Gendry (Joe Dempsie) returned last season to fight alongside Jon Snow (Kit Harington) after we found out he was the bastard son of former King Robert Baratheon. Although he does not yet know he is of royal blood, the character is set to play a major role in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones.
Gendry's absence following Season 3 proved to be one of the show's biggest mysteries for quite a while until he resurfaced last year, and now many fan theories are pointing to this bastard inevitably sitting on the Iron Throne when all's said and done.
Dempsie recently spoke on his GoT character and his heavy involvement coming into the next season of HBO's most popular show, saying “I’ve done well out of it this year, for sure." The 30 year old added:
“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."
Not only did we learn Gendry is the heir to Robert Baratheon, but he is also a descendant of Rhaelle Targaryen (Robert's grandmother), making him related to Dany as well. A lot of things would have to fall into place for Gendry to get his shot at the desirable Throne, however. The Night King must be defeated, Cersei would have to be overthrown, and then Jon and Dany would have to somehow die seemingly for there to be a chance.
With Gendry possessing royal blood and the series' notoriously lucrative fan theories, it was only a matter of time before fans pointed to the possibility of Gendry ruling Westeros one day. Now, with things falling apart, civilizations under complete duress via White Walkers and overall political turmoil, it seems if there was anytime something as crazy as this could happen it would be now, during this chaotic time in Westeros.
Ask any avid GoT fan- the idea of Jon, Daenerys and Cersei all dying during this war is certainly not out of the realm of possibility, not as long as George R. R. Martin is still callin' the shots!
Filming for Season 8 of HBO's Game of Thrones is currently underway and will debut sometime in 2019.