If they survive Game of Thrones season 8, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) and Gendry (Joe Dempsie) should end up together. It may be presumptuous to assume one or both will survive the Great War against the White Walkers but, if they do make it to the end of season 8, Arya and Gendry are an ideal match to continue their Houses and lineage.
Arya and Gendry come from backgrounds as opposite as you would find in Westeros: the second daughter of Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean) grew up (and rebelled against being) a Lady in Winterfell. Meanwhile, Gendry is the lone surviving bastard son of King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy). Gendry had a difficult life toiling as a blacksmith in Flea Bottom, though endless hours swinging a hammer forged physical strength similar to his late father's. Arya was much younger than Gendry when she arrived in King's Landing after Ned Stark was named Hand of the King; they were thrown together by Yoren (Francis Magee) of the Night's Watch after Ned was executed for treason in season 1. Arya and Gendry traveled towards the North together, were held captive by the Lannisters, and escaped from Harrenhal in season 2. After they encountered the Brotherhood Without Banners in season 3, Gendry was sold to Melisandre (Carice van Houten), who told him of his royal lineage and took him to Dragonstone to be sacrificed - Arya and Gendry haven't seen each other since.
Arya's journey to Game of Thrones season 8 has been exotic, difficult, bloody and troubling; she trained to become a Faceless Man of Braavos and has become a ruthless killer who executes her family's enemies. Meanwhile, Gendry was saved by Ser Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) and hid in Flea Bottom for several seasons before joining Jon Snow (Kit Harington) in season 7. After many years, these two unlikely old friends (one of the few friends each other has known) will be reunited in Winterfell for the war with the White Walkers.
But if Arya Stark and Gendry make it out in one piece and if the army of the living defeats the Night King - two big ifs - there are ample reasons why Arya and Gendry could find a future together:
- This Page: Gendry and Arya Has Been Set Up Since The Start of Game of Thrones
- Page 2: Gendry and Arya Together Would Fit Game of Thrones' Ending
King Robert Foretold A Stark/Baratheon Marriage
Game of Thrones began with King Robert journeying to Winterfell to name his best friend Ned Stark as Hand of the King. As part of their pact, Robert decreed his oldest son Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) would marry Ned's oldest daughter Sansa (Sophie Turner): "I have a son, you have a daughter, we'll join our houses." In Robert's mind, the great Houses of Stark and Baratheon should be intertwined since Robert grew up with Ned at the Vale, won the Iron Throne with him, and he loved Ned more than he did his own brothers. Robert didn't know Joffrey wasn't his biological son, but to the King, Joffrey marrying Sansa would be a replacement for how Ned's sister Lyanna Stark (Aisling Franciosi) was supposed to marry Robert before she died during Robert's Rebellion.
In Game of Thrones, things rarely turn out the way characters intend them to and Arya and Gendry marrying could be what finally fulfills Robert's plan that House Baratheon and House Stark be joined together. Of course, there are legal complications: Gendry is a bastard and few know who his true father is - not even Arya when Game of Thrones season 8 begins.
Some key steps are needed for Gendry to become a true Baratheon: first, they'd have to survive the Great War. Then, whoever sits upon the Iron Throne at the end would have to legitimize Gendry as the sole heir of House Baratheon, which has been wiped out with the deaths of Robert, Renly, Stannis, and Shireen Baratheon. (It's unlikely that Jon Snow as King in the North has the legal authority to legitimize Gendry to claim Storms' End, which is its own kingdom). And, of course, Arya and Gendry would have to want to marry each other - but of the remaining characters, they would be each other's best match.
Arya and Gendry Was Set Up At The Very Start of Game of Thrones
Arya and Gendry are two of Game of Thrones' longest surviving characters and they were literally thrown together at the end of season 1. Arya was trying to escape King's Landing and return home to Winterfell disguised as a boy named "Arry" while Gendry was sold to the Night's Watch by Master Mott (perhaps to spare his execution after the Iron Throne learned about King Robert's numerous bastards). They became true friends since he was the only one who knew she was really a girl and she confessed she's Arya Stark of Winterfell. Before they were separated, Arya told Gendry, "I could be your family," to which he replied, "You wouldn't be my family. You'd be my lady." Many fans interpreted Gendry's words as a romantic declaration (there are even stronger hints of a romance between them in George R.R. Martin's novel A Clash of Kings), but Arya and Gendry were soon separated before this could be explored further.
While Sansa is closer to Gendry's age, she would not be as good a match for him, especially politically. Sansa is the Lady of Winterfell who suffered two horrible marriages to Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage) and Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon). Maintaining power in the North and running Winterfell are likely Sansa's main priorities unless she is lucky enough to actually fall in love. Meanwhile, a legitimized Gendry would have claim to Storm's End and he would need a suitable wife. Arya would fit the bill, not just politically as a Stark, but because Gendry is also the closest Arya has ever come to expressing any romantic notions towards someone in Game of Thrones.