Spoilers below for the fifth episode of Game of Thrones Season 7.
Gendry is back, after the show seemingly forgot about him for four damn seasons! Robert Baratheon’s bastard was Arya’s first and most loving road-trip buddy in Seasons 2 and 3. He then had an unfortunate encounter with Melisandre and her sex magic. All hope seemed lost for Gendry, as Meliandre and Stannis threw him in the dungeon at Dragonstone, which was Stannis’s stomping grounds at the time.
But then Davos, Universal Dad of Westeros, set him free, much in the same way that Jaime freed Tyrion from jail at the end of Season 4. Davos put Gendry in a row boat and wished him luck. That was his last appearance on the show, way back in Season 3. Needless to say, when he finally showed up again in Season 7, Game of Thrones fans had strong reactions to his return.
Many fans were just glad to see him back on their screens
Most fans loved his interaction with Jon Snow and their bonding over their father’s friendship and bastard status.
People were really into his connection with Jon
Some were more into his connection with Arya, even though they have not yet reunited since Season 3
Some were just hyped about his newfound hammer skills
Some pointed out the irony in his bonding with Jon about their fathers’ friendship, since Gendry’s dad actually killed Jon’s real dad in battle
And some were sad the Gendry rowing meme can now be put to rest
Game of Thrones Season 7 is currently airing Sunday nights on HBO.