Lady Octarina Posted March 13, 2012 Share Posted March 13, 2012 Judging by the backgrounds and descriptions of most of the nights watch I'd relate more to just an alternative to prison. Knights typically spend most of their lives going through the process to be knighted, where a man of the knights watch usually earns their title after being caught breaking the law and given their choice of punishment for their crime or the wall. The wall is also often the punishment. Of course there are exceptions in both orders. As for benjen, I doubt he knows of jons parentage. I just don't understand why he would or why would Ned would feel the need to tell him. I always thought that benjen had the same delusions of the prestige of the NW that Jon had. It's possible that the life or marriage and a family didn't appeal to him and being the 3rd son and being a stark may have thought it was his duty to serve on the wall.I remember reading that GRRM was asked why Benjen joined the Watch, and said that would be answered later. Well, if he joined because he was seeking honor, glory, or whatever it was Jon himself joined for, why not say so right away? If that was the case, it would probably be mentioned in GoT, in one of his many talks with Jon. But it never is. The thing is, Benjen certainly joined the Watch only after the war ended and Eddard returned ("there must always be a Stark in Winterfell") - consequently, after Jon arrived at Winterfell. We don't know how long it took him to take the black, but it can't have been that much. And, as I said before, he was close to Lyanna, he certainly would have noticed if Jon has anything of her (we're never told). He might have joined the Wall seeking redemption, but he also might have joined to run away from that living ghost that might remind him of his sister. And then imagine how annoyed he was when said ghost decided to follow him to the Wall? I was always surprised at how cold Benjen seemed, epecially towards Jon, when he was such a warmer child. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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