Game of Thrones' sixth season is quickly becoming the season of returns. Thus far, we've already seen Benjen Stark, the Hound, Beric Dondarrion, Thoros of Myr, Walder Frey and Edmure Tully resurface after seasons off-screen.
The bastard son of Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), Gendry hasn't been seen since Davos (Liam Cunningham) helped him escape Dragonstone in Season 3. So where is Gendry and what is he up to? Here are our theories.
1. Hiding out in Flea Bottom until he claims the Iron Throne: According to Westerosi law, a bastard may inherit if his father has no other trueborn children. And while Tommen isn't technically a trueborn, he is the last known (alleged) heir to Robert Baratheon. So if Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman) dies, as we suspect he will, Gendry could easily step up and make a claim for the Iron Throne as the last of Robert's living children. Although, after everything Gendry has been through, we doubt he has any interest in political leadership.
2. Rowing the Trident: Maybe Gendry decided to take his rowboat and explore the most extensive river network in Westeros. If so, it's possible that he'll bump into Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Pod, who just so happen to be rowing around that region right now.
3. Making the Sons of the Harpy masks in Slavers Bay: Gendry makes the coolest helmets, so why not put those skills to use making the coolest metal masks? Sure, they're for a terrible, clandestine pro-slavery group, but Gendry needs to make a living somehow, right?
4. Rowing around the Fingers: If Gendry just wants to be left alone, but is reluctant to travel too far from home, the Fingers would be a nice compromise. No one really cares about the five peninsulas, including Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen), who was raised on the smallest of them (hence the nickname).
5. Learning how to forge Valyrian Steel in Old Town: If Jon (Kit Harington) really wants to take on the White Walkers, he's going to need a lot of Valyrian steel to arm his men. It's possible Sam (John Bradley) will learn how to forge Valyrian Steel during his research at the Citadel, leading him to look for a blacksmith to test his theory. If Gendry has settled in Old Town, the two could easily team up and make weapons for the upcoming White Walkers war.
Adding serious weight to this option is the fact that Gendry apprenticed under Tobho Mott, who knew how to smith Valyrian steel in the books. That means it's possible that Gendry already has the knowledge, and just needs the inspiration to put it to use.
6. Rowing the Jade Sea: If you're going to hide out, you might as well do it somewhere profitable. The Jade Sea near Essos is a great spot for traders, so Gendry could make a good living smithing there.
7. Taking on the Aegon role in Volantis: Once again, Gendry probably just wants to be left alone. But if something inspires him to crave power, it's feasible that Gendry could fulfill the role that Aegon/Young Griff does in the books. As the alleged son of a king, Gendry could gather an army to lead yet another war in Westeros to claim his birthright.
8. Rowing the Smoking Sea: Gendry has terrible luck, so we wouldn't be surprised if he accidentally found himself rowing around the ill-omened sea where Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Jorah (Iain Glen) were attacked by the Stone Men.
9. Really, just rowing anywhere: At least, that's what Dempsie guessed a few years ago.
Still rowin'...#GoT— Joe Dempsie (@joedempsie) June 18, 2014
10. Being super jacked: Let's get real. If Gendry really has been rowing around this whole time, his biceps are going to be huuuuuge! Arya (Maisie Williams) will not be disappointed if they ever meet up again.