Last week's episode of Game of Thrones featured our first major battle of Season 7, as "The Battle of the Greyjoys" ended with Theon throwing himself overboard into the drink. How will he be rescued? Did Theon just throw himself overboard to drown in the murky waters of the Dornish coast? Or will someone paddle on by in their little rowboat? In short: Does Gendry save Theon on Game Of Thrones?
Stop laughing! Yes, it's sort of ridiculous, but think about how many fan service type things David Benioff and Dan Weiss have written into the show these last couple of years. From the Hound bringing up his love of chicken to Thoros and Beric last season, to Olenna shutting down the Sand Snakes.
Heck, one could say the return of both Hot Pie and Nymeria this past week were both fan service. Arya is retracing her steps back to Winterfell, and as she does, she is greeted by companions past, ones that fans have always wanted to know what happened to.
And we know almost for a fact Gendry will be back this season, as Joe Dempsie, who plays him, turned up at the Game of Thrones premiere in Los Angeles.
Now personally, I believe it's because his Baratheon bastard status is going to come in very useful to Daenerys Targaryen. I mean, how big a political coup is it for her to be able to say that the head of House Baratheon is backing her claim to the Iron Throne over Cersei Lannister? Especially since (until Tommen committed suicide), that's the House that technically ruled the Seven Kingdoms?
But that doesn't mean Gendry's just going to randomly show up out of the blue in Dany's throne room, with no explanation of how he got from Dragonstone in a boat... back to Dragonstone... without a boat.
Most assumed he would somehow be found in King's Landing (by Melisandre? or Davos?) and smuggled back to the castle he was once told never to return to. But how big a troll job would it be if the way the writers chose to bring him back in that damn dingy, rowing on by, picking up Theon, and delivering him back to Dany, only to find himself promoted to the Head of House Baratheon as a thank you?
You groan, but I wouldn't put it past Benioff and Weiss to do just that.