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In the first season of Game of Thrones, Arya trains with a Dance Master called Syrio Forel.

Towards the end of the series their lesson is interrupted when troops burst in and try to capture Arya. Syrio Forel stays behind with a wooden sword to fight them off but his fate is not shown...

What happened to him?

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I also have a related question, why didn't Syrio pick up a steel sword? there were several on the floor. Why did insist on using his wooden sword? –  KoKo Sep 9 '13 at 16:00
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@Koko probably should be another question - personally I'd suggest it's because the weapon of dance master is very different to a regular soldier of Westeross! Could he fight in his referred style with the wrong weapon? –  Liath Sep 9 '13 at 16:10
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As Arya flees, she hears Syrio shout out his battle cry. Later while fighting Ser Meryn Trant, Syrio's wooden sword breaks apart. This is as far as the five books or the 3 season series goes. The actual fate of whether Syrio lives or dies is never specified.

Syrio's battle with Ser Meryn Trant in the TV series is portrayed much as it was in the books: except that Syrio does far greater injury to his opponents with his wooden sword, like killing with a blow through the eye. He continues to fight the Kingsguard even after his wooden sword is broken, and as Arya runs away she hears his battle cry. In both the series and the book, his fate is left uncertain. Syrio Forel - Game of Thrones wiki

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It is never specified.

At least not in the TV series or as far as I have got into the last part of the fifth book.

Some people think that he was a face changer was the same Bravosie that Arya met later but this seems to just be wishful thinking.

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Does the knight her was fighting ever reappear? –  Liath Aug 13 '13 at 10:25
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Yes, he does. His name is Ser Meryn Trant. You can wiki him but bear in mind it is easy to see spoilers on the GoT wiki page. –  Stefan Aug 13 '13 at 10:29
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Yeah I tend to avoid it. Although it doesn't answer the question knowing the opponent survived it gives us a clue. –  Liath Aug 13 '13 at 10:31
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That is true, unfortunately as I liked Syrio. I do not know whether you have read the book but in there is make specific reference to that fact that Syrio was far better with a sword than Trant but only had a wooden training sword against Trant's full plate and steel longsword. –  Stefan Aug 13 '13 at 10:33
    
I'm reading the 1st book now - not up to that bit. –  Liath Aug 13 '13 at 10:34
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