'Game of Thrones' Season 8 preview: George RR Martin's 'Fire and Blood' adds to Gendry's already royal bloodline
This little bastard son of King Robert Baratheon has finally come to terms with his newly-learned royal lineage
Gendry Baratheon has been a fan-favorite character ever since viewers first laid eyes on this skilled blacksmith in season 1, where we saw Ned Stark admiring a helmet he crafted. After King Robert’s death, and being the last remaining bastard son of King Robert Baratheon, Gendry was quickly hustled out of King’s Landing to evade a culling of King Robert's illegitimate sons and daughters.
The culling was carried out in order for Cersei to claim the throne through her puppet son, Joffery, and make sure no one else is there to contest his claim. Gendry had no idea that his hasty exit from the kingdom was due to being as a descendant of Robert’s, and ran away to the join the Night’s Watch. He was a pretty prominent character from seasons 1 through 3.
It is only at the end of season 3, episode 7, Gendry knows of his real heritage, and when he's reintroduced in season 7, we see the now full-grown Gendry taking full ownership of his house's name, and even crafting a war hammer with is house's sigil (a deer) on the hilt.
With Gendry taking up the Baratheon name, his hammer may be a dead giveaway to what his character may actually signify in the books. In George R. R. Martin's new book 'Fire and Blood', we see a detailed history of an important link between the Targaryens and the Baratheons.
The 'Fire and Blood' book confirms the Targaryens birthed a bastard son, Orys Baratheon, who later went on to be the founder of House Baratheon. The book states Orys Baratheon is the half-brother and the most trusted advisor of the original Targaryen king, Aegon the Conqueror. Targaryen blood matters because it's directly tied to dragons and magic.
Gendry's royal lineage is the main reason Melisandre needed his blood in season 3 to fulfill a blood-magic ritual in order to kill the remaining kings of Westeros. Fans were happy he made it out alive, and after a four-season hiatus, we saw Gendry return in season 7, brandishing a newly forged war hammer. Gendry, choosing to craft a war hammer rather than a sword, is a way of him reclaiming the Baratheon name in some small part.
However, a Baratheon war hammer isn’t just a weapon, it’s also a powerful symbol of how Robert defeated the Targaryens in war and usurped the throne from Rhaegar Targaryen, in order to be King of the Seven Kingdoms. Gendry may just be the secret Targaryen we've all been looking for, and his lineage in the book, coupled with his weapon of choice, places Gendry as a character who may actually win this 'Game of Thrones'.
If they decide to adapt his character from the book, this means huge things for Gendry's role in the end game, since he's (conveniently) the last Baratheon left alive, and therefore the rightful heir for to the throne. 'Game of Thrones' is slated to release on April 14 only on HBO.