'Game of Thrones' season 8: Gendry may just be the rightful heir to the Iron Throne
'Game of Thrones' introduces fans to a lot of side characters, and while each character plays their role, none of them may be more important than Gendry.
Warning: This article may contain spoilers for Season 8
'Game of Thrones' is so notable for killing off its supposedly main characters than its side characters, and George R. R. Martin is known to keep his characters alive for a further purpose, either for good or for evil. And while we complain about how Martin somehow or the other kills off some of our favorite characters, Gendry (played by Joe Dempsie) is slowly making his way to the Iron Throne.
Gendry, in the 'GOT' universe, is a skilled blacksmith, and the illegitimate, and last living bastard son of King Robert Baratheon (who had numerous bastard sons and daughters), and that itself partially qualifies Gendry to claim the Iron Throne. Gendry is a generally humble and polite working-class blacksmith, who didn't grow up rich or in a castle, instead, he is a brave and capable fighter. He never knew of his ties to royalty and grew up having to work as a blacksmith at Tobho Mott's smithy. His hard work made Gendry disciplined, and he doesn't possess any of his royal father's negative qualities of self-indulgence (which was the end of Robert).
Gendry's weapon of choice is a war hammer, and though he's had no combat training, he's surprisingly skilled with the tool, quite like his father. His father, Robert Baratheon, was killed by the Lannisters in their coup to take the throne and Gendry has an intense hate for the Lannisters, especially Cersei. Unfortunately for Gendry, he just might be Cersei's son, and therefore his place would be first in line to the Iron Throne.
Season one is where we see Cersei offer her sympathies to Catelyn (an extremely rare moment for Cersei) for her son, Bran's loss of limbs (although she's actually is responsible for the state he's in). Cersei speaks of her firstborn son, a “black-haired beauty” who died shortly after his birth and all the sons she'd given birth to thereafter were blonde (thanks to her brother/lover, Jaime's contribution to her limited gene pool).
Gendry is definitely a black-haired beauty, who also describes his mom as having "yellow hair". Coincidence? Maybe a long shot, but I think not, coincidences are pretty rare in the 'GOT' universe.
In George R. R. Martin's latest book related to the franchise, 'Fire and Blood', it is revealed that the bastard founder of the house, Orys Baratheon, was a baseborn half-brother to Lord Aegon, thereby intermingling the bloodlines of the two houses early on and giving purity to Gendry's lineage.
The book also reveals another character by the name of Hugh the Hammer, but the complexities of this character deserve another article on its own. But so far we've established that Gendry is the most likely candidate to contest the Iron Throne next to Daenerys and Jon Snow.
Let's just hope they don't kill off this fan-favorite character as well.
'Game of Thrones' season 8 will return for the finale on April 14, only on HBO.