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As the ravens fly from Winterfell there is some grim news coming from the North: There are officially just 10 episodes left of HBO's Game of Thrones EVER!
As fans of the Ice and Fire epic wonder how on Earth showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss can wind down that race for the pointy chair in just 10 episodes, expect the reaming run to be a veritable smorgasbord of departing characters and grisly goodbyes. However, as we reach the halfway point of Season 7, we are still rightly asking, "Where the f*ck is Gendry?"
There's 'Row' place like Dragonstone.
You don't have to look into the fires and see the Lord of Light to know that #JoeDempsie will be reprising his role as Gendry Storm a mere four seasons after Ser Davos sent him rowing off into the distance. There have been some big questions about how/when Gendry will return, but now those Thrones theorists pose that the Baratheon bastard could be influential to the show's endgame.
Away from Cersei Lannister tightening her grip on the realm, a worried Jon Snow is focusing his energy on that approaching army of abominable snowmen coming from beyond the Wall. "The Queen's Justice" saw Jon and Daenerys finally meet, as the King in the North headed to Dragonstone to shore up a mighty alliance alongside some much-needed resources.
Now that Queen Daenerys Targaryen has offered Jon Snow her mine of dragonglass and all the men she has — if they haven't been mowed down by Euron Greyjoy — the big question now is, what does Jon do next? Sure, having your own Scrapheap Challenge of dragonglass is all well and good, but unless you know what to do with the stuff, throwing it at the head of a White Walker isn't going to do a lot. So, this is where a certain blacksmith from Flea Bottom could come in particularly handy.
Fighting Hammer and Tongs
While a blacksmith in Westeros is probably pretty easy to find, could Gendry's niche expertise come in handy? During Dempsie's (brief) tenure, we saw Gendry heralded as one of the best at his craft. His return clearly means something, and alongside the newfound book skills of Samwell Tarly, King Snow could have the A-Team of White Walker disposal experts.
Of course, there are those who think that Gendry's legitimacy to the Iron Throne could see him as an unlikely outsider to sit on that pointy chair — maybe even as a secret child to Cersei — but I'm pretty sure he would rather sit down with Arya and Hot Pie for some ale and a pasty than rule the Seven Kingdoms. Whenever and whatever his return heralds, it didn't take social media long to cotton on to the Gendry dragonglass theory. So, now we play the waiting game:
Whatever happens to Gendry, it is hard to imagine that Game of Thrones would bring back such a seemingly minor character if #GeorgeRRMartin didn't have a serious storyline coming his way. Gendry may just be there to be another shoulder for Arya to cry on, but he is probably about to do some serious wight smashing. Even if he isn't about to win the award for blacksmith of the year, just think of the size of his muscles after all that rowing — he could probably take on a White Walker with his bare hands anyway.