aeslin-mouse asked: Concerning Gendry/Joe Dempsie: I'm sure they'll be doing more with the Brotherhood - for Dempsie, for one thing, but certainly for Michelle Fairley, whom they certainly won't have back only for a short guest spot at the end of... season 5? In addition, Dempsie has said something that seems to point in that direction in interviews earlier this year (namely that TPTB would be willing to do extra storylines with his character). It would likely give Jaime an enemy with a face in Season 4, too.
Oh, sure. There are absolutely ways around Gendry’s disappearance from the narrative if you want to keep him around. That’s basically my point — no need to swap him into Edric’s place, which would leave you with the same need to concoct stuff for him to do.