The return of a long-absent "Game of Thrones" character finally came on Sunday, and with it, the start of a beautiful friendship -- or so we hope.

Spoilers ahead! Read on only if you've watched the most recent episode.

Season 7, Episode 5, "Eastwatch," gave us the return of Gendry (Joe Dempsie), the illegitimate son of Robert Baratheon. That, in itself, was an exciting development, but it got even better from there. The blacksmith soon met another man who knows what it's like to be a bastard -- Jon Snow (Kit Harington) -- and the two appeared to form an instant friendship.

While the men settled into easy camaraderie, bonding over their families' shared history, fans were going wild. Many of us immediately threw our support behind the Jon-Gendry friendship, and there are numerous tweets to prove it.

A big, dark cloud hangs over this new friendship, however, as other fans were quick to point out. We can't forget that the story of their fathers is much different than Jon and Gendry know. While Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon were the best of friends, Jon's real father is Rhaegar Targaryen -- a man Robert killed after Rhaegar stole away the woman he loved. Awkward.

We'll see how Jon and Gendry's friendship holds up when the whole truth comes to light. At the very least, we'll always have the memories of their instant bond.

[via: Twitter]