There are no guarantees in life — or in Game of Thrones. With a cast of hundreds, many characters don't die. They just never return to the show. One of those in-flux characters is Gendry, played by Joe Dempsie.
Gendry, Robert Baratheon's bastard son, had his biggest storyline (so far) in Season 3, when he is sold to Melisandre and Stannis as a sacrifice for a magic ritual. Davos saves him and sends him back to King's Landing. We don't see him again until Season 7, when Davos finds him in the bazaar, working as a blacksmith. He takes Gendry back to Dragonstone, where he gets along well with the other "bastard," Jon Snow, and joins him and his men to collect a wight.
In an interview Dempsie gave to Digital Spy, he confirms that Gendry will return for the final season of Game of Thrones, and will likely be in a number of episodes. He tells the outlet he has been filming "a fair bit" for the final season. "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 endgame. So yeah, I'm very happy to be involved and be on set for Season 8."
Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean that Gendry will make it to the final episode. When we last left him in Season 7, he seemed to be part of Team Jon Snow, and Jon Snow and his men tend to get into bloody, fatal battles a lot. There are plenty of Gendry-related fan theories out there, everything from Cersei being Gendry's mother to Gendry killing the Night King and therefore defeating the White Walkers.
Knowing that Gendry is definitely returning for the final season, what are your theories? Hit us up in the comments and let us know!
Game of Thrones returns for its eighth and final season in 2019.