Lady Octarina Posted May 15, 2012 Share Posted May 15, 2012 But last night I was re-watching my series 1 DVDs and got to the episode where Benjen meets Jon up on the top of the wall. He gave him this long, searching, paternal look and said: 'I wanted to be here when you saw it for the first time.' I swear to God, I thought: 'Oh, shit! What if the show writers are trying to hint to us that Benjen is Jon's Dad?' Then I was finding a million and one reasons why he can't be, and started to tell myself - nah, Benjen just looks at him like that because he's remembering Lyanna, and perhaps Benjen knows about the Rhaegar affair.In Jon's very first chapter on AGoT, during the feast, there's a similar situation, when Benjen is trying to explain all the complications of joining the Watch at his age:"You are a boy of fourteen", Benjen said. "Not a man, not yet. Until you have known a woman, you cannot understand what you would be giving up.""I don't care about that!" Jon said hotly."You might, if you knew what it meant," Benjen said. "If you knew what the oath would cost you, you might be less eager to pay the price, son".Jon felt anger rise inside him. "I'm not your son!"Benjen Stark stood up. "More's the pity". (...) But what I can get from this passage is simply the confirmation that Benjen knows who Jon truly is. And I do think it's interesting he seems to be closest to Jon than any of his other nieces and nephews; just pay attention at how little Benjen is mentioned at any of the other Stark kids' POVs, even in recollection. I mean, I know Jon would naturally be more fascinated by him because of the Watch and everything, but barely any mention from the other kids?So, yes, I think Jon is his favorite nephew because he's the only thing left of Lyanna.I think he will feel incredibly betrayed, and part of it will be conflicted feelings of betrayal that his Uncle should have pressed his claim and was partially responsible for the death of his real father. I think he will feel rage about how Cat, and Sansa looked down on him. Most of all, I think it will be a real emotional awakening for him. He has always been this sullen boy, repressing anything but self loathing for his position in the world. I think this will truely wake a dragon.I am most intrested to see what his relationship with Thorne becomes.I think the big risk here is that this revelation could send him to the Aerys-Viserys-Daenerys line of Targ heritage. Imagine if he truly embraces his arrogant cruel side?! Ugh... but I do think he was prepared enough through his days with Tyrion, Benjen, Aemon, Mormont, Halfhand, Ygritte etc to be a good ruler instead of being ruled by this new found sense of power. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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