Season six of Game of Thrones saw the return of many long-absent characters like the Blackfish, the late Walder Frey, Benjen Stark and the Brotherhood Without Banners. But one character from the early years continues to roam unseen in the wilds of Westeros: Gendry, the illegitimate son of Robert Baratheon.
The show's version of Gendry is a composite of two characters: one named Gendry and a Baratheon bastard named Edric Storm. While the latter ends up nearly sacrificed to the Lord of Light and saved by Ser Davos Seaworth, Gendry remained with the Brotherhood Without Banners and eventually assists Brienne and Podrick during their search for Sansa and Arya.
It is possible Gendry will reconnect with the Brotherhood on the series, if only for a little payback after they sold him to Melisandre all those years ago. Well, provided Dempsie is really in Belfast to shoot scenes on the show.
At least the show is making the effort to tie up loose ends like Gendry and the Brotherhood before it enters its endgame of ice and fire. But considering how far the show has come since Ned tried to preserve Robert's bloodline, it's hard to imagine Gendry's tenuous claim to the throne will matter much to anyone.
Game of Thrones returns in the summer of 2017.