WARNING: The following article contains spoilers from Game of Thrones season eight, episode one.
Game of Thrones fans were left questioning showrunners D.B Weiss and David Benioff when Gendry (played by Joe Dempsie) disappeared from screens for three seasons.
After the Onion Knight, Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham), rescued him from Melisandre’s (Carice van Houtem) clutches and told him to row back to King’s Landing, fans believed he’d gone for good.
But luckily, he made a return in season seven to help Jon Snow (Kit Harington) with his mission to capture a wight beyond The Wall.
Now, actor Joe has hinted there was a particular reason the showrunners chose to bring him back at that time.
Speaking at the Radio Times and BFI Festival, Joe explained: “Everyone has this attachment to their characters and we’r getting drip fed information at the same rate viewers are but just a little bit earlier than you are because we get the scripts.
“But in terms of certain really key pieces of information about where your character came from and what made him the person he is today, they are being really drip fed so you have all these questions you want answered to.”
Joe continued: “I mean, season seven for Gendry was clearly about getting him back into the story, just get him back in, get him involved, and start moving all these chess pieces in order so we can get started with season eight with a bang.”
In the first episode of season eight, Gendry could be seen working in the forge at Winterfell as he prepared for the war against the dead.
Did the showrunners bring him back simply to help make Dragonglass weapons or is there a much bigger plan for him?
Either way, it seems Gendry is back for an important reason and is set to play a big part in the final run.
The actor also revealed he auditioned for four other roles on the HBO series before he was offered the part of Gendry.
He commented: “Well Jon Snow initially because when they were casting for the pilot I think pretty much every actor of a certain age went in for it.
“And then it was about 18 months after that that they eventually got commissioned for a full series so I audited for Pip and Grenn, Jon’s mates at The Wall – didn’t get either of them.
“And I was just thinking, they are convinced I’m the worst actor on the planet. And then my final audition for Gendry was potentially the worst audition I’ve ever done.”
Meanwhile, fans are certain they have worked out how the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) will be defeated ahead of the show’s end.
In the first instalment, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) could be seen handing Gendry a drawing of a weapon made up of two components.
The sketch for the weapon showed one of the components would be made of Dragonglass – which can kill wights and White Walkers.
Will Arya be the one to murder the leader of the dead and put an end to the threat from the North?
Game of Thrones season eight continues Sundays on HBO and is simulcast on Sky Atlantic in the UK.