Why did Ned allow Benjen to take the black? in General (ASoIaF) Posted July 9 At first I thought maybe it's tradition for a Stark to take the black. Now it looks more like Benjen had something to do with the rebellion. Maybe he was the one who spread the lie and this is his punishment? It's also possible that it's something he did in his grief after losing almost his entire family. On 7/8/2019 at 9:23 AM, Lady Blizzardborn said: Maybe he knew about the prophecy too. Maybe his joining the Watch was to keep an eye on any unusual activity in the far north, and alert Ned if there was any sign of the Others returning. Ned clearly didn't believe there was any such danger but Rhaegar did, and Lyanna might have, so Benjen might have as well. Right. Perhaps Ned's "promise" to Lyanna included Jon ending up at the Wall. Maybe he sent Benjen there early so he would be an experienced officer able to look after Jon when he gets there. Or Ned might have always planned to send Jon to the Wall so that he could never claim a right to the throne just in case the secret came out. In GoT, he never protests Jon's desire to go to the Wall. Never talks about it or mentioned it even. 19 hours ago, Alexis-something-Rose said: Maybe Ned objected to Benjen going to the NW with the same energy he objected to Jon going to the NW. Good one. I always found it weird that Ned never even talked to Jon about him going to the Wall.