"Game of Thrones" is getting Bran-tastic for book readers.
(Warning! This post is dark and full of spoilers!)
Through Bran, a lot of "Game of Thrones" mysteries are finally getting revealed. In Episode 5 this season, "The Door," fans found out the true meaning behind Hodor as the character held back wights to save Bran from an attack. And Sunday's episode, "Blood of My Blood," may have confirmed one of the most popular fan theories yet:
Benjen Stark is Coldhands.
In George R.R. Martin's books, Bran Stark is helped to the cave of the Three-Eyed Raven by a mysterious figure we know as Coldhands. The character has the look of a wight and has blackened hands from congealed blood. We don't know much about Coldhands' past except that his clothes make it appear that he was a member of the Night's Watch.
Though the character's true identity is a mystery, fans have theorized for a while that Coldhands is secretly Benjen Stark, Bran's uncle who went missing after going beyond the Wall.
This week, a character who seems to match the description of Coldhands showed up and saved Bran from wights. Later, we found out this is Bran's uncle Benjen. The major theory seems to be confirmed.
It's unknown if this realization is show-only or not. George R.R. Martin has seemingly said Coldhands isn't Benjen in the books, and the show has already offered major variations in order to adapt the story to the screen.
We may need to wait until Martin's next book, The Winds of Winter, comes out to see if Benjen is Coldhands. But for now, we're all about the theory.
As Redditor ImABarnacle says:
"ALL ABOARD THE BENHANDS HYPE TRAIN!!!"