“Game of Thrones” has had its fair share of theories, some proven true and some proven too illogical to stay relevant. Some are just plain ridiculous.
With season 6 about to end, let’s look at one theory that was doomed from conception: Gendry Baratheon as King.
There are good arguments about him being king, such as him being the last of Robert Baratheon’s bloodline. However, for him to succeed the Iron Throne, he has to go through the rules that govern bastardy in Westeros.
For a bastard to have any chance at inheritance, he has to be recognized by his noble parent which sadly he wasn’t. He doesn’t even have the special surname indicating his status as a noble’s bastard.
Like Jon whose surname Snow indicates his status as a bastard born to a noble northern house, Gendry must have one as well. In his case, a bastard born in King’s Landing which is part of the Crownlands, his special surname should be Waters.
As “Game of Thrones” shows, he neither has a special surname nor an idea about his parents. He finds only out that he is the son of King Robert Baratheon though Melisandre, who was about to sacrifice him to the Lord of Light.
Even if he gets recognized by his father, to be able to succeed his house, he must be legitimized by the crown as in the case of Ramsay Bolton.
We don’t know about the theorists but I doubt the Lannisters will legitimize Robert Baratheon’s last living bastard.
Don’t get us wrong, him being a player in the game would be a very convoluted twist. The theory, however, is full of holes that it will never leave ground.
So in the end, Gendry is doomed to be a bastard forever, eternally rowing across the Narrow Sea due to the directions of one Davos Seaworth. Hopefully “Game of Thrones” will show him reaching the shore at some point.