This post contains spoilers from Game Of Thrones Season 7, Episode 5. The last two seasons of Game of Thrones has been the one long bringing back of characters long left for dead, half the time so the show can kill them off. From Rickon to Osha last year, to Arya's run ins with Hotpie and Nymeria earlier in Season 7, it seems like one long reunion. But there's one character left the show hasn't brought back yet, who finally put down the oars and picked up the hammer: Gendry returns to Game Of Thrones.
It's the longest running joke among fans as to where the heck Gendry rowed off to when Davos sent him away from Dragonstone at the end of Season 3. "Still rowing!" the fans crow, as Gendry fails to turn up anywhere. Of course, the most logical place to find him -- back in Flea Bottom banging on the old anvil -- wasn't somewhere we stopped since the first season anyway, so why would we run into him? Robert's bastard could easily be hiding in plain site this whole time, because no one thought to look.
And it turns out, that's exactly what happened. It just took one man to think to look for him: Davos. And there Gendry was, right where he started, in a blacksmith's shop making weapons for the Lannisters.
Davos, of course, speaks for all of us, with the fanservice line of the week: "Thought you might still be rowing." I hope everyone sitting at home took a long drink when that was uttered.
But it speaks volumes to how much Gendry changed over the years that this isn't the life of safety he wants anymore. The Gendry we knew in Season 2 and Season 3 thought himself a lowly person, not worth much. But, knowing that he's King's Blood has changed him. And making weapons for the people that basically killed his family leaves a bad taste in his mouth. It doesn't take much to convince him to drop the tong and pick up the beautiful Baratheon war hammer he's made himself and run off to join the fun.
And while it might seem like a good idea for Gendry not to tell everyone he's the only living Baratheon in Westeros (at least at first), once Daenerys finds out, Gendry might turn into a very powerful piece on the board indeed.
The heir to the Stormlands, raised up by Dany, declaring her the rightful Queen of Westeros, when it was his own father who deposed hers. That's a propaganda coup indeed. Especially since he wields that hammer has well as his father did at the Battle of the Trident when necessary. Thor would give him high marks.