Where In The World Is Gendry On Game Of Thrones?

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If there's one thing Game Of Thrones has in abundance, it's handsome British men with brown hair. In fact, there are so many, it's easy to get them all confused. And it's even easier to forget about other ones entirely. That's what happened to early Thrones standout, Gendry (Joe Dempsie).
The character disappeared in season 3 finale "Mhysa" and hasn't been seen or heard from since. Now, it seems Gendry might reappear in season 7. In October 2016, very determined paparazzi captured the Thrones cast filming in Europe. Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) seem to be tied up, as a man swinging a war hammer saves them. That mystery man looks an awful lot like Gendry, whose father Robert Baratheon also wielded the same weapon.
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With Gendry's rumored return right around the corner, we thought the world needed a refresher course on who exactly he is, why he matters, and where in the Seven Hells he's been for the last four years. Scroll through the gallery for all the details you definitely forgot regarding Westeros' most powerful bastard.
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The Basics First: Who Is Gendry?

Gendry is the bastard son of Game Of Thrones’ first king, Robert Baratheon. In the early episodes of the series, everyone knew Robert (Mark Addy) loved a brothel more than Benvolio on Still Star-Crossed, so the royal ended up fathering many bastards. Most of those illegitimate children were murdered by Lannister guards in season 2 premiere "The North Remembers," since the newly-crowned King Joffrey was terrified the bastards would have a better claim to the throne than him and his incestuous parentage.

Because of this, Gendry ends up becoming the sole surviving Baratheon bastard. Which is how we end up meeting the young blacksmith’s apprentice.
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How Did We Happen Upon Gendry?

All the way back in season 1, Ned Stark (Sean Bean) was trying to figure out what the previous Hand, Jon Arryn, was up to before he died. The Stark patriarch’s detective work brings him to a smithy deep in King’s Landing, which Arryn frequented for an unknown reason. The shop’s owner explains the Hand never bought anything and only wanted to see "the boy." Of course, "the boy" is Gendry, who explains Arryn's visits centered around questions about the young man’s mother. After looking into Gendry's crystal blue eyes, Ned realizes he’s Robert’s son. This all happens in the aptly titled "Cripples, Bastards, and Broken Things."

After Robert’s death, we find out Gendry’s blacksmith master forced him to join the motley crew of men leaving King’s Landing to join the Night’s Watch up North. While Gendry believe it’s because the man got "sick" of him, it was far more likely the blacksmith wanted to protect his apprentice from Joffrey. It just so happens Arya "Arry" Stark is on this trip to Castle Black too, following her father’s execution.
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Then What Happened To Gendry?

Gendry and Arya become quite close during their journey North throughout seasons 2 and 3, with the king’s son eventually finding out Arry The Orphan Boy is actually Arya Of House Stark, Sister Of The King In The North. He even calls her "his lady" and it’s painfully cute.

Although the Night’s Watch recruits never make it to their destination of Castle Black, they do end up serving Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) during his time at Harrenhal, one of Westeros’ most massive castles. After escaping from the Lannister’s clutches — thankfully without anyone realizing Arya’s true identity — the pair is captured by the Brotherhood Without Banners. When Stannis Baratheon’s right hand woman Melisandre (Carice van Houten) shows up with two bags of gold, the Brotherhood quickly sells Gendry to her, no questions asked, in season 3’s "The Climb."

This is when things get weird….
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What Happened To Gendry At Dragonstone?

In the back-half of season 3, Melisandre and Gendry head back to Stannis Baratheon’s hold-out of Dragonstone, which was formerly a Targaryen palace. She finally tells the young man his father is the dead king Robert and he almost passes out. When they finally arrive at the castle, Melisandre seduces her new captive, tossing his shirt off before getting totally naked herself. The red priestess explains the Westerosi gods The Seven have done nothing for Gendry, but the Lord Of Light is here for him.

When they start having sex, Gendry is very into everything until Melisandre ties him to the bedpost. He’s not sure if that’s just her Thing, so he doesn’t really question it that much. Then she binds his feet to the bed post, so he knows something is very, very wrong. So enough, she’s throwing leeches on him and it’s clear no more sex will be had. Instead, the Red Woman is waxing poetic about the blood of kings and dropping a leech on his erect penis, ignoring Gendry’s screams. FYI, this is how Gendry lost his virginity.

Melisandre throws the kings blood-filled leeches into her fire, praying for the deaths of the "usurper" kings like Joffrey "Baratheon," Balon Greyjoy of the Iron Islands, and the perfect Robb Stark. When news of Robb’s murder reaches Dragonstone, Stannis (Stephen Dillane) decides the blood magic definitely worked and it’s time to sacrifice all of Gendry’s blood in a big old bonfire murder.
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How Does Gendry Survive?

Robert’s hand Davos Seaworth doesn’t agree with this insane plot and frees Gendry after they have a heart-to-heart in the Dragonstone dungeons. Both men are originally from King’s Landing’s poorest neighborhood — Flea Bottom — and they’ve found themselves trapped amid "high born" drama. So, Davos breaks Gendry out, gives him a row boat to escape, and tells him to keep rowing until he reaches King’s Landing.

Gendry hops in the boat and rides off into the very misty non-sunset, marking the last time we see him.
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Is Gendry Still Rowing?

If you ask Joe Dempsie, the answer is yes.

If you ask very observant people in the Belfast airport, which is extremely close to Game Of Thrones filming locations, the answer is no.
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