Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Game of Thrones” season seven, episode five, “Eastwatch.”
After three full seasons, Robert Baratheon’s last surviving bastard son has made a triumphant return to “Game of Thrones.” Gendry, as it turns out, wasn’t rowing in circles this whole time after all. Instead, he was working back at a smithy in King’s Landing.
Ever since watching Gendry row a boat away from Dragonstone on season three, “Game of Thrones” fans helped his character make the classic move from “minor character” to “beloved meme.” Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry, even got in on the joke with a series of “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” tweets that aired after each season finale that went by without Gendry.
But now Gendry is back, and fighting on Jon Snow’s side. This is particularly touching since Ned Stark, the man who raised Jon, was best friends with Gendry’s father — King Robert. Fans who have long joked about Gendry’s return could barely contain their excitement — especially after seeing him with a replica of Robert Baratheon’s warhammer.
That warhammer was King Robert’s signature weapon, which makes Gendry’s choice not only sentimental but also incredibly badass. Here’s one fan’s re-imagining of Robert in his prime withe the hammer:
Needless to say, people were hyped.
This episode, “Eastwatch,” had an interesting emphasis on royal bastards versus trueborn children. Gendry is the last living child of the dead King Robert Baratheon, whose other bastard children were murdered on Joffrey’s orders on the second season.
Then there was the surprise of Cersei and Jaime’s pregnancy, which will be the fourth bastard born of their incestuous love.
And even if Jon Snow still knows nothing about his parents, we watched as Sam and Gilly learned that Rhaegar Targaryen had his marriage to Elia Martell annulled and married someone else — likely Lyanna Stark, Jon’s mother. That makes Jon Snow a legitimate heir to the Targaryen dynasty, not a bastard as he’s always believed.
Clearly in Westeros, even baseborn children are destined for greatness. Welcome back Gendry — we can’t wait to see you swing that warhammer again.
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*sees mysterious man forging swords*
Could it be???
*camera pans to Gendry*
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