Game of Thrones fans could be in for a few surprises when the highly-anticipated eighth and final season airs in 2019.
But, hey, this is Game of Thrones we're talking about, of COURSE there will be surprises. From the day Ned Stark lost his head at the hands of Joffrey Baratheon, we've expected the unexpected from the fantasy drama series.
The latest season eight teaser to capture our attention comes courtesy of Joe Dempsie (Gendry).
The actor made some surprising statements about Daenerys Targaryen's future at the series' convention 'Con of Thrones' last week.
Joe's character, Gendry, is the 'bastard' son of King Robert Baratheon, while Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) is the daughter of King Aerys II Targaryen. Gendry's ancestors had a long history of marrying Daenerys' ancestors, before his father killed her father. You know, it's a 'casual rivalry that lasts decades' kind of thing.
The pair are finally set to cross paths in the upcoming season, and when asked what Dany would do when she meets Gendry, Joe gave a surprising answer.
""I don't know – marry him?" Joe tells Watchers on the Wall. "The thing about Dany that we're seeing is her unpredictability now – you just never know what she's going to do.
"What's this quest for further power doing to her?" the actor asks of Dany. "Sometimes I don't even know what she would do. She would just as likely marry Gendry as burn him alive."
Joe also hinted that Gendry will have a more important role in season eight, which is great news, considering he pretty much spent the last four seasons rowing a boat. Oh, the muscles he must now posses!
"He's sort of been a slow burner, hasn't he?" the 30-year-old actor amits. "For the first few seasons, I was getting itchy feet for more of a purpose for him, because he was mostly just serving as a foil for Arya. But even with those scenes, there are little nuggets that are dropped that are quite subtle.
"As the years go on, his potential significance [has become] more and more apparent, and potential is an important word," he continues.
"There's a lot of elements of his character and his parentage that make him potentially powerful or dangerous, and he's constantly learning more about himself. It's almost impossible to know where he's going to go now, based on both his 'political' clout, if he ever learns who he is, and his personality."
As such a likeable character, it seems strange to imagine Gendry overthrowing others and seizing power in the next season. However, we've certainly learned our lesson to 'never say never' when it comes to Game of Thrones.
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Game of Thrones season eight is due to air in 2019 on showcase on Foxtel.