Game of Thrones Season 7 only has two episodes remaining, and all eyes have turned towards the North. Although the great war between Cersei and Daenerys has started to heat up, the Night King is headed south, and he doesn’t give a damn about any of the great houses. With the White Walker threat looming, we have begun to see long-estranged characters come together — and some have come out of the shadows for the first time in seasons.
Note: heavy spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 5, titled “Eastwatch," follow.
In Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 5, Jon Snow continued to warn Daenerys of the threat the White Walkers — because to fight the Night King, they will need to assemble all the forces of the Seven Kingdoms. To accomplish their goal, Team Daenerys must convince Cersei of the threat in the North.
Daenerys sent Tyrion and Ser Davos to King’s Landing, so that Tyrion could warn Jaime of the looming threat. While they were in King’s Landing, Ser Davos added a new member to their crew: Gendry, the bastard son of Robert Baratheon, and the last-known heir to the once mighty House Baratheon.
Gendry Has Returned, But Why Is He Important?
When Game of Thrones began, the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms was King Robert Baratheon. Robert took the throne after a long war with the Targaryens, and personally struck down Prince Rhaegar Targaryen during the Battle of the Trident. These events led to House Baratheon becoming the most powerful house in Westeros, as well as the rightful heirs to the throne.
During Game of Thrones Season 1, Robert died after being gored by a boar. It was later revealed that Robert’s death was not an accident, and instead, it was part of a plot masterminded by Cersei. After Robert’s death, Joffrey took the throne and systematically tried to wipe the true Baratheon heirs out. This event was called the “Massacre in King's Landing,” and only Gendry made it out alive.
Eventually the Baratheon family was completely wiped out, and only Gendry survived. Ser Davos hid Gendry in King’s Landing, where he had been working as a blacksmith right under Cersei’s nose. During Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 5, Davos retrieved Gendry from King’s Landing, and then joined forces with Jon Snow and Daenerys.
Although Gendry is a bastard, he is still the last heir of House Baratheon, which makes him one of the most important characters on the show. Not only does Gendry know his true heritage, but he also told Jon Snow (a fellow bastard), who knows that allying with Gendry means that they have more great houses at their backs.
What Does Gendry's Return Mean For The Future Of Westeros?
While it’s true that House Baratheon is in shambles, the name still carries a lot of weight. Daenerys was in a similar boat, but she used her name to accomplish great things, and rose as one of the strongest people in Westeros. With Gengry’s inclusion into Jon and Daenerys’s ranks, this means the House Stark, House Targaryen and House Baratheon are united for the same cause.
Gendry’s return also means that he could bring back the sigil of House Baratheon, and take his rightful place at the head of the new lineage.
Apart from the future of House Baratheon, Gendry also has the trust of Jon Snow, which makes him a vital player moving forward. Much like his father, Gendry wields a great war hammer (which we saw him use quite well), and he will prove his worth as a member of Jon’s merry band of warriors, who are headed to capture a White Walker. The group includes Jon Snow, Jorah Mormont, Gendry, The Hound, Tormund Giantsbane and Beric Dondarrion.
We don’t know how Jon’s group will fare against the White Walkers, but as far as skill goes, they are some of the mightiest warriors in Westeros. It seems unlikely that the show would bring Gendry back just to have him die in the frozen north, and given the preview for Episode 6, it looks like he will prove his worth to Jon as a warrior.
Since Gendry is fighting by Jon’s side, it’s fair to surmise that he will become a trusted member of Jon's core group. Depending on what happens with the White Walkers and the war for the throne, Gendry’s return could lead to a new reign for House Baratheon, but there’s still a long war to be fought on two sides.
In the final episodes of Game of Thrones Season 7, we could see the beginning of the end of Westeros as we know it, or we could see the houses unite for the first time. It will be interesting to see how each of the powerful characters deal with the existence of the Night King, and we can’t wait to see how it all plays out.
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