It also goes to prove that not all the men in the Night Watch who aren't prisoners are volunteers, as we were led to believe before Gendry, Lommy and Hot Pie joined the recruits on their way to the north.That difference is even bigger. As pointed out, Gendry didn't have a choice about going to the Wall (or so we are led to believe by the show which is all I have to go by). Jon Snow, on the other hand, actually VOLUNTEERED to join the Knight's Watch.
Personally, I don't see Gendry and John as the same person just because they are bastards. For one, their experiences are completely different: Gendry knew the love of a mother where John only knew the contempt of Catlyn, Gendry never knew his father where Ned was a loving presence in John's life, Gendry never knew his brothers before Joffrey slaughtered them where John grew up with the Stark children, etc.
The circumstances in which they have joined the Night Watch also couldn't be more different for Gendry was basically sold where John was recruited, so I don't see anything they could possibly have in common except their affection for Arya and, even that much, seems to come from a completely different place IMO.
It's part of what makes his dynamic with her so interesting to me: Gendry doesn't know how Arya would carry on in an actual fight, he saw her stand stand up to two bullies and he knows she's brave enough to travel with them, but its not like any of them owes the other anything, therefore their bond seems to be rooted in genuine affection more than anything else.Absolutely. Her relationship with Jon was based on unguarded affection. Any friendship formed in this harsh new environment is hardly likely to be the same. Friendships from here on out are going to be based on grudging respect and hard-won trust. And comradeship, I guess
I guess the only difference I see is that John is entitled to Arya's affection where Gendry has had to earn it so far.
Edited by agora, Apr 14, 2012 @ 6:35 PM.