After four seasons, and numerous “endless rowing” jokes, Gendry Waters, bastard of Robert Baratheon is back. The fan favorite returned in season 7 of Game of Thrones, after hiding right under Cersei’s nose in Kings Landing. Working as a blacksmith, no less. Since then, the son of the former king has seen his fair share of adventures. He met the “bastard son of Eddard Stark” and followed him north of the wall. He ran a mini-marathon through the snow to save Jon Snow and the other misadventures. And he proved himself a capable hand with a war-hammer and a stout companion. However, his future is still uncertain. Joe Dempsie, who plays beloved Gendry, had a lot to say about his character’s future on the show.
Game of Thrones Star Speaks with Digital Spy
(Spoiler free, of course.)
“I’ve done well out of it this year, for sure,” revealing how much he’s been filming for season 8. But that doesn’t mean Gendry will survive the series, he clarifies, “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!”
Dempsie talks about his excitement to be part of what is sure to be an epic ending, “…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.”
Dempsie Wasn’t Even Sure He’d be Coming Back
Before sending Gendry out in a rowboat in season 3, Dempsie apparently got a hint about his future. Benioff and Weiss told him he would be returning later in the series, “That was always the idea…but things can change and there’s so many strands they have to keep in their mind and weave together that you’re never sure.”
However, as time went on, Dempsie wasn’t sure if that would ever happen. “I’m aware that David and Dan have a million-and-one things that they need to think about when they’re putting their story arcs together…It wouldn’t have surprised me, and it wouldn’t have angered me at all, if they’d got to season 7 and just not really had time for Gendry…”
Fans no longer ask Dempsie when he’ll return to Game of Thrones, which must be a relief. However, with filming for this intense season underway, he’s not off the hook yet, “However, there’s a whole raft of new secrets that I now have to keep…the pressure to keep your mouth shut when it comes to anything to do with Game of Thrones!”
No loose lips from Dempsie, it seems, so fans will just have to wait to find out Gendry’s fate. Season 8 of Game of Thrones airs in 2019.