I find this one old interview..and i’m not sure if this is good or bad thing..
As to Dempsie … well, Martin said it: they aged him up. And …
… while it doesn’t make a Gendry / Arya romance impossible, it certainly puts it on pause for about … oh … seven years or so. (Hey, shippers, don’t fret, the series could go the full seven.) It doesn’t matter; Arya is better off without random thoughts of boys distracting her from her “evening prayers,” anyway.
Oh dear, unfortunately it wasn’t GRRM who said that. :(
This was published on WinterisComing.net back when Joe Dempsie was cast as Gendry. The news of his casting had been first announced on GRRM’s blog, where he mentioned that Gendry had been aged up for the show. That’s what the writer from WiC.net was referring to when he wrote “Martin said it”.
The comment about the consequences of this for a possible Gendry x Arya romance was just the WiC.net writer sharing his personal thoughts on the matter… :(