SPOILER ALERT: Warning, this article contains spoilers from the Season 7, Episode 5 of Game of Thrones, entitled Eastwatch. Proceed at your own risk.
A fan favorite returned to Game of Thrones Sunday night, and appears to play a major role for the rest of the season.
Gendry — the bastard son of King Robert Baratheon — re-appeared in the fifth episode of Season 7. His last appearance was in Season 3, when Ser Davos Seaworth told him to row west from Dragonstone to Kings Landing to escape being sacrificed (more on that below).
Ser Davos reunited with Gendry, and asked him to return to Dragonstone with him, but under the alias “Clovis.”
Davos and “Clovis” met Jon Snow, but Gendry cast the alias aside and revealed his true identity to Jon (remember, his father Robert and Jon’s “father” Eddard Stark were best friends).
The two bastards quickly won each other over, so much that Twitter fans have already shipped them in a bromance.
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Interestingly, Gendry sports a warhammer instead of a sword (which he put to good use after being confronted by two Gold Cloaks while trying to escape King’s Landing).“I don’t know much about swinging swords, but this … this I know,” Gendry tells Davos. He is a blacksmith, after all.
Interestingly, the warhammer was also the favored weapon of his father.
Gendry throws an interesting twist into the Season 7 plot. He is the last living member of House Baratheon’s bloodline, but probably won’t stake a claim to the Iron Throne. He may also be the target of the fanatic followers of the Lord of Light, who demand royal blood in their sacrifices. It will be interesting to see what happens if he reunites with Arya Stark, whom he had a close relationship with.
As Melisandre predicted, he “will make kings rise and fall.”