Joe Dempsie, 31, first played Gendry in Game of Thrones season one and continued to feature for another three years.
The character wasn’t included in anymore scenes until 2017’s season seven, when he was reunited with Ser Davos Seaworth (played by Liam Cunningham).
Having had a few years off, the British actor was shocked to discover how tight the security was when he returned.
Joe revealed no one was given a script anymore and everything was kept in an “encrypted box”.
Everything is in an encrypted lock box
Appearing on Heart Breakfast this morning, Joe spoke about his return to Game of Thrones with hosts Jamie Theakston and Lucy Horobin.
He spilled: “That was one of the main differences that I found when I went back to the show having been off for three seasons in the middle is that the security had upped massively in that regard.
“You don’t get given a script anymore. You get given no paper.”
He continued: “Everything is in an encrypted lock box with a password and everything.”
The star, who grew up in Nottingham, insisted he does’t find it difficult keeping Game of Thrones spoilers to himself.
He divulged: “People always ask, ‘Oh it must be really difficult keeping plot points a secret,’ and I’m like not really.
“A) because it’s not worth my life to tell anyone and B) because people I think genuinely don’t want to know anymore.”
Meanwhile, Joe recently hinted his character could reunite with Arya Stark (Maisie Williams).
Gendry and Arya formed a close bond during their travels north on Kingsroad and fans have wanted to seem them back together.
Speaking to BuzzFeed News, Joe admitted he was unsure whether he could talk about a potential Gendry and Arya reunion.
“I know a lot of people want Gendry and Arya to be reunited,” he said.
After asking whether the article would be published before episode one airs, to which the answer was no, he cryptically replied: “In that case you’ll have to wait and see.”
Joe admitted he was unsure whether he would be asked back to Game of Thrones, despite being promised his character would be returning.
“As the years go by you start to wonder, is this going to happen?” he said.
Joe continued: ”I would’ve completely understood if after a couple of years waiting, they called me up and said, ‘Look man we’re really sorry, we don’t have time,’ or not called me up or recast me with someone else.
“I was prepared for that eventuality. And weirdly — I feel like this happens a lot in life — It was when I stopped thinking about it, the phone call came.”
Game of Thrones season 8 premieres on Sunday, April 14 on HBO and Monday, April 15, on Sky Atlantic in the UK. Stream Season 8, Episode 1 live on Monday 15th April with NOW TV. Seasons 1-7 boxset available to stream now.
Tune in to Heart Breakfast with Jamie and Lucy, weekdays from 6am – 9am.
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