New Theory Suggests Cersei Could Be Gendry’s Real Mother
When we last saw our favorite blacksmith, he was rowing away from Dragonstone at the end of Game of Thrones Season 3. Having disappeared from our screens, but not from our hearts, Gendry's return in Season 7 has been hoped for by fans and hinted at by spoilers...
Note: The television series has not always been true to George R. R. Martin's books, and this theory is based off of evidence primarily from the show.
If we refer back to the book series, we can see that the Gendry created for TV is a mix of the storyline of the Gendry from the novels and that of Edric Storm, one of King Robert Baratheon's bastards.
Although this doesn't mean much on its own, it could be a sign that the made-for-TV Gendry has some relation to the Lannister-Baratheon family.
Get ready, we're going to go deep: it's not proven (yet), but Gendry may return to Season 7 to find out that Cersei Lannister is his mother.
Back in season 1, Cersei, visiting Catelyn and her newly paralyzed son, mentions that she had a son before Joffrey, a "black-haired beauty," implying that this was Robert's son and that he died shortly after his birth.
However she also tells Catelyn that she never visited the crypt, a seemingly odd choice considering the passion we know she holds for her children.
This may suggest that her "black-haired beauty" never really died, but left her life in some other way.
When Ned Stark meets Gendry in "Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things," he is convinced that the boy is Robert's bastard son. Gendry himself never knew his parents, but tells Ned that his mother "had yellow hair." Remind you of anyone close to Robert Baratheon?
So let's say Gendry is actually Cersei and Robert's only legitimate child - how and why was he sent away?
Cersei never had a particularly good relationship with her husband; she makes it clear that she is disgusted by the thought of raising Robert's children, and that the prospect of the child of her twin brother is much more appealing.
In Season 3 Jaime makes sure to mention Cersei's loyalty to her new fiancé, Loras Tyrell:
"If you were to marry Cersei, she'd murder you in your sleep. If you somehow managed to put a child in her first, she'd murder him too."
It seems that Cersei isn't too friendly to children who aren't purely Lannisters, and this may have been enough of a motive for her to send Gendry away to be raised by someone else.
How did she manage this?
We know that Robert was never present for the births of "his" children; Cersei tells Sansa in "A Man Without Honor" that anytime she was close to giving birth, Robert would run off on a hunting trip.
Planned baby-swaps have happened before in Westeros; Varys (surprise, surprise) claims to have switch Rhaegar Targaryen's son with another baby before the family was killed.
It would also make sense for Gendry to have had some sort of inside connection to the royal family, as he secured his blacksmith apprenticeship with Master Mott after a mysterious man paid him extra to take the boy in.
Not only does this sound like something Varys would do, it may be an action taken by Cersei to make sure her son is at least looked after by someone in King's Landing, if not by her.
One last thing: when Joffrey hears of Robert's flock of bastard children, he orders them all to be killed; but before this can happen, Gendry is sent away to the Night's Watch for seemingly no reason. Could it be that someone knew of Joffrey's plan and sent Gendry away for his protection? If so, this person would have to be either Cersei or Varys, as by this point both Ned and Robert are dead.
Game of Thrones returns to HBO on July 16th, and Gendry may be returning along with it.