In reply to superdoctor14
No way she's the shadowy figure on the poster, and to be frank Jaune mentioning Pyrrha in Volume 5 wasn't too suspect. The dream sequence, maybe...
What's important to me is the fact that JNR is hanging without any sort of plot or destination or agency for the past two volumes. Narrative-wise, nothing has been done to drag JNR away from Pyrrha or give them any other compelling goal or journey that would distract the audience from the absence of Pyrrha, or even grant them some hope of closure. That seems pretty weird and it's kinda an important thing to address soon,and to me they haven't made many small thematic efforts to begin to put the tragedy to rest.
Which leads me to believe that Pyrrha and JNR's loss of her is going to be a longer running thing, but how else do you 'run with it' other than bringing her back? She's already about 3 years in the past for us, lamenting on her death doesn't really hit a chord at this point. Closure doesn't do that much either, since time has drawn things out that we have already become desensitized and cynical about the circumstances of Pyrrha's death.
There is a whole web of conspiracy about Pyrrha's role in the story, and if it truly ends in Volume 3. It's fun to chase clues, but you don't always have to appear like a madman to others. Just looking at the general themes of RWBY and how the characters have been set up, it's still very strange that JNR have become so inconsequential since Volume 3, and something should happen to change that. Writing wise, JNPR were introduced hand in hand with RWBY, and were set up and given screentime that bespoke a pretty important role in the story - a hint at a deeper and more compelling storyline that makes them more important than Sun or Illia or any typical supporting character.
We have yet to see the culmination of that promise/precedence that was set in Volume 3. So, I wait.