What do you think I’ve been thinking about with every swing of the hammer? How happy I am making weapons for the family that killed my father? The family that tried to kill me? I’ve been getting ready. I never knew what for, but I’ve always known I’d know it when it comes.
King Robert’s actual son Gendry is everything that his alleged son and heir Joffrey Baratheon was not - beyond simply his physical appearance, but also his character and temperament. Joffrey’s one real claim to importance was that he was Robert’s son - which was itself a lie. Unlike Joffrey, who thought the throne was his by right but was utterly unsuited to rule, Gendry has many qualities which would make a fine king, but doesn’t even know he has a potential claim to it.
“Brave men, all of you. Butchered a woman pregnant with her babe. Cut the throat of a mother of five. Slaughtered your guests after inviting them into your home. But you didn’t slaughter every one of the Starks. No, that was your mistake. You should have ripped them all out, root and stem. Leave one wolf alive and the sheep are never safe.”
Arya Stark in 7x01 ‘Dragonstone’