It Turns Out That Jon Snow And Gendry Are Related
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Much to our delight, ‘Game of Thrones’ fan favourite Gendry made his long-awaited return in season seven.
It transpired that since Davos Seaworth had helped him escape Dragonstone (where he was being held by Melisandre and Stannis Baratheon all the way back in season three), he’d managed to make his way back to King’s Landing, and was working as a blacksmith.
He wasn’t, however, content with serving the Lannisters, and it didn’t take long for Davos to persuade him to leave.
Gendry quickly pledged himself to join Jon Snow’s fight against the Army of the Dead, pointing out that his and Jon’s fathers – Robert Baratheon and Ned Stark, respectively – were great friends, and famously fought side by side.
This is obviously ironic, given that we now know Jon’s father wasn’t Ned Stark at all – he was actually Rhaegar Targaryen, who seriously pissed off Robert Baratheon by “kidnapping” his betrothed, Lyanna Stark. The two of them were certainly not great friends…
This information will come to light sooner rather than later (Bran Stark and Samwell Tarly both know), but luckily, Gendry will still have a reason to remain loyal to Jon Snow.
A Game of Thrones super-fan has pointed out that Jon Snow and Gendry are actually distantly related.
TIL Jon Snow is related to Gendry pic.twitter.com/5K5UxxsydK
— Larry Bartleet (@larrybartleet) June 29, 2017
Basically, Robert Baratheon’s grandmother, Rhaelle, was actually a Targaryen. She was the daughter of Aegon V, and sister of Jaehaerys II (who was Daenerys and Rhaegar’s grandfather, and therefore Jon’s great-grandfather).
That means that Jon Snow and Gendry share a great-great-grandfather (Aegon V), and are actually fourth cousins.
This arguably makes Gendry the ideal person to sit on the Iron Throne. He has both Targaryen and Baratheon blood, meaning that he should appease both Robert Baratheon loyalists, and those who never stopped supporting the Targaryen bloodline.
Could Game of Thrones end with Gendry on the Iron Throne?
Let us know what you think in the comments!
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