The last couple of episodes from HBO's "Game of Thrones" were able to solve a few mysteries that have baffled followers of the book series. Because of this, some are even saying that the sixth season of the television series is spoiling the narrative of the novels.
One of the mysteries solved by the television series is the true meaning behind Hodor's name, which was revealed in the episode titled "The Door." But aside from this, the program could have also shed some light on two of the biggest mysteries in the books.
Ever since the book "A Storm of Swords" came out in 2000, readers have been left asking just who the character Coldhands really is. Also, many of them have been wondering what really happened to Benjen Stark, Ned's missing brother and Bran's uncle, Huffington Post reported.
But, based on the latest episode from the series, "Blood of My Blood," these two characters may actually be one and the same.
That's because in the books, Benjen was introduced as a member of the Night's Watch who went missing after he went over the Wall. This coincides with the description of Coldhands, whose clothes make him look like a member of the brotherhood.
Also, in the novels, Coldhands was the one who helped Bran reach the cave of the Three-Eyed Raven. Last Sunday, on the other hand, a mysterious character appeared during the episode and rescued Bran from the Wights. It was then revealed that this character is Benjen.
From this, one could easily speculate that Benjen is Coldhands. However, author George R.R. Martin has previously stated that these are two different characters in the book "A Dance with Dragons," according to IGN.
Of course, this could just have been Martin's way of maintaining the mystery of the characters and the overall narrative of the novel. Also, even if Coldhands and Benjen are really two different characters in the novel, the creators of "Game of Thrones" could have altered the show's storyline to make them the same person.
They could have done this to prevent spoiling the books for readers and by giving the television series a different kind of twist.