Winter is here! The final season of Game of Thrones is less than three days away, and fans are anxiously waiting to find out who will live or (sadly) die. The war against the Night King and his army of White Walkers will transpire over the six-episode stretch, and while there have been no spoilers as to which characters will survive the Great War, many believe Gendry (played by Joe Dempsie) will be a key figure in the final season of the HBO show.
Yes, some fans theorize that Gendry will sit on the Iron Throne when Season 8 of the HBO series concludes. The blacksmith is currently the only living relative of the late King Robert Baratheon. Though a bastard son, his character could play a major role in the final season. Trained by Tobho Mott, Gendry is one of the few people who is able to forge Valyrian steel — which we all know is one thing that can kill a White Walker.
"Not even necessarily just from a character point-of-view, [but] from a personal point of view – to be there on the set when they're making that ending... that end game," Joe told Digital Spy of filming the finale. "So yeah, I'm very happy to be involved and be on set for Season 8." So, did the actor hint that he would survive the coming battles?
Why are fans convinced Gendry will sit on the Iron Throne?
In February, HBO released 20 character posters, which featured the GOT cast sitting on the Iron Throne. However, noticeably missing was Gendry. Many fans of the series found this interesting and took it as a clue that the bastard son may eventually step into the role of King of the Seven Kingdoms.
"They didn't do a poster with Gendry on the Iron Throne because it's been his the entire time, kingsblood vs everybody,” tweeted @totescolin. As we mentioned above, Gendry is currently the only living relative of the late king; remember, the late King Joffrey had all of Robert’s bastards killed... except one.
They didn't do a poster with Gendry on The Iron Throne because it's been his the entire time, kingsblood vs everybody.— Colin. (@totescolin) February 28, 2019
Another GOT fans tweeted: "Gendry, the last standing Baratheon, is going to be the one to sit on the throne and that’s why he didn’t get a poster, that’s the tea for today folks.” Hey, even Grey Worm got his own poster. So, some believe the writers tried to throw fans off the theory that Gendry could possibly win the Iron Throne.
While some fans predict the lack of poster equates to Gendry being the last character standing to claim the Iron Throne, one person theorized that the opening sequence gives away the GOT finale. "The only part of the opening sequence to never change is the Stag on the throne," the fan tweeted, which refers to King Robert’s sigil.
Adding, "[Gendry] is the last Stag." The opening sequence for GOT has always shown houses that have risen throughout the series, and fell. However, the Stag has been a constant even after the death of (almost) all of Robert’s relatives.
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