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Why did Benjen join the Night's Watch?

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  • Published on:  Tuesday, August 28, 2018
  • Why did Benjen join the night's watch? Was it a punishment? Is he hiding a secret? What was really going on?

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  • Ethan Johnson
    Ethan Johnson  7 days ago

    Nights watch sucks.

  • politexchangeofbullets jenny-Tuohy

    I think he knew what was going to happen with lyanna and Rheagar. He did not want to be in a position to have to lie to his family. He knew too much and wanted the best for her. They would have expected to fight for lyanna built on a lie THAT HE KNEW THE TRUTH WAS, SHE LOVED RHEAGAR. THE MYSTERY KNIGHT CAUSED HAVOC, BENJEN HAULED ASS AND LYANNA TOLD RHEAGAR THE TRUTH, THEY RAN AWAY AND EVERYONE THOUGHT HE KIDNAPED HER.

  • Jarin Jove
    Jarin Jove  14 days ago +1

    The evidence doesn't support your claims at all. Ned and Benjen didn't talk and Ned was surprised by the suggestion.

  • Tyler Hylton
    Tyler Hylton  14 days ago

    LONG LIVE JON STARK TRUE KING IN THE NORTH

  • Myria Lynn
    Myria Lynn  21 days ago

    Agreed. Well done ๐Ÿ˜Ž

  • Tess d'Urberville
    Tess d'Urberville  1 months ago

    It was not Uncle Benjen's fault. Like Tyrion, he still loved his selfish sister, although they ruined both of their lives.

  • Luuk Zwaag
    Luuk Zwaag  1 months ago

    I agree that Benjen feels a lot of guild because he kept his mouth shut, you portraited that really awesome in this video. But i think that Ned was not aware of the plan to take Jon to the Wall, i think Benjen came up with that idea on his own. Because in the books (aGoT Jon 1) Benjen lures Jon to the Wall saying that they could really use a man like him with the Night's Watch. And Jon only begins to think of the Night's Watch after Benjen told him this. In the following chapter (aGoT Cat 2) we also learn that Benjen went to speak to Maester Luwin about Jon wanting to join the Night's Watch. When Ned is faced with this fact he is "shocked", that's why i don't think Ned knew of this plan.

  • Wade
    Wade  1 months ago

    He was forced into the watch by his brother, because he aided Lyanna in her escapade. He later got his revenge by plotting with Catelyn and Maester Luwin to persuade Jon to take the black as well...shortly thereafter, Benjen deserted.

  • Schei Adams
    Schei Adams  1 months ago

    Game of thrones lure and your voice๐Ÿ’“๐Ÿ‘ always the best! Thank you!!

  • opugilist
    opugilist  1 months ago

    Oh well. Shit happens.

  • Elizabeth yaccarino
    Elizabeth yaccarino  1 months ago

    Why was Benjen permitted to go to Winterfell after taking his vows? Nights Watchmen give up their birth families and take no part in the affairs of the throne. The Watch is their family.

  • Brent Sullivant
    Brent Sullivant  1 months ago +1

    I would like to add one thing. Maester Aemon on his death bed asked for "Egg", I believe he was not calling for his brother, but Jon Snow.

  • NHMO OYTIS
    NHMO OYTIS  1 months ago

    Show is a piece of crap, from where it got beyond the books...NOT canon.

  • David James
    David James  2 months ago

    3:03 Glad someone else picked up on the fact that the Starks were a dynasty dangling by a thread. Benjen very much ought to have married - preferably a Karstark - to bulk up the ranks of the Starks as both their father and grandfather were only sons, so there were no closely-related male line Starks, if any.


    One issue I would have with the notion of Ned and Benjen having a plan to get Jon to the Wall is that Benjen didn't bother to inform Aemon of Jon's parentage, or if he did, Aemon didn't tell Jon either. In the absence of a plan and Jon just more-or-less showing up of his own volition, that oversight can be, well, overlooked, but it starts to seem odd if they did have such a plan. Heck, if they had such a scheme, Benjen should damn well have never been made Head Ranger as that would endanger their plan as well, meaning they would have had to apprise Aemon of the issue - Benjen needed to stay alive long enough to get Jon to the Wall. The other problem with this plan is a moral one: the brothers are scheming to consign their sister's only progeny to effective oblivion, as well as consigning Benjen to such as well. It's not exactly a way for Ned to fulfill his promise to his sister.


    My view is that Benjen went to the Wall not as part of a wider plan with Ned to get Jon there but because he felt he might spill the beans to Catelyn or Jon at some point, bearing in mind in particular that prior to Ned's arrival in Winterfell with Jon, Catelyn and Benjen had effectively been living together for about a year in Winterfell and so Catelyn at this point knew Benjen better than she did Ned.

  • alicia mckenzie
    alicia mckenzie  2 months ago

    Benjen is a bastard.

  • Holly King
    Holly King  2 months ago

    These videos are what the show should have been.

  • crowdpleasa4495
    crowdpleasa4495  2 months ago +1

    make a hell of a good point, I wasn't making the connection. Does that mean Ben knew Jon was Lyanna's son?

  • Sarcastic Sid
    Sarcastic Sid  2 months ago

    So basically Benjen knew everything and Jon Snow knew nothing? Got it

  • Panupat Chongstitwattana

    I can't connect secrecy to Benjin taking the black. I mean Robert is too dumb to connect all the dots in my view and Ned of all people would know best about it. Benjin would be perfectly fine staying in Winterfel and keep his mouse shut out of obligation he had to Liana.

  • Sport News
    Sport News  2 months ago

    He flew to keep Jon's secret