After years and years just aimlessly rowing around the coast of Westeros, Gendry (played by Joe Dempsie) made a triumphant return to the Game of Thrones cast last season.
He heroically joined Jon beyond the Wall in the mission to pick up a wight and he also made that epic sprint back to Eastwatch to send a raven to Daenerys so she could fly in to the rescue with her killer dragons. What a guy!
Now, Joe Dempsie has hinted that his character could have a major role to play in the show’s final season.
Speaking to Digital Spy, Dempsie revealed that he’s been filming “a fair bit” for the final six episodes.
“I’ve done well out of it this year, for sure,” he 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!”
He added: “For me personally, 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.
“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.”
Sounds to us like he’s hinting Gendry has a pretty important role to play in the final season. But what could it be?
Does he rise to power as the heir to the dead king Robert Baratheon? Does he kill Cersei in revenge for this father’s death? Or is it revealed that his character is much more important than we’d ever previously known, as one Reddit fan theory suggests.
We’ll find out when we watch season 8, which is set to air some time in 2019.
(Image: Helen Sloan/courtesy of HBO)