'Game of Thrones' star speaks out on reports of multiple endings being filmed for the show
On Game of Thrones, Joe Dempsie plays Gendry, a talented blacksmith and the bastard son of King Robert Baratheon. For the first three seasons, he was a pretty prominent character, journeying from King's Landing to Harrenhal to Dragonstone. In the season three finale, Davos sent him away on a rowboat, in order to save him from being sacrificed by Stannis and Melisandre. Then we didn't see him again for four seasons. Four seasons!
Fans wondered what happened to the character, and joked that he was still rowing, on the longest boat trip ever. "Where is Gendry?" became a meme, and some people worried the writers would never bring him back. But lo and behold, in season 7, Gendry made his triumphant return! And he looked pretty ripped. All that rowing made for a good workout.
As Game of Throne approaches its final season, Gendry is once again a major player. Last season he joined Jon Snow and his suicide squad on a quest to steal a White Walker. (And of course, his weapon of choice in battle was a warhammer.) Nobody knows what will happen next, because HBO's been keeping their production top secret. Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys, says she thinks things were secretly filmed without her knowing. And rumor has it they're shooting multiple fake endings to make sure no spoilers leak.
In an appearance at Con of Thrones, an annual convention devoted to Game of Thrones, Dempsie responded to the rumors. Are they really filming multiple fake endings, to keep everything secret? "I think that's the point," Dempsie told Insider. "So the level of my understanding of what's happening is that that's my level of understand what's happening."
But like Jon Snow, Dempsie might know nothing. There's a chance that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are even keeping him in the dark. "I think we just don't really know," explained Dempsie. "I think I know how it ends. But I don't know that I know." Well, I don't know if I believe that he doesn't know that he knows. You know?
Sibel Kekilli, who played Shae on Game of Thrones, also appeared at the convention. She said that during the sixth season, the showrunners asked her to walk around the set in costume, just to prank the paparazzi. Her character was originally killed at the end of season four, but the photos tricked some people into thinking she was returning." I think the only real way to guard against spoilers is to have some fun, really," said Dempsie.
Recently Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo? The actor recently shared a photo of himself with the showrunners, having Guinness in Ireland. Although the character died in season one, fans speculated that maybe he was coming back. Or maybe, like the prank with Shae, this is all a prank to throw people off the trail.
We do know one thing for sure: Joe Dempsie wrapped filming on Game of Thrones "for good" last week. I hope in Gendry's last scene, he sails off in a rowboat.