Why did Benjen join the Night's Watch?

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, August 28, 2018
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  • rizholl
    rizholl  2 months ago +251

    No wonder why Jon knows nothing - nobody talks with him, it's always 'we'll speak later' and then they die

  • Giuseppe Biundo
    Giuseppe Biundo  2 months ago +365

    Jon's a man raised by uncle's. Uncle Ned, uncle Benjen, and Great Grand Uncle Aemon.

  • Bruh
    Bruh  4 months ago +825

    Jon is one of the luckiest characters in GoT because he had black hair.

  • Ninja-Turtle Man
    Ninja-Turtle Man  3 months ago +446

    I never made the connection that both Ned and Benjen put off revealing anything to Jon until he swore his Night's Watch vows. That's really compelling.

  • jenny r
    jenny r  11 months ago +938

    this is maybe your best video yet. this adds a whole new dimension to everything, you're some kind of crazy story-enhancing analysis detective.

  • Rebecca Frsttmshy Bartell-Sampson

    This may have been the best, and most well informed video by a GOT youtuber I have ever watched. You set it out in such a simple and clear cut way that was supported by facts from the books and the show. I almost felt silly that I had not come to the same conclusions earlier and you really brought Home I think for the first time to me how much was sacrificed for the love of two young people and their child. So many people involved and not directly involved lost their lives and in many ways if Benjen had warned someone so many may have been saved. What the weight of such a great secret would have done to anyone but to a Stark it would have been a great smear upon their honor, unless the goal was the safety of Jon , the true born king and their beloved sisters child. Well done Sir, well done!!!!!

  • Mali Rabbit
    Mali Rabbit  11 months ago +592

    The actor who portrays Benjen is an extremely handsome man!

  • Livecustoms
    Livecustoms  3 months ago +136

    Shame the TV series will never explain why Benjen was part of the nights watch.

  • Thorpes Atkins
    Thorpes Atkins  3 months ago +123

    I'm halfway through and suddenly the scene where Benjen saves Jon Snow comes to mind. It came out of the blue when it happened, but damn doesn't that make you sad. He was best friends with his sister, helped her escape etc, knew Jon was her child. Sacrificed himself at the end for the son of his sister who died

  • Tyler D.
    Tyler D.  11 months ago +251

    This was hands down one of the best ASOIAF videos I have ever watched. Your theory building and pleasant narration are next level stuff. This was a particularly fun one since two of your topics aligned. Thank you for doing what you do Robert. Your effort shows.

  • Liz McNeil
    Liz McNeil  4 months ago +80

    Explains why Jon was always super close with uncle benjen

  • Bud Montana
    Bud Montana  5 months ago +169

    I think it was because of John. Benjin and Ned knew that John was Leana's son and the plan was to keep John from Robert until he turned 16 and then find some way of getting him on The Wall. When he takes the Black, even if Robert finds out he is the rightful heir to the throne and Regar's son he will be protected. So Benjin agreed and also spent years telling John how great it was so that when he was old enough he would go willingly. Ned and Benjin both loved Leanna and both made sacrifices to protect her son. Ned sullied his honor by saying he had an affair and Benjin took The Black.

  • Poker Maester
    Poker Maester  7 months ago +142

    Why are there no other Starks? No cousins, 2nd cousins, etc. There were tons of Lannisters

  • CJ Leach
    CJ Leach  11 months ago +121

    I agree with the premise of why Benjen went to the wall, but not that him and Ned had some plan for Jon. In the books, Ned and Benjen won't talk to each other (and it's implied that it's because Ned is mad), and more tellingly, Ned is taken aback by the suggestion to send Jon to the wall. I also believe he's too honest of a man and in no emotional state to fake his reaction upon hearing that suggestion. It's almost like that's not what he wanted for Jon. So no, I can't buy Ned and Benjen having plans for Jon. I can buy Benjen knowing that Lyanna ran off with Raegar but being unable to tell anyone and blaming himself for the death's of his family and for Robert's Rebellion (even if I do think it would have happened in some form anyway). I think he confessed this to Ned upon Ned's return and regardless of whose idea it was, went to the wall as punishment. It would explain why Ned was still angry with his brother 15ish years later.

  • hanne müller
    hanne müller  2 months ago +10

    Wow, this Theory gives Benjen so much more character depth, it's incredible

  • Vovó Aristides
    Vovó Aristides  14 hours ago

    Probably because he is Coldhands and the Three-Eyed Crow called him or something like that

  • busrevan
    busrevan  11 months ago +101

    Really good analysis and conclusion no-one can fault your logic and I totally agree with you
    I think you’ve just Columbo’ed Mr G R R Martin well in

  • val the wildling
    val the wildling  10 months ago +26

    Imo the actor who portrays benjen has the typical stark features

  • Observer 101514120505
    Observer 101514120505  11 months ago +35

    There's plenty of blame to go around for Robert's Rebellion.

  • Pablo Alvestegui
    Pablo Alvestegui  11 months ago +69

    Maybe he was in love with Ashara, too :D
    No, just kidding. I agree completely with what you suggest, sounds like the most plausible turn of events.