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New interviews with Miltos Yerolemou

Miltos Yerolemou attended the recent London Comic Con and was interviewed by both Flicks and the City and Red Carpet News. He talks about playing Syrio Forel, his experience filming Game of Thrones, the books and gives his theory about Syrio’s fate.

Winter Is Coming: Miltos is one of the coolest cast members. I love that he is still out there, interacting with fans and giving out interviews. You can tell he really took the role and the show to heart. I hope Syrio isn’t dead, because I want to see Miltos on screen again. What do you think? Is Syrio gone for good or will he return at some point?

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  • First!! Yesss!!!

    Feast on my firstness!!

    But yes, I hope that Syrio returns at some point but i’m not sure :(

  • I’d love to think that he got away, but since “The first sword of Braavos does not run” and we know the Kingsguard member sent to fetch him survived, it doesn’t look good.

  • Much as I love Miltos and Syrio, I don’t think I’d like to see them return. It would just be too much of a stretch. After all, the Syrio/Jaqen theory is dead in the water and there is no way for it to happen that wouldn’t sound ridiculously far-fetched. Besides, this isn’t the kind of story where that kind of thing happens.

  • Pepi,

    But if that’s the case, then he’s responsible for the worst of the beatings Sansa goes through. I’d rather him just be dead.

  • I dunno. It seems a bit silly to be doing interviews when he wasn’t even in the last season. How long will this continue?

  • Why can’t they dress Dany like this!

    I’m sorry fellow Throners but until D&D start making Emilia wear see-through gowns that silhouette her curves and girl parts, the mother of dragons got nothing on Cleopatra… I hope this year they give Dany more sex appeal.

    Check out this video on YouTube:http://youtu.be/EtGEToHoFWc

  • Arthur,

    And if you think about it, Dany is the Cleopatra of ASOIAF… Young queen settled in a foreign place who’s beauty is legendary. So if Dany is this series Cleopatra, D&D should start making her less boot stomping and insecure and more sexual and calculating…

  • The most far out theory about Syrio that I have heard, and added if he is alive that I most likes is that he is Jaqen H’ghar and Syrio was just one of his many faces.

  • Arthur,

    Looking at all the new eye candy we are getting for season 3 (Missandei, Roslin, Val, Myrelle) it seems a bit greedy to ask D@D for a more sexual Dany.

  • Aegon the Conqueror,

    That’s true I am very greedy. No debate there. I just think since GRRM insists throughout the books to tell us how legend of her beauty travels through the land, like that of Cleopatras, we see less little temper tantrum girl Dany, and more of a sexually scheming for power Dany. Know what I mean?

  • What if he was thrown in the black cells instead of being killed? And what is he is a faceless man? Then when Yoren comes to pilfer the dungeons he would be a high-risk dangerous prisoner and would have to be kept in a cage. Syrio = Jaqen H’gar ???

  • This may come off as a radical opinion but to me Jaqen, The Kindly Man & Syrio Forel are all separate characters from Braavos that leave an impact on Arya Stark’s maturing personality.

  • I love the idea of Syrio and Jaqen being the same person but I don’t think it’s very likely to happen that way.

  • Jack,

    Yeh, but if that IS the case, he’s not Syrio indeed. He’s just a FM on a mission and the moment he took on Trant’s face, he became Trant (even if only temporarly). The only thing that bugs me (as far as this theory is concerned), why’s he lingering for so long in KL. If he was supposed to kill somebody, why didn’t he? Perhaps he was sent to kill a king and he still isn’t sure which one. :P

  • Arthur,

    There’s a theory on the IMDB forum page that Emilia Clarke signed a new contract after season one which forbides sexual stuff.

  • Al Swearengen,

    Well that’s fine. I am not implying that D&D treat her like a piece of meat and parade her around the set naked. I’m just asking for them to dress her erotically and have her act a little more seductively.

  • Arthur,

    Why? I don’t think she particularly behaves that way in the books. I don’t think a Cleopatra like Dany is in keeping with her character at all. Yes she is beautiful and she could wield that kind of power if she wanted to but (using sex to connect with Drogo aside) she’s not a natural schemer and doesn’t use seduction unlike, for example, Cersei.

  • Beyond the Wall,

    I agree, she doesn’t “try” to be seductive but I bet you she just cant help it and is. I just think Emilia is beautiful and Dany is suppose to be like jaw dropping beautiful. If I were D&D I would take advantage of Emilia’s beauty and highlight it with seductive and erotic cloth (like Cleo was wearing in that scene I linked).

    It is time for Dany to mature from a little girl lost and seeking direction to the leader of her people she becomes in book 3. Lets see a more confident and sexual Dany. Confident in herself and her decisions and dressing and using her beauty in a more bold fashion. That’s how I pictured her in the books. Not necessarily being seductive on purpose, just not being scared to be herself and confident in herself both internally and externally.

    Both Dany and Jon in season 2 and book 2 were weak characters, IMHO. In book 3 they both do a 360 and become much more mature and confident people. I hope D&D show this development, thats all.

  • I don’t recall Dany being that seductive in the books, aside from her lusting after Daario she’s pretty tame.

  • Arthur: until D&D start making Emilia wear see-through gowns that silhouette her curves and girl parts

    I just don’t know where to even start with that. Girl parts?!

    Anyways, to the topic at hand…

    However much of a great character Syrio was, he shouldn’t return. The reason we don’t know what happened to him is simply that none of our viewpoint characters were there to witness it. All the evidence points to him being dead – any other theory is too contrived.

  • Arthur:
    Aegon the Conqueror,

    I just think since GRRM insists throughout the books to tell us how legend of her beauty travels through the land, like that of Cleopatras, we see less little temper tantrum girl Dany, and more of a sexually scheming for power Dany.

    A rumor is not grounds for anything like that. The world of Ice and Fire is quite patriarchal. It only makes sense that rumors about any powerful woman would exaggerate her beauty to the point where she is the most beautiful woman in all of existence. Dany is not especially “seductive” in the books; if anything she resents being sexually objectified more and more after she leaves Qarth (and her uncomfortable experience with gowns, both there and later in Meereen). Following your suggestions would be completely unnecessary and completely untrue to the character.

    Also, I wouldn’t want Syrio to be “Jaqen” since that would mean that all of Syrio’s great stories from the books would be a lie, the part of some fabricated alter-ego. I much prefer the character to be real than to be the farce presented by some assassin.

  • I don’t think Syrio is alive. BUT I don’t think Ser Meryn being alive should be considered solid proof.

    If I was in the Kingsguard and got my ass knocked out cold by a little man with a broken wooden sword, I probably wouldn’t mention it.

    So I guess I do think its possible, but unlikely.

  • Watch the scene and listen..arya runs and you hear a scream and a steel sword drop to the ground .syrio had the chopped wood handle in his hand….so we may yet see him again

  • Rk76:
    Watch the scene and listen..arya runs and you hear a scream and a steel sword drop to the ground .syrio had the chopped wood handle in his hand….so we may yet see him again

    I wouldn’t read too much into a sound effect, especially when the scenes leading up to that confrontation establish that violence and chaos are happening all around the Red Keep.

  • Dan,

    NO! Syrio is Rhaegar Targaryen.. I thought everyone knew that by now.. Robert never “crushed him with a hammer”.. he went to Bravos and became a faceless man

  • You guys have it all wrong! Syrio was a faceless man, the years of service as first sword were simply a cover story to get him into King’s Landing. He was there as an assassin to kill Robert which he accomplished in the form of a boar.

    Think about it – the action happens off stage (and therefore is obviously a sign to be suspicious) so we can’t see it and the boar’s death is reported to us by unreliable witnesses: Robert is drunk and in pain, his companions clearly upset and in no condition to observe that the boar escaped, substituting itself with a boar corpse which it had prepared earlier.

    Safely back in King’s Landing Syrio escapes death, not by transforming into Jaqen, but into Meryn Trant, leaving him perfectly placed to do nothing much.

  • NicNic:
    I wonder if GRMM ever reads these threads and has a quiet laugh to himself….
    MRR,

    I’m sure he’s proud that people care so much about even minor characters in his books, but I’m sure it must get quite strange at times as well.

  • MRR: I’m sure he’s proud that people care so much about even minor characters in his books, but I’m sure it must get quite strange at times as well.

    Actually, based on many interviews I have seen with him, he dislikes when people get connected to minor characters.

    Also, to the general audience, George has also stated that he doesn’t understand why people still think Syrio is alive, and followed up later to say he is most certainly dead.

  • KG,

    Yes, as opposed to the magical elements. At least those have an internal consistency and make narrative sense. Bringing Syrio back would have neither.

  • I guess I’m the only one who thinks syrio is still very much alive. My lifeline for syrio comes at the end of the scene when the kingsguard come for arya and syrio knocks out 3 of the 4 effeortlessly before squaring off against the commander.When they cut away from the room not being able to see it anymore all you can do is listen. You hear multiple (3 or 4 men) screaming and wailing in agony and then a loud clash of a sword hitting the ground. If syrio wasnt alive why would the 3 men on the ground be screaming? and why would a sword hit the ground when the only person holding a metal sword was the last kingsguard? Syrio had a wooden sword and thus could not have been his. I understand the last kingsguard survived but maybe syrio let him live under the condition he now served him? Was he a faceless man? Did he vanish into thin air? Did he only knock the last guard unconscious and flee? Only RR Martin knows what happened, but it seems too fantastic a plot twist with many openings for expansion to just cut off forever. Also, since when is Martin the type of guy to cut AWAY from gore and violence. He tends to show it and show it well not hide it in a what-if scenario. I’d wager Syrio returns around episode 4 or 5 if my guestimated storyarc holds true. Cheers

  • It still annoys the hell out of me that Syrio didn’t stoop and swap his wooden sword for one on the ground,easily done for a man of his abilities.

  • i did have that feeling when i was watching that episode that he didn’t die, even though the kingsguard sent to get Arya is still alive

  • Arthur:
    Arthur,

    And if you think about it, Dany is the Cleopatra of ASOIAF… Young queen settled in a foreign place who’s beauty is legendary. So if Dany is this series Cleopatra, D&D should start making her less boot stomping and insecure and more sexual and calculating…

    That’s absurd. Cleopatra by and large stayed in her homeland of Egypt, was never married off to a distant land. No, that analogy doesn’t fit at all.