Game of Thrones final season may be huge for Gendry


Joe Dempsie, Gendry on Game of Thrones, talks to Digital Spy the major role his character will play in Season 8.

Game of Thrones’ second most famous bastard may finally be getting his day in the sun — or should we say — in the snow.

Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry, alluded that he will play a significant role in the final season of Game of Thrones. During an interview with Digital Spy, he hinted it might be a big season for him, but he may not make it out alive.

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"Dempsie said, “As with all these things, we never shoot in chronological order – so you might have people coming in at the beginning and at the end, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they make it all the way through!”“For me, the only real hope I had for the character was just that he would be there when the reckoning came. You got the sense – even back in season 3 – that this was a show that was building towards some incredible climax, so you just wanted to be there when it all happened.”He continued, “Not even necessarily just from a character point-of-view, [but] from a personal point of view – to be stood there on the set when they’re making that ending… that end game. So yeah, I’m very happy to be involved and be on set for season 8.”"

Gendry is the last living bastard son of Robert Baratheon, though he didn’t know this at first. After leaving his blacksmith business to join the Night’s Watch, he meets Arya along the way and becomes friends with her, though he thinks she’s a boy.

When Melisandra “sacrifices” some of Gendry’s royal blood for her witch magic to help Stannis Baratheon win the Iron Throne, Ser Davos helps him escape in a rowboat from future harm. That’s the last we see of Gendry for three seasons.

Last season, Gendry made his triumphant return, met another famous bastard, Jon Snow, and traveled with him, the Hound, and the Brotherhood without Banners north of the wall to capture a wight. Jon Snow sent Gendry back to Eastwatch where they ran into trouble, and we last saw him collapse just before the wall.

So, what could be in store for our young, hammer-toting Gendry?

One thing I’m looking forward to is his probable reunion with Arya, does a girl have no name anymore? Does a girl still have a crush on a bastard?

I sincerely hope sparks fly between them.

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But will he survive this crazy Westeros World War? I’m guessing he won’t, but I also don’t think a lot of our favorite characters will.

Whatever his fate may be, I hope Gendry gets a fitting, heroic end. Game of Thrones returns one year from now.