Gendry used to be a fairly major presence on Game of Thrones. He was one of Robert’s many bastards, which meant that he was a threat to the legitimacy of Joffrey Baratheon. As a result, Gendry was hunted fiercely by the goldcloaks for the first couple of seasons of the show, and was eventually taken in by Melisandre and his uncle, Stannis.
When we last saw Gendry, he was rowing his way back to Fleabottom. His absence of the show was so notable during the seasons he vanished for that many believed he was stuck rowing for eternity.
Now, Gendry has returned to the world of Game of Thrones, and he’s ready to contribute. Over the course of a single episode, he traveled from Fleabottom to the Wall, and volunteered to fight an army of wights that he had only just heard about earlier in that episode. In short, Gendry is wasting no time. He’s ready to be an important part of this story again, and he may be more than a pretty face who can swing a hammer, but it’s unclear exactly what his role will be. To find that out, we have to learn more about who Gendry is, and where he came from.
Here are 5 Things You Never Knew About Gendry.
5. HE COULD INHERIT STORM’S END
The seat at Storm’s End has been vacant since Stannis died. Before that, House Baratheon had ruled over the seat for generations, and eventually ascended to the Iron Throne. Now that Robert, Renly, and Stannis have all died, it’s unclear what’s become of Storm’s End in the world of the show. In fact, it’s one of several castles that have no clear heir now – alongside Highgarden and Sunspear in Dorne.
Storm’s End is among the more pivotal of the show’s abandoned castles, though. That’s because it’s fairly close to King’s Landing, and is an important seaport that Daenerys could use to load and unload troops onto the mainland.
Gendry may be Robert’s bastard, but if Daenerys or Jon ends up on the Iron Throne, neither one of them is likely to be very concerned with Gendry’s lineage. Instead, they may reward him because they know that he’s a deserving, good man who has earned the right to call himself nobility.
4. HE’S ROBERT’S ONLY LIVING HEIR
One of the reasons the War of the Five Kings broke out stems from the discovery of Cersei and Jaime’s incestuous relationship, which led to a questioning of whether Joffrey was a legitimate heir to the throne. Things got truly dire when Robert died, and Joffrey ascended to the throne. Because many felt that Joffrey wasn’t a legitimate ruler, there were a series of rebellions that ultimately led to the War of the Five Kings.
Joffrey ultimately decided that the best way to protect his own claim to the throne was to destroy as many of the other potential claimants as possible. As a result, he purged all of Robert’s bastards, and was after Gendry too until Stannis got his hands on him. This purge left Gendry as Robert’s only living descendant, at least in the world of the show.
Although he’s shown no interest in the crown, this could give Gendry a legitimate claim to the Iron Throne. He may not ever want to be a leader, but he’s the kind of person who is often thrust into a leadership role in the world of Game of Thrones.
3. IN THE BOOKS, HE SAVES BRIENNE’S LIFE
Gendry’s storyline in the show is very similar to the books, but, like most characters, it diverges more as the story progresses. While Gendry is working as a blacksmith at the Crossroads, he runs into Brienne. Brienne is eventually embroiled in a fight that almost kills her, and is saved by Gendry’s last-minute efforts.
Incidentally, this isn’t the only time Gendry saves someone in the books. He saves a young girl Arya calls Weasel, who is attempting to flee after Yoren is killed but is falling behind until Gendry comes back and picks her up.
Gendry may not be a major character in the show or the books, but he’s certainly one of the most heroic figures. Like Jon Snow, he wants to save as many people as he can. It’s noble to be sure, but it also makes him one of only a few truly good men left in the world of Westeros, for good reason.
2. HE WAS NEVER TAKEN BY MELISANDRE IN THE BOOKS
In the world of the show, Gendry is sold to Melisandre by the Brotherhood Without Banners in exchange for some gold that the Brotherhood desperately needs. Melisandre is interested in Gendry because he shares blood with Stannis, and because that blood has powers that make it useful. This eventually leads to Gendry having to flee from Dragonstone to escape Melisandre’s wrath.
In the books, Gendry is knighted by the Brotherhood Without Banners and is eventually seen working as a blacksmith at the Inn at the Crossroads. At this point, Gendry has converted to R’hllorism, and is a devout servant of the Lord of Light.
Although there are differences in Gendry’s story between the show and the books, Gendry’s characterization is fairly consistent between the two. He’s kind, stubborn, and noble in both versions, and is unwilling to compromise on his beliefs about the way the world should work, even when experience doesn’t bear those beliefs out.
1. HE’S RELATED TO JON AND DAENERYS
We all know that Jon and Dany are related. The bond between Jon and Gendry, though, which was quickly established in the fifth episode of season 7, is based on more than their dads’ friendship. In fact, Jon and Gendry are related, albeit somewhat distantly. Although Robert overthrew a Targaryen dynasty that had lasted for more than 300 years, Robert himself had some Targaryen blood running through his veins.
Robert’s grandmother was Rhaelle Targaryen, the youngest daughter of King Aegon V. Rhaelle was the sister of King Jaeherys II, who was Aerys’s father, and Daenerys’s grandfather. This means that Jon’s great grandfather was a brother of Gendry’s grandmother.
Of course, Gendry is a pretty distant relative of both Jon and Daenerys, but the fact that he shares blood with them is interesting nonetheless. Targaryen blood is scarce, so it should be noted wherever it’s found.
This article originally appeared on Screenrant: Game of Thrones: 15 Things You Never Knew About Gendry