Row, row, row your boat, Gendry!
According to “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, that’s exactly what the alleged bastard son of King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy) has been doing since fans last saw him in the show’s Season 3 finale, which aired in June 2016.
That’s right, after three years of theorizing about Gendry’s (Joe Dempsie) whereabouts, the showrunners confirmed in a UFC Podcast that the Flea Bottom native is in fact alive, well and, you guessed it, still rowing.
“Think of the shape he’s in after rowing for four seasons!” Benioff quipped. “Big lats.” But Gendry’s big lats will only raise even bigger questions for Season 7, which has not yet been given a premiere date. Some of the questions Gendry’s return raises are: Will Gendry ever get to King’s Landing? And if he does reach his destination, what will that mean for the Iron Throne?
Gendry’s arrival could shake things up for Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey), who currently sits on the Iron Throne, and for Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), who is eager to take the title for herself. Reason being, Gendry has a rightful claim to the crown seeing as though King Robert Baratheon’s blood runs through his veins.
In Season 3, Davos (Liam Cunningham) helped Gendry escape a cruel fate. Melisandre (Carice van Houten) had planned on sacrificing Gendry to help Robert’s brother Stannis (Stephen Dillane) reach political power. But Davos foiled her plan by drifting the blacksmith off into the Narrow Sea on a rowboat. Davos urged the boy, who admitted not knowing how to swim, to flee the city of Dragonstone and to return to Flea Bottom in King’s Landing. And it looks as though King Robert Baratheon’s alleged son might finally make it to the largest city of the Seven Kingdoms … four seasons later that is.
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