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George R.R. Martin’s latest book confirms a popular theory about Gendry’s character arc

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Joe Dempsie (Gendry) finishes filming for Game of Thrones Season 8

Gendry – the last living heir of Robert Baratheon in the TV series (apart from Edric Storm in the books) has a lot ahead in his character arc. A popular theory about his end-game suggests a lot for him, which has almost been confirmed by George R.R. Martin’s latest book – ‘Fire and Blood’.

We will talk about how the popular theory is confirmed but let’s first discuss the theory itself and its chances of being true if not for the new book, following Gendry’s journey so far. Nope, we are not talking about the theory of Arya Stark and Gendry ending up together in the end. That may be true but this theory is entirely different and suggests that Gendry, being the last and sole heir of House Baratheon may be legitimized and doing something epic in the Final Season like slaying the Ice Dragon. Many fans and popular YouTubers have long theorized this.

Gendry’s Journey So Far…

Gendry is first introduced to us in the TV show indirectly by the late Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish – when he suggests Eddard Stark to visit Tobho Mott’s shop in Flea Bottom. When Ned follows and visits the blacksmith’s shop, he meets Gendry for the first time and immediately realizes that he is Robert Baratheon’s bastard son.

The scene ends with Ned saying to Tobho Mott, “If the day ever comes when that boy would rather wield a sword than forge one, send him to me.”  We ultimately got a big callback from this important scene in the seventh season, when Gendry ultimately returned after rowing for three seasons in season 7. He also made a war hammer for himself just like his father once wielded and had used in the Battle of the Trident.

Gendry then ends up becoming a travelling companion for Arya but the group is taken prisoner by the Lannisters and taken to Harrenhal. The two along with Hot Pie, break out of Harrenhal with the help of Jaqen H’ghar and come across the Brotherhood without Banners. Hot Pie later finds a life serving as a baker at and an inn, while the other two continue their journey with the brotherhood.

Gendry is then taken captive by the Red Priestess – Melisandre, who performs some bizarre blood magic rituals using him. Yet, jokes aside Mel has told Gendry a few important lines which definitely have to pay off in the coming events of the Final Season. Two of them are:

“You are more than they can ever be… They are just foot soldiers in the Great War… You will make Kings rise and fall.”

“[You’re] the Bastard of Robert of the House Baratheon, the first of his name, King of the Andals and the First Men.”

After Mel’s ritual on him, Ser Davos Seaworth frees Gendry, making him escape on a boat from Dragonstone. The fans including me wondered where the character had been for complete three seasons, yet he returned in the Seventh Season slaying all those ‘boat-rowing’ jokes. He has returned and will also play a huge role in the Final Season, as confirmed by the actor himself.

A long lost character finally returned in the latest Game of Thrones episode, Eastwatch - Gendry and Jon SnowGendry is found by Davos while on a secret mission to King’s Landing, who joins him on his way back to Dragonstone. He then goes on the wight hunting venture with Jon Snow and party beyond-the-Wall but has to take a marathon back to Eastwatch in order to send a raven to Daenerys Targaryen, informing her about the White Walker ambush. We don’t get see any more of him in the last season.

But, the scripts of the last season have confirmed that he is with team Jon and Daenerys and is most probably travelling to Winterfell with them. And, we can’t hold our grudges for awaiting reunion of Arya and Gendry.

What did ‘Fire and Blood’ confirm?

George R.R. Martin’s latest book ‘Fire and Blood’ confirms a lot of things – at least the binge-readers say so. Like for example, the origin of the dragons of Daenerys in the first place and even an exciting parallel between Aegon the Conquerer and the current Aegon – Jon Snow.

The World of Ice and Fire’ – an account of Westerosi history has already given the link of Orys Baratheon – the founder of House Baratheon with the Targaryens. But, the latest book gives us more insight on how Gendry of House Baratheon may be legitimized by a Targaryen (Jon or Dany, if they survive the Great War). Quoting the two passages here:

“The son of a common blacksmith, Hammer was a huge man, with hands so strong that he was said to be able to twist steel bars into torcs. Though largely untrained in the art of war, his size and strength made him a fearsome foe. His weapon of choice was the Warhammer, with which he delivered crushing, killing blows.”

“In battle he rode Vermithor, once the mount of the Old King himself; of all the dragons in Westeros, only Vhagar was older or larger. For all these reasons, Lord Hammer (as he now styled himself) began to dream of crowns. “Why be a lord when you can be a king?” he told the men who began to gather round him”

“And talk was heard in camp of a prophecy of ancient days that said, “When the hammer shall fall upon the dragon, a new king shall arise, and none shall stand before him.” Whence came these words remains a mystery (not from Hammer himself, who could neither read nor write), but within a few days every man at Tumbleton had heard them.”

“Though Hammer’s ambition was unseemly in one born so low, the bastard undeniably possessed some Targaryen blood and had proved himself fierce in battle and open-handed to those who followed him, displaying the sort of largesse that draws men to leaders as a corpse draws flies.”

“They were the worst sort of men, to be sure: sellswords, robber knights, and like rabble, men of tainted blood and uncertain birth who loved battle for its own sake and lived for rapine and plunder. Many had heard the prophecy that the hammer would smash the dragon, and took it to mean that Hard Hugh’s triumph was foreordained.”

Two interesting parallels between Hugh the Hammer and Gendry here – both are blacksmiths and high-born bastards. If the prophecy is to be believed can Gendry hammer down the Wight Viserion controlled by the Night King? And, will he be legitimized after the Great War to become King Gendry Baratheon of Storm’s End?

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Balerion, The Black Dread, might not show up in House of The Dragon

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Balerion, The Black Dread, might not show up in House of The Dragon

HBO just dropped the teaser trailer for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon, and it broke the internet as soon as it was released. The highly anticipated prequel series has been HBO’s top priority for quite some time, and judging by the reaction of the fans that the teaser received, we can assume that they were right to do so. Though we witnessed several details about the upcoming show from the teaser, and of course the recent leaks, we didn’t get much information about the dragons, hardly any at all. But the teaser did give a slight hint about a certain dragon, Aegon The Conqueror’s famous ride Balerion the Black Dread might not be there in the series.

Balerion, The Black Dread, might not show up in House of The Dragon

In the teaser, we captured a quick glance at what appears to be a dragon skull. Judging by the size of the skull, and the thousands of lit candles in front of it, we can assume it is the skull of Balerion, who was dead by the time of Dance of the Dragons in Fire and Blood novel.

The size of the skull is comparable, if not slightly bigger than the skull we have seen in Game of Thrones, stored in the Red Keep. Another fact that points towards Balerion’s absence is that HBO recently changed the description of House of The Dragon on their official website. Instead of the earlier synopsis that said the timeline of the show being set 300 years prior to Game of Thrones, it has now been changed to 200 years. Balerion died in 94 AC, when Viserys I Targaryen was still young and hadn’t ascended to the throne. Hence it is very unlikely the dreadful beast will make an appearance, given that the series mainly focuses on the civil war that began after Viserys’ death.

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New House of The Dragon leaks might be showing the first look at Daemon Targaryen’s first wife

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Rhaenyra Targaryen

Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is moving fast with its production, and we can expect a spring release in 2022. Most of the main characters have been cast, and HBO has officially declared who’s playing who in the much-awaited prequel. With set pictures leaking quite often on the internet, the fans are getting a glimpse of more cast members in action. Recently, another rather unknown member of the House of The Dragon cast came into the limelight, via a leaked picture from the Aldershot set posted by Portal House of The Dragon Brasil.

One of the most common theories about the cast member in question is that she’s playing Prince Daemon Targaryen’s first wife Rhea Royce. This is how the character’s wiki describes her:

In 97 AC, Queen Alysanne Targaryen wed her grandson, Prince Daemon Targaryen, to Lady Rhea Royce, the heir to Runestone. Although the marriage was a fine, rich match, the marriage was not a success. Daemon found the Vale of Arryn little to his liking and grew bored. He soon developed a dislike for his wife, holding no love or affection toward Rhea, referring to her as his bronze bitch, a mocking reference to the ancient armour of the Royces. Rhea likewise had no love for Daemon, and they were soon estranged.”

Well, the armour certainly checks out, but other details about the character are currently under wraps. Who do you think the character from the recent leaks is? Tell us in the comments below!







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Recent leaks from the set of House of The Dragon point at Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon’s wedding celebrations?

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Filming for Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon is moving very swiftly, as evident from the frequent leaks we’re witnessing with every passing day. Though HBO has been mum about revealing any more info about the show, these periodic leaks are causing waves of excitement amongst the fans, as they’re left wondering and speculating who’s who in the new set pictures. Here’s one of the theories we have been pondering about looking at the most recent leaks, the crew of House of The Dragon is gearing up for a tourney being held for Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon’s wedding celebrations.

Theo Nate to play Laenor Velaryon in Game of Thrones prequel House of The Dragon

There are plenty of factors that point towards the above conclusion. One, in the last few days, we have seen a few leaks showing a young Rhaenyra Targaryen and Laenor Velaryon taking a walk together on a beach. Two, we recently had more pictures of Matt Smith as Daemon Targaryen filming on set, one in Royal costume and the newest ones in Targaryen battle gear. Props for his dragon Caraxes were not spotted as well, and since he mostly rides Caraxes for a battle, it seems more than likely that he’s donning the armour for a tourney.

Matt Smith spotted in Targaryen battle gear on House of The Dragon set

Matt Smith spotted in Targaryen battle gear on House of The Dragon set

Also, there were pictures of a Targaryen camp being set up, close to the place where Daemon Targaryen was spotted in costume. There are not many soldiers in the view, so it doesn’t seem to be like a preparation for war.

Fresh leaks from the set of House of The Dragon show Targaryen camps being constructed on Holywell Beach

However, one of the flaws to the theory is that in the book, the tourney was held at King’s Landing, while all the shots above have been taken close to a beach. Tell us about your theories in the comments below!







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