With such a huge cast, it is normal to sometimes forget about certain characters from HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. However, now that the three Lannister/Baratheon children have all died, will Gendry finally make his return on Game of Thrones Season 7 and threaten Cersei’s victory?
The last time viewers had a glimpse of Robert Baratheon’s bastard was in Season 3. Ser Davos rescued the naïve Gendry from Melisandre who was adamant to kill him and use his blood as a sacrifice to the Lord of Light. Gendry hasn’t made an appearance ever since Ser Davos sent him away on a boat. Did the self-confessed non-swimmer drown, or was he able to find a safe shelter where people are clueless about his past?
Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, in a recent appearance on UFC Unfiltered’s podcast, joked that Gendry’s still rowing.
“He’s getting in great shape. Think of the shape he’s in after rowing for four seasons.”
Questions about Gendry’s whereabouts are resurfacing now that Cersei managed to name herself Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. While Daenerys is apparently making her way to King’s Landing, Gendry’s appearance on Game of Thrones Season 7 could end Cersei’s claim.
Furthermore, even if many are rooting for the Mother of Dragons to take the throne because of her powerful army and her three dragons, it is reasonable not to get one’s hopes too high. After all, Game of Thrones has a fondness for surprising its viewers with unexpected twists. Remember when Robb was starting to taste triumph only to have a gruesome death courtesy of the Freys?
If it is any consolation, Cersei’s claim to throne will be short-lived as affirmed by fortune teller Maggy’s prophecy when Jamie’s twin sister was young.
“Queen you shall be… until there comes another, younger and more beautiful, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear.”
Lena Headey is completely aware that Cersei’s demise will soon happen, but for the actress, she wants her character to die in the hands of a Stark girl. She told Entertainment Weekly that she fancies the idea of a “great death by Arya.” Headey probably finds Arya’s Frey pie intriguing?
If not the youngest Stark girl, Headey believes Tyrion should finish Cersei. “No one would relish her death as much as he would,” she added.
Waiting for Game of Thrones Season 7 will be agony as producers have confirmed that they’d delay the filming because the season would need to have the dreariest settings. “We kind of pushed everything down the line so we could get some grim, grey weather, even in the sunnier places that we shoot,” Weiss said during the podcast.
The showrunners also hinted that the final two seasons of Game of Thrones might only have 13 episodes combined although “nothing is yet set in stone.” Doing so will be a big decision for the Game of Thrones team as the show has proven its capability to amass financial gains for HBO.
Nonetheless, ending the show with shortened episodes is more of a creative decision and if it turns out to be final, HBO president Michael Lombardo will respect the showrunners’ perspective.
“[Ending Thrones] will be a tough one for me – partly as an executive and partly as a fan. A show that resonates this way and works on all levels, it’s painful to imagine it ending. At the same time, David and Dan have a big responsibility and I respect that enormously. If we just keep going then we’re doing what the [broadcast] networks have done – and nobody wants to do that.”
Benioff further said that they would end the show while it’s still “going strong.”
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