When fans were first introduced to Gendry in Game of Thrones, it was Season 1 and Ned Stark was investigating the legitimacy of Robert Baratheon’s “children” with Cersei Lannister. 

During their conversation, Gendry (played by Joe Dempsie) told Ned that he was also approached by the former Hand of the King, Jon Arryn, and that he doesn’t remember his mother, only that she had blonde hair. 

This tidbit, along with the reveal that the young man is actually Robert Baratheon’s bastard, turned Gendry from a simple blacksmith apprentice with a bull’s head helmet to a possible contender for the Iron Throne. 

Along the way, fans have come up with plenty of theories to fill in the gaps when it comes to who Gendry’s mother really is — could it be Cersei Lannister herself? — and if Gendry will be sitting on the Iron Throne by the end of the HBO series. 

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