Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 5 Gendry

Game of Thrones: A Brief History of Gendry, the Long-Lost Baratheon

Warning: This post contains spoilers for Sunday’s Game of Thrones.

Did you see Gendry on this week’s Game of Thrones and think, “Wait, I know him… but who is he again?” If so, don’t worry: We’re cracking open the Big Book of Westeros for a quick refresher course.

We can’t exactly blame you for forgetting Gendry, played by Joe Dempsie; we haven’t seen him on GoT since way back in Season 3. (Back then, King Joffrey was still alive, and we hadn’t even met Oberyn Martell yet.) A blacksmith by trade, Gendry always insisted he was lowborn, growing up in humble Flea Bottom, his mother a “tavern wench” who died young. But he later learned he’s the bastard son of King Robert Baratheon… a fact that makes him a serious contender to rule all of Westeros.

This week, after sneaking Tyrion into King’s Landing, Ser Davos discovered a close-cropped Gendry anonymously hammering out a sword in Flea Bottom: “Here I am, arming Lannisters, and no one gives me a second look.” Gendry said he’s ready to rejoin the fight, though, grabbing a seriously huge hammer-type weapon on his way out — and using it to crush the skulls of a couple of guards before rowing back to Dragonstone with Davos and Tyrion. Back there, Gendry introduced himself to Jon Snow, not bothering to keep his true identity secret, and volunteered his services against the White Walkers, joining Jon, Davos and Ser Jorah Mormont at the Wall. (Read TVLine’s full episode recap right here.)

Gendry’s one of the more well-traveled Thrones characters: We first met him in Season 1 at King’s Landing, where Ned Stark (RIP) admired a helmet he crafted. After King Robert’s death, Gendry was hustled out of King’s Landing — not realizing that, as a descendant of Robert’s, he’d be a target for assassination — and joined the Night’s Watch. There, he met Arya Stark (disguised as a boy), who he stood up for against a group of bullies and eventually befriended.

Game of Thrones Season 7 GendryArya and Gendry hit the road together in Season 2, where Arya confided in him that she’s really a girl, and the two established a tight, brother-sister bond. The two were captured and taken to Harrenhal, before Jaqen H’ghar (aka the Faceless Man) helped them escape. But they weren’t free for long: In Season 3, Arya and Gendry (along with Hot Pie) were taken captive again, this time by the Brotherhood Without Banners, led by Beric Dondarrion.

Gendry actually thought he’d found a home with the Brotherhood… until Beric sold him off to Melisandre for two bags of gold. (Gendry bitterly recalled that betrayal this week when encountering Beric again — a betrayal that led to Arya adding Beric to her “kill list.”) The Red Woman took Gendry to Dragonstone, telling him all about his royal lineage… before seducing him. (She spiced up their liaison by tying Gendry up and using leeches to draw his blood.) But then she imprisoned him and planned to sacrifice him in a blood ritual to support Stannis Baratheon’s claim to the Iron Throne.

Luckily, Gendry and Ser Davos bonded over their shared upbringing in Flea Bottom, and Davos freed him before Melisandre could get her hands on him, shipping Gendry off on a rowboat in the Season 3 finale. And until this week, that was the last we saw of Gendry. (Hence Davos’ joke when he saw Gendry again: “Thought you might still be rowing.”)

His royal status only grew in his absence, though: The Season 5 deaths of Stannis and his daughter Shireen left Gendry as the only living person in Westeros carrying the Baratheon blood line. That gives him a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne… which Cersei Lannister will totally honor, right?

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35 Comments
  1. Mare says:

    Welcome back, Gendry!! Hope we get a reunion with him and Arya!

  2. Kevin Tran says:

    I got so excited about the long and epic return of Gendry since we last saw him in Season 3. All I can say is – HE’S BACK!!!

  3. dmso says:

    Gendry’s a bastard, so he isn’t a legitimate heir.

    • peterwdawson says:

      Trick is, there’s no other people left who can claim to come from the king’s bloodline. If there were, yeah, he’d have nothing, but given the basic extermination of his blood relatives, well…

      • K says:

        Actually Jon Snow, I think, will be the rightful heir, not Grentry. He is Rhaegar Targaryen’s son, and not a bastard. When Gilly was reading to Sam before he left the Citadel, she said that the high septon granted him an annulment and remarried him…I suspect to Lyanna Stark.

      • Lesley says:

        I think the reason gentry lived was ppl were helping/protecting him as he is roberts oldest son, bastard or not, and the ppl helping him knew that there was a very big chance that Roberts children with cersei were actually Jamie’s kids not Roberts! In the books and the series it is mentioned that cersei and Robert had a baby boy when the were newly married and even in love!! They spoke about their grief when he died, but did he, as I’m presuming Jamie would have been extremely jealous at that time and maybe cersei was under pressure from Jamie to ‘get rid’of the baby! And this baby is gendry! As gentry remembers his mother coming to see him, singing to him, she had long golden hair but she stopped coming when he was about two! I believe that jeoffrey is sbout two years younger than gender so maybe cersei had a new baby to love! We will have to wait and see what happens but certainly gentry has spent his life hiding, not surprising he wants to be himself and doesn’t care who knows who he is! I also thought that gendry and arya had crushes for each other! Can’t wait to see more got 😃

  4. Dan says:

    Thank you, TVLine. I would never remember all that from previous years.

  5. Dario says:

    I’m seriously annoyed everytime someone suggests Gendry “has a legitimate claim” to the throne. He’s a bastard, he has no claim.

    • Amy says:

      But he may have a claim to the house of baratheon.

    • N says:

      Alright calm down. Just a TV show🙄

    • Technically you’re right but we’ve seen two bastards rise above the bastard-status in the past few seasons. Ramsay become Lord Bolton and warden of The North. Then John became King if the North. If Gendry wanted to exploit his blood to become king… well, stranger things have happened. If the show has taught us anything, it’s that “claims to the throne” aren’t very respected anyway. You just need to reach out and take it.

    • Sarah says:

      He may be a bastard, but he’s Robert’s bastard. That’s important. Being a bastard Baratheon still gives him more rights to the Iron Throne than Cersei has.

  6. Dominique says:

    i’m fairly certain most fans didn’t forget about gendry, we’ve been begging for his return since the end of season 3, so that’s a strange way to start this recap.
    other than that; GENDRY! i’m so glad he’s back it’s been 84 years! i loved how he was ready to before davos even properly asked him. him and jon sounded a lot like ned and robert back in the old days. loved it!
    daenerys has offcially lost it; burning those who don’t do her bidding. wow.

    • Dominique says:

      *spoke too soon, didn’t realize this wasn’t the recap. still odd though; the whole fandom remembers gendry and have been hyped about his return.

  7. Mya Stone says:

    In the books, there were about 2 dozen bastards of Robert Baratheon, many of whom were not introduced in the TV show. Of course, the TV show could say that they killed all of them.

    • Sarah says:

      The TV show did kill them all.

    • ninergrl6 says:

      Wasn’t there a genocide back in season 1 to kill all of Robert’s illegitimate heirs? I remember a baby being taken away from his mother at Littlefinger’s brothel. The big deal about Gendry is that he’s the one that got away, right?

      • Sarah says:

        Yes. There was an entire set of scenes dedicated to Lannister soldiers going through King’s Landing and butchering Robert’s bastard children (of all ages). Gendry was the only one who got away.

  8. Sg. Grant says:

    He looks even more like Christian Bale now.

  9. N says:

    I have believed for a very long time Gendry would end up with the Iron Throne in the end, due in large part to his bloodline and absence for much of this of this series. it would be just like G RR Martin to do that. i still would be be shocked for this outcome, however im more accepting of the fact that Whoever ends up king or queen will legitimize Gendry, making him the last Baratheon.

  10. Diane says:

    ‘Wait I know him but who is he again?’ should be the name of this show.

  11. Azerty says:

    The writers really enjoy themselves with some lines this season right? I mean, over the years Gendry’s fate after season 3 became kind of a joke “where is Gendry? still rowing” and now Ser Davos delivers that line? It is a nice wink. Anyway Ser Davos has the best lines lately.

    • narutofan says:

      This was the line of the episode for me. So funny! Every season he’s been away people have been making Gendry rowing jokes and memes.

  12. Cynthia says:

    Arya has more than brother sister feeling towards Hendry. She had a crush on him.
    I hope Hendry and Arya meet again!
    The Starks going off into different places made their world smaller 😁

  13. There is also a theory that Gendry is actually the only living son of Robert and Cersei. Therfor the try living hair to the throne. The still born son that Rober and Cersei had together wasn’t actually still born and secretly taken away but someone like Varys or Little Finger for later blackmail.

    • Sarah says:

      He’s not Cersei’s kid. Cersei was told by the witch in the woods that she would only have 3 kids and that they would all die, which they did. This is further proof that Cersei’s current pregnancy is bogus.

      • Arista says:

        Actually, Cersei says in Season 1 that she had a black-haired beauty fathered by Robert but it died in infancy. It seemed like an odd switch for the writers to make, particularly if they were planning to use the Maggy prophecy later. I don’t think Gendry is Cersei’s son, but canonically she has had 4 children (showverse).

    • luvprue2 says:

      I think Gendry is Cersei and Robert’s first born son.

  14. Soraya E. says:

    I honestly didn’t get a brother/sister vibe between Gendry and Arya… Maybe that’s just me and wishful thinking.

  15. Ella says:

    Brother/Sister bond??? Er, I thought Gendry and Arya were fairly romantically inclined.

  16. luvprue2 says:

    So Gendry found out that Robert was his father. Does anyone else find it weird that Robert never visited Gendry?. Ned once stated that Robert had kept track of all his kids,yet he didn’t seem to know of Gendry. I wonder who’s Gendry’s mother is.