Four long years after he was put in a little boat in Dragonstone, dear sweet Gendry returned in Season Seven of Game of Thrones. When his character returned last year, actor Joe Dempsie told me his character has a lot in common with Jon Snow. “He sees in Jon Snow someone he has a lot of shared experience and common ground with, and a bond might be formed through that. With their fathers being best of friends, there’s opportunity to form a friend in Jon Snow,” he told me. “Added to that is over the intervening period since he’s learned from Melisandre of his true lineage, I think that he allowed himself to become a little proud of it. It’s like finally he has something he can hook onto, something that gives him a sense of where he’s from and who he is. And so he’s got a bit gassed about it—he’s even made himself a warhammer with the Stag on it.”
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It certainly all does seem neatly tied together, but, there might be even more to it than just coincidence, as is revealed in George R.R. Martin’s new book Fire & Blood. The history of the Targaryen house reveals the origins of the Baratheons. Though it had only been previously rumored, this historical text reveals early on that the bastard founder of the house Orys Baratheon “was a baseborn half-brother to Lord Aegon, it was whispered.”
This means that Targaryen blood flows in the veins of the Baratheon line, the last of which is our boy Gendry.
But beyond revealing the origins of the Baratheon line, Fire & Blood also fills in the history of another important figure named Hugh the Hammer. Here’s the description of another bastard who eventually becomes a lord:
The son of a common blacksmith, Hammer was a huge man, with hands so strong that he was said to be able to twist steel bars into torcs. Though largely untrained in the art of war, his size and strength made him a fearsome foe. His weapon of choice was the warhammer, with which he delivered crushing, killing blows. In battle he rode Vermithor, once the mount of the Old King himself; of all the dragons in Westeros, only Vhagar was older or larger. For all these reasons, Lord Hammer (as he now styled himself) began to dream of crowns. “Why be a lord when you can be a king?” he told the men who began to gather round him. And talk was heard in camp of a prophecy of ancient days that said, “When the hammer shall fall upon the dragon, a new king shall arise, and none shall stand before him.” Whence came these words remains a mystery (not from Hammer himself, who could neither read nor write), but within a few days every man at Tumbleton had heard them.
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What’s important here is not only that Hugh can ride dragons—usually a good sign of Targaryen blood—but also the prophecy. Though it’s not attributed to anyone in particular, it certainly sounds like some dude will kill a dragon with a hammer.
Let’s look at another description of Hugh the Hammer that again mentions this prophecy.
Though Hammer’s ambition was unseemly in one born so low, the bastard undeniably possessed some Targaryen blood and had proved himself fierce in battle and open-handed to those who followed him, displaying the sort of largesse that draws men to leaders as a corpse draws flies. They were the worst sort of men, to be sure: sellswords, robber knights, and like rabble, men of tainted blood and uncertain birth who loved battle for its own sake and lived for rapine and plunder. Many had heard the prophecy that the hammer would smash the dragon, and took it to mean that Hard Hugh’s triumph was foreordained.
What’s important to note here is the description of a bastard of Targaryen blood rising from a low-born status to conquer a king.
Does this sound like anyone to you?
That’s right. Good sweet Gendry is a bastard blacksmith who is secretly of Baratheon (and therefore Targaryen) blood. This means Gendry can almost certainly ride one of Daenerys’ dragons, and might also be the one to fulfill this prophecy.
What’s important to remember about Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire is that history always repeats itself. Learning from the past is the best way to be prepared for what’s going to come in the future.
Now, here is me just theorizing here, but it’s largely believed that Gendry has the ability to forge dragonglass into weapons—the very weapons that can kill White Walkers. So, let’s just assume that he uses this knowledge to build himself a shiny dragonglass hammer. As we saw in Season Seven of Game of Thrones, the White Walkers were able to turn one of Daenerys’ dragons into a White Walker dragon. Presumably, Gendry might be able to kill a dragon with a white walker hammer, completing the prophecy and killing not just any king, but the Night King himself.
I’ll now go crawl back into my parents’ basement.