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What if Benjen had never joined the Night's Watch ?


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What would have possibly happened in the story if Benjen Stark had never left his family and Winterfell to join the Night's Watch and had instead stayed at Ned's side ? How much do you think that this change in history would have affected the greater plot of ASOIAF ?

What position Benjen may have gotten by staying with his family ? If he was married with who do you think that he could have married amongst the North families ?

Also where would he have been and what could have his actions and importance during the events of AGOT, ACOK, ASOS and possibly during the books after ?

Would Jon Snow have still joined the Night's Watch if his uncle hadn't joined in the first place ?

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1 hour ago, Terrorthatflapsinthenight9 said:

What position Benjen may have gotten by staying with his family ?

Presumably some sort of position in Ned’s household, and when the Gift was repopulated, Benjen would certainly have gotten his own keep and plot of land.

2 hours ago, Terrorthatflapsinthenight9 said:

If he was married with who do you think that he could have married amongst the North families ?

My guess is he’d have married Jonelle Cerwyn. 
 

 

2 hours ago, Terrorthatflapsinthenight9 said:

Also where would he have been and what could have his actions and importance during the events of AGOT, ACOK, ASOS and possibly during the books after ?

Presumably he’d be the Stark in Winterfell while Robb was still under age. That means he’d be the one in charge, and since we don’t know as much about Benjen, we don’t know how he’d have reacted to Ned’s arrest. Everything is up in the air.

2 hours ago, Terrorthatflapsinthenight9 said:

Would Jon Snow have still joined the Night's Watch if his uncle hadn't joined in the first place ?

Probably. The Starks have a long history with the Nights Watch, and Catelyn despised Jon. 

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One probable change is that House Stark becomes a lot more difficult to wipe out. If Benjen has legitimate children, there's another line of Stark heirs other than Ned's. That being the case, and all other things staying the same, I doubt something like the Red Wedding is likely. The Freys only made that move because they believed there weren't any Starks left to retaliate. Also, would the Ironborn have been as unexpectedly succesful if Benjen or his children were around to rally the North?

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On 11/25/2021 at 4:50 AM, Rondo said:

Ben's prospects were few.  Is Ned okay with having to support his brother beneath his roof?  Ned Stark is not rich like Walder Frey.  Supporting Ben would tax his household.  Ben would have kids eventually and they too will be extra mouths to feed.  

Ned Stark is like.... the last lord that would ever kick out family from his home so long as he was there. 

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