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As any fan of Game of Thrones knows, no character is safe. Main characters can die at a moment’s notice, no matter how popular they are amongst fans. So, should we be worried about the fate of one of the show’s main heartthrobs, Gendry, in Season 4? The A Song of Ice and Fire book series provides the likely answer.

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When we last saw Gendry, he was narrowly escaping death at the hands of Melisandre. Davos risked his own life to set Gendry free, so is Gendry going to make Davos’s sacrifice worth it, or will his boat spring a leak and sink?

The short answer is that Gendry could die next season. We say he could, because we’re really not sure what’s going to happen to him. Gendry’s story has veered far off course from the A Song of Ice and Fire books, so there’s no telling what comes next. In the books, his character is never sold out of the Brotherhood Without Banners; he actually sticks with them and becomes an influential member. It seems unlikely that he’s going to go back to them on the show after they handed him over to Melisandre, but you never know.

Last season, Gendry basically filled the role of Edric Storm, another one of Robert Baratheon’s bastards from the books. It was Edric who was captured by Stannis and freed by Davos, and he ends up hiding out in the Free Cities of Essos. Is this the path Gendry takes next year?

Even though we’re not sure exactly where Gendry’s storyline is heading next season and therefore can't say anything for sure, we’re pretty confident he’ll survive. Both Gendry and Edric Storm are alive as of book five in ASOIAF, so it seems unlikely and unnecessary for the show to kill him off now. Having said that, the show has killed off some characters that are still alive in the books, such as Irri, Xaro Xhoan Daxos, and the wife of Robb Stark (Talisa in the show, Jeyne Westerling in the books), so you never know. Personally, we hope Gendry lives. He’s got king’s blood, he must serve some purpose!

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