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A Song of Ice and Fire character
Game of Thrones
Gendry-Joe Dempsie.jpg
Joe Dempsie as Gendry
First appearance
Created by George R. R. Martin
Portrayed by Joe Dempsie
(Game of Thrones)
  • The Bull
  • Ser Gendry of the hollow hill
  • Clovis (TV series)
Gender Male
Family House Baratheon
Kingdom The Crownlands

Gendry is a fictional character in the A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels by American author George R. R. Martin, and its television adaptation, Game of Thrones.[1] He is a non-POV character, first appearing in 1996's A Game of Thrones, and subsequently appeared in A Clash of Kings (1998), A Storm of Swords (2000) and A Feast for Crows (2005). Gendry is an apprentice blacksmith in King's Landing, and an unacknowledged bastard of King Robert Baratheon.

Gendry is portrayed by English actor Joe Dempsie in the HBO television adaptation.[2][3][4] He and the rest of the cast were nominated for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2014.

Character description[edit]

Gendry was born in King's Landing and is one of sixteen bastard children of King Robert Baratheon.[5] He is portrayed as tall and very muscled, having blue eyes and thick black hair, very similar to his biological father Robert[6][7] and uncle Renly in their youth (Brienne of Tarth once almost mistook him for Renly for a moment). He is stubborn and easily confused.

Gendry never knew who his father was. His mother was a worker at an alehouse and died when he was still a young boy, and all he remembers of her was that she had blond hair. Later on, Tobho Mott, a master armourer from Qohor, was offered double the customary fee by a "lord" with concealed identity to take Gendry in as an apprentice, but accepted him for free after being impressed by the boy's physique. Gendry turns out to be a talented apprentice, and likes to spend time polishing a bull head helmet that he proudly made for himself, which earned him the nickname "Bull" by Arya Stark.[citation needed]

Novel storylines[edit]

A coat of arms showing a black stag on a yellow field.
Coat of arms of House Baratheon

Gendry is not a point of view character in the novels, and his actions are witnessed and interpreted primarily through the eyes of Arya Stark, as well as some descriptions from Eddard Stark and Brienne of Tarth.[8] He is one of the four surviving biological children (along with Mya Stone, Edric Storm and Bella Rivers) of King Robert.

A Game of Thrones[edit]

In his investigation about the death of Jon Arryn, Eddard Stark meets several people who had met with Arryn shortly before his death. One of them is Gendry, who was sought by both Jon Arryn and Stannis Baratheon. Eddard immediately recognizes Gendry as Robert Baratheon's bastard child, and tells Tobho Mott that if Gendry ever shows interest in military service, he is to be sent directly to Eddard. Gendry has shown promise as a blacksmith and made a helmet in the shape of a bull. Eddard compliments the helmet, offering to purchase it, but Gendry refuses, to the shame of his master.

A Clash of Kings[edit]

After Eddard Stark's political fall and eventual execution, Varys makes arrangements for the Night's Watch recruiter Yoren to take Gendry to the Wall in order to ensure his safety. Gendry travels north with Yoren and thirty other recruits including Lommy Greenhands, Hot Pie and a disguised Arya Stark. Not far from King's Landing they are stopped by several gold cloaks from the City Watch, who demand that Yoren give up Gendry as he is wanted by Queen Regent Cersei Lannister. Yoren refuses, and chases off the gold cloaks with his recruits.

Later, near an abandoned holdfast by the God's Eye, the recruits are attacked by soldiers led by Ser Amory Lorch. Yoren is killed in the fight, and Gendry along with Arya, Lommy and Hot Pie, escapes through a secret tunnel. Whilst on a reconnaissance run with Arya, Gendry confronts her about her true gender and identity. He eventually has the truth out of her and is subsequently embarrassed by how crass he had spoken to her when she was in fact highborn. Gendry is later captured by soldiers led by Ser Gregor Clegane, but is spared from death since a blacksmith is useful as a slave laborer. After Lannister man at arms, Polliver, kills the injured Lommy, they are taken to Harrenhal, where Gendry works as a smith. When Arya decides to escape from Harrenhal, however, she persuades Gendry and Hot Pie to join her.

A Storm of Swords[edit]

While wandering around the Riverlands looking for the direction of Riverrun, Arya, Gendry and Hot Pie are captured by the Brotherhood without Banners, led by a resurrected Beric Dondarrion. At the Peach brothel in Stoney Sept, Gendry declines sleeping with Bella, but later gets into argument with Arya out of jealousy against Beric's squire Edric Dayne, who approached and talked with Arya claiming to be Jon Snow's milk brother. Gendry is later impressed with Thoros of Myr's description of the ideals of the brotherhood, and decides to join them. He is knighted by Beric, thus becoming Ser Gendry, knight of the hollow hill.

A Feast for Crows[edit]

While questing to find Sansa Stark, Brienne of Tarth encounters Gendry working as a smith at the Inn at the Crossroads along with a group of orphans, and is shocked by his striking resemblance to the late Renly Baratheon. Gendry has become a follower of R'hllor at this point. At the inn, Brienne encounters and duels with Rorge and slays him, only to be savaged by Biter. Gendry saves Brienne's life by driving a spear through Biter's neck.

Television adaptation[edit]

Joe Dempsie plays the role of Gendry in the television series Game of Thrones.

Gendry is played by Joe Dempsie in the television adaption of the series of books.[7][9] Explaining how he got cast for the role:

When I was cast as Gendry, I didn't have any of the physical attributes the part required. I was astounded that I got the role, to be honest. But David and Dan said, "We need to die [sic] his hair black ... and it'd be great you hit the gym before we start filming." So I was told to get in shape.[10]

Dempsie has received positive reviews for his performance as Gendry in the television series. He and the rest of the cast were nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series in 2014.[11][12]

First season[edit]

Eddard tells the smith that if Gendry ever shows interest in wielding a sword to send him to Eddard. Gendry shows promise as a smith and makes a helmet in the shape of a bull's head; Eddard compliments the helmet, offering to purchase it. Gendry refuses, to the shame of the master smith. After Eddard Stark's fall and eventual execution, arrangements are made for Yoren of the Night's Watch to take Gendry to the Wall with him.

Second season[edit]

He travels North with Yoren and other recruits, including Arya, Lommy Greenhands, Hot Pie and Jaqen H'ghar. During their journey, they are stopped by the Goldcloaks, who demand that Yoren give up Gendry as King Joffrey wants all of his father's bastards killed, but they are forced to leave by Yoren. Later, Gendry reveals to Arya that he knew all along that she was a girl disguised as a boy, and is surprised to learn she is Arya, Ned Stark's daughter. After the Goldcloaks get help from Ser Amory Lorch and his men who kill Yoren, Gendry's life is saved by Arya when she lies to the Goldcloaks that Lommy, who was killed during the attack, was Gendry. Gendry and the rest of the recruits are sent to Harrenhal where Ser Gregor Clegane arbitrarily has many of the prisoners tortured and killed. Gendry was about to suffer this fate but is saved by the arrival of Lord Tywin Lannister, who chides Clegane's men for their reckless behavior. Thanks to Jaqen, Arya, Gendry and Hot Pie are able to escape Harrenhal.

Third season[edit]

As they head towards the Riverlands, the group encounters the Brotherhood Without Banners, a group of Outlaws that defend the weak. Inspired, he decides to join the Brotherhood but is betrayed by them when they sell him to Lady Melisandre as ordered by the Lord of Light. Melisandre later reveals to Gendry that King Robert was his father and she is bringing him to meet his uncle, King Stannis. But in truth, Melisandre and Stannis plan to use his blood in a magic ritual to create a death curse on the usurpers to his throne, Joffrey, Robb, and Balon Greyjoy. Before they can sacrifice him, Davos Seaworth helps Gendry escape and puts him on a boat to King's Landing. Unable to swim or row, Gendry is nevertheless convinced that the Red Woman has a surer death in store for him, and Davos asks him to "have a bowl'o brown for me" when returning to Flea Bottom.[13]

Seventh season[edit]

Gendry returns to working as a blacksmith in King's Landing; although he reasons that the Lannisters will not think to look for him in the city, he grates at having to manufacture weapons for their army. In the years after his escape from Dragonstone, a series of events result in the deaths of the rest of House Baratheon, leaving Gendry as the only person with Baratheon heritage.

Gendry is sought by Davos, who wants his assistance in the coming war against the White Walkers, and Gendry leaps at the chance of escaping his life armoring his enemies. After meeting King in the North Jon Snow, and bonding over their status as the bastards of Robert Baratheon and (allegedly) Ned Stark respectively, they head north to Eastwatch-by-the-Sea. He, along with Jon, Tormund Giantsbane, Sandor Clegane, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr and Jorah Mormont head beyond the Wall to retrieve a wight to present as evidence to Cersei Lannister of the impending White Walker invasion, with Davos remaining at Eastwatch. Gendry stills resents Beric and Thoros for selling him, until he is silenced by Clegane. The group manages to capture a lone wight, but Jon realises that the rest of the wights are approaching and orders Gendry to run back to Eastwatch to send a raven to Daenerys Targaryen requesting her assistance. After running all day, Gendry collapses from exhaustion outside Eastwatch, but is rescued by Davos and a group of wildlings and manages to tell them of Jon's warning.



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