Having enjoyed a prolonged break at sea, Gendry triumphantly returned to ‘Game of Thrones’ last season, joining Jon Snow in his expedition beyond the Wall. We last saw Gendry arriving at Eastwatch-by-the-Sea, exhausted, delivering Jon’s request for aid in his battle against the White Walkers.
What exactly will the illegitimate son of Robert Baratheon add to the plot of the eighth and final season of ‘Game of Thrones?’ Joe Dempsie, the man behind the bastard, revealed in a recent interview that he’s been filming “a fair bit” for the final six episodes. Dempsie said:
“I’ve done well out of it this year, for sure. As with all these things, we never shoot in chronological order – so you might have people coming in at the beginning and at the end, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they make it all the way through!”
“For me personally, the only real hope I had for the character was just that he would be there when the reckoning came. You got the sense – even back in season 3 – that this was a show that was building towards some incredible climax, so you just wanted to be there when it all happened. Not even necessarily just from a character point-of-view, [but] from a personal point of view – to be stood there on the set when they’re making that ending… that end game. So yeah, I’m very happy to be involved and be on set for season 8.”
Gendry returned to the show after a four-year absence after he was last seen rowing away from Dragonstone island. He resurfaced working as a blacksmith in King’s Landing. While showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss had promised Dempsie that they would eventually revisit his character, the actor admittedly had his doubts, saying:
“I’m aware that David and Dan have a million-and-one things that they need to think about when they’re putting their story arcs together. It was one of the reasons why I never took for granted returning to the show at all. That was always the idea, that was what they said to me when I left at the end of season 3, but things can change and there’s so many strands they have to keep in their mind and weave together that you’re never sure.”
The actor explained there would have been no hard feelings had the showrunners decided to go in a different direction, saying:
“It wouldn’t have surprised me, and it wouldn’t have angered me at all, if they’d got to season 7 and just not really had time for Gendry. So to not only come back and have that loose end tied up, but to have been given the amount of story I got, has been great – because not everyone gets that.”
Whatever ends up happening to Gendry next year, Dempsie is just relieved that he can stop dodging questions from fans wondering where his character has gone:
“That became a fairly consistent part of my day-to-day existence for the years that I was out of the show, so it’s nice not to have to keep that particular secret! However, there’s a whole raft of new secrets that I now have to keep, so it never really lets up, the pressure to keep your mouth shut when it comes to anything to do with ‘Game of Thrones!’”
You can watch Dempsie as he stars in ‘Deep State,’ premiering April 5 on FOX. ‘
Game of Thrones’ season 8 will air on HBO and Sky Atlantic in 2019.