This article contains major spoilers about Game of Thrones season 7. If you don't want 'em, jump in a boat and start rowing.
It's been a while since we last saw Game of Thrones's premier watersports enthusiast. No, I don't mean one of the perverts from Littlefinger's brothel — I'm talking, obviously, about Gendry, the last of the Baratheons. Gendry was last seen way, way back in Season 3 when Ser Davos aided his escape in a rowing boat...
If that feels like a lifetime ago, you could probably be forgiven for giving up hope of Gendry ever stepping foot on dry ground in Westeros again. Earlier this year, though, there were whispers that Gendry might be back in Season 7, and new set reports from Ireland and Spain confirm something very curious...
Gendry Will Join Jon Snow, Daenerys & Tyrion On Dragonstone!
According to a new report from Watchers on the Wall, Muriola Beach in Basque Country, Spain — which doubles as the island of Dragonstone — will play host to an encounter between Jon Snow, Daenerys and their respective entourages at some point in Season 7. Ser Davos and Tyrion have been spotted on set (expect trouble there), but eyewitness reports claim Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry, is also part of the ongoing shoot at Muriola.
Dragonstone is exactly the place we last saw Gendry, so it's weird that he turns up there again. Short of having circled the world and ended up back at square one, my best guess is that Gendry encounters Ser Davos at some point prior to the big confrontation between the Stark and Targaryen figureheads, and effectively joins the Stark cause.
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Only Arya, Ser Davos and Melisandre know of Gendry's true parentage — which is just as well, because if Jon considers himself to have a claim to the throne (and why else would he be meeting Daenerys?), he probably wouldn't be too pleased about having the last Baratheon to contend with.
Filming is ongoing for Season 7 (just seven episodes in length) in Northern Ireland, Spain and Iceland, with a HBO premiere date of around June expected. There'll be a whole ton more casting news and set gossip before then, which is probably music to your ears. We take what we can get.
What's Gendry doing back on Dragonstone?