Arya).
And the silhouette looks eerily like Arya's long given-up-for-dead fencing teacher, Syrio Florel, last seen saving Arya's life by fending off Meryn Trant with a broken wooden sword.
The Reddit thread dives deep into how this could have happened and what Syrio's role could be, with one user acknowledging the theory's unlikeliness. "That would be incredible to release a spoiler so huge in the pre-show image dump," rorcorps writes. "It totally does look like him though."
Maybe. Maybe not. Maybe George R.R. Martin and HBO are messing with us. But for now, because I love Syrio and the unfairness of his presumed death has always grated on me, I am choosing hope. Especially because a Twitter user named Stacey Shepard tweeted at Miltos Yerolemou, the Greek actor who plays Syrio, and his emoji response left room for interpretation.
Syrio won fans' hearts not only by saving Arya's life in what appeared to be a suicidal sacrifice, but with his oh-so-quotable dialogue.
"The First Sword of Braavos does not run," he informs Arya when she begs him to save himself. And with perhaps his most memorable line, he tells her, "There is only one God, and His name is Death. And there is only one thing we say to Death: 'Not today.'"
And there is only one thing we say to HBO: "MAKE THIS HAPPEN."