Game of Thrones Season 7 Gendry Theories (Really Just Wishful Thinking)

Self loves the Gendry thread on Twitter. It is the most “fun” thread of all the different GoT character threads. Mostly because of the intensity of the viewers’ frustrations.

Likely the reason the showrunners brought Gendry back is because this and next season will be about battles. Self doesn’t mind seeing how mild-mannered, loyal blacksmith Gendry morphs into this fierce warrior. Any excuse to see Gendry in the series is great. So, battles, huh? She’ll take what she can get. Self will make this prediction: When — not if, when — Gendry finally puts on that bull helmet, the internet will just go wild.

Remember when Ned Stark visited the smithy, way back in Season 1, and Gendry refused to give it up? Self likes to think that D & D had this master plan for Gendry, from the very beginning. That D & D always planned to use the helmet as a red herring. Which makes them seem genius.

But, she also has a sinking feeling: because the longer it takes to get Gendry on-screen, the more his significance as a character is reduced. If he comes in during Episode 4 or 5, all he’ll be doing is helping Jon Stark prepare for war. (Which is why scenes like the one with Ed Sheeran and the puppy-ish Lannister soldiers was so excruciating.)

Self has been re-watching Season 3, Gendry’s scenes with Melisandre. Her telling Arya, “We will meet again” and telling Gendry, “You will make kings rise and fall” and “Haven’t you ever wondered where your strength came from?” Season 3 was so very, very promising — for Gendry, for Arya, for Melisandre, for Stannis, for Brienne, for Jaime.

Digression: There were other things about Season 3. Remember the hot tub scene that launched a thousand Brienne/Jaime ships? Remember the fight with the bear? Amazing to think: all of that happened in Season 3. Season 3 was really the last time the show focused so closely on these particular characters, and they were her favorite. After, it all got complicated and angst-y. We watched Danaerys’s (entirely predictable) rise and rise. Gendry disappeared.

Now Gendry’s return might simply be nothing more than a sign that the series has entered the mop-up stage. There’s definitely a bittersweet quality to his return.

She hopes there will eventually be a confrontation between Melisandre and Arya, and that Gendry is right there for it. Melisandre took Gendry and Arya turned into an assassin. The sweet girl Gendry used to know is no more. This is such a heartbreaking development. Each one of Arya’s kills comes at such great cost — to herself. Self keeps being reminded of the quote (she forgets the source): When you pursue the path of vengeance, dig two graves.

In revenge, self hopes Melisandre morphs into that weird crone thing that’s been popping up on Instagram, and self hopes it happens in front of Gendry and Arya’s disbelieving, horrified eyes. The transformation will be so powerful. Those three actors would act the heck out of such a scene: they’re all so great.

Stay tuned.

 

 

USA Today Review of Game of Thrones S7 Ep. 1: I FEEL This

from Kelly Lawler’s review in USA Today, 16 July 2017:

Game of Thrones returned for its seventh season Sunday with expectations higher than ever, following a strong, forward-moving Season 6. It seemed like we were in for something bombastic in the premiere, titled Dragonstone, after the ancestral home of Daenerys Targaryen, one of the series’ more fiery characters. But while Thrones moved at a speedy pace last season — and now has just 12 seasons in total — the episode played out like the slow-moving and exposition-heavy premieres of seasons past. And there isn’t really time for that, not anymore.

Sure, viewers were treated to an opening scene soaked in the blood of the entire Frey family. But they also sat through an almost agonizingly unsubtle Ed Sheeran cameo, monologues from minor characters and overlong meetings. And even Arya’s mass murder felt like an unnecessary extension of a better scene in the Season 6 finale. Who knew the epic story of Westeros had this kind of time?

And that’s self’s beef, too. They had time to give Euron Greyjoy a sexy make-over and they forgot about Gendry? He’s plenty sexy enough, no need to sexy up Euron. Or even develop Euron. It’s the penultimate season. Do we have time for this? Do we even have time for Missandei/Grey Worm hook-up? (Hope it’s over in five minutes; that part of the story feels so blatantly fan service)

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

Game of Thrones Season 7 Ep. 1: Fashion and Other Minutiae

Wins:

  • Cersei’s leather top
  • Snow. Hard, blowing snow. When Sandor buries the family. Repentance!
  • Wun Wun is a wight!
  • Arya’s eyebrows are still the best!
  • Squirrel on a stick — campfire gourmet!
  • Dany’s lone walk across the beach — I kept expecting Gendry to pop up, but other than that, it was a great moment.
  • Brienne, as always, in any scene, kills.

Fails:

  • Knowing Sam’s poop/slop-like-poop scene was coming (from perusing last night’s Twitter feeds), I avoided looking at the screen just at this moment.
  • Euron rigged up with clothes more be-fitting a rock star than a warrior. He’s too pretty-looking.
  • GoT loves profanity but for some reason last night’s seemed (and I am including Cersei’s cold-blooded speech which seemed strangely empty, vacuous, BLANK, even with her use of the “c” word) pretty limp. Or perhaps I was just in a bad mood because I had watched vid of Gendry x Arya: “Pull your cock out and take a piss” and that, methinks, is an excellent use of another “c” word.

Meh:

  • Ed Sheeran needs a spray tan. Other than that, his moment with Arya was the sweetest of the episode.
  • Podric as the new Gendry: I’ll take what I can get.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

 

Gendry

Gendry to the Red Woman aka Melisandre: “I’m just a bastard.”

Melisandre: “Not just any bastard. Your father was Robert of the House Baratheon.”

Damn right!

Two more days!

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Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

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