It seems to me that Benjen may be a White Walker.

His squad was ambushed.

Some of his squad were turned into wights.

Wights are only created by White Walkers.

At the end of season 2 we can see that the White Walker not only shares his same chin strap goatee, but also his hair and hairline.

I know this is all circumstantial but do you all think this could be a possibility?

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    VTC as "primarily opinion based" - it hasn't been covered in the books yet, so "primarily opinion based" is really all you're going to get.
    – user8719
    Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 18:52
  • I'd suggest rewording this to focus around "what evidence is there for whatever Benjen's fate may be?" but bear in mind that the TV show and the books may differ, and if you're following the TV show but not reading the books, you may be spoilered.
    – user8719
    Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 19:01
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    Just FYI, as far as I know, there are no hints or evidence of what happened to Benjen. What exists are some circumstantial things, such as Coldhands not showing his face, and Old Nan's stories. As GRRM says: Keep reading.
    – TLP
    Commented Aug 7, 2013 at 10:07
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    We now have more information, enough that this doesn't seem primarily opinion-based anymore.
    – Andres F.
    Commented May 31, 2016 at 23:17

3 Answers 3


In Season 6 Episode 6 of Game of Thrones:

Benjen Stark returns as a cloaked man on horseback (similar to Coldhands from the books) to save Bran and Meera.

In summary:

Benjen confirms he took a ranging party to find white walkers, but they found them first. A white walker stabbed him with a sword of ice, and he began to change, but the children of the forest found him and stopped the change by putting obsidian into his heart.

Here is a picture from the show:

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And another with a nod to the book character's hands:

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  • Check out his hands as well, I won't say anything here for the sake of spoilers, but that might be something worth adding to your answer.
    – Telestia
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 15:24
  • @Telestia - Do you have a screen cap of them? :) Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 15:28
  • Sorry Justin, I don't. I'm actually at work right now. Shhhh, don't tell anyone.
    – Telestia
    Commented Jun 1, 2016 at 15:32
  • @Telestia - His hands look fine to me: independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/… Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 14:00
  • You don't see the gradient to black? You can't even see his fingers against his cloak. Try this one: tinyurl.com/zrxl6vs
    – Telestia
    Commented Jun 3, 2016 at 15:43

Based on the story evidence. He was most likely turned into a Wight not a White Walker.

It is speculated that White Walkers are created from human babies, which is gossip provided in the book by the rangers as to why Craster sacrifices his male children to the White Walkers. You can read more about that in this answer.

Other than that, we don't actually know of his fate since one of the purposes of The Great Ranging was to find out what happened to Benjen, but after they were annihilated at the Battle of the Fist of the First Men (what you saw at the end of Season 2 which was glossed over in the TV series), they have to retreat and as a result, we still don't know what happened to Benjen.

  • "hoosip"? Is that supposed to be "gossip"?
    – TLP
    Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 21:47
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    Many word changes, melded together into a beautiful typo :P
    – ardent
    Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 22:02
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    It was quite spectacular, as typos go. ;)
    – TLP
    Commented Aug 6, 2013 at 22:42

To add onto the correct answer by @Justin Ethier Benjen was neither wight nor White Walker but some other undead being saved from death/becoming a wight by the Children of the Forest.

BRAN: Uncle Benjen. The last letter Jon wrote me said you had been lost beyond the Wall.
BENJEN: I led a ranging party deep into the North to find White Walkers. They found us. A white walker stabbed me in the gut with a sword of ice. Left me there to die. To turn. The Children found me. Stopped the walker’s magic from taking hold.
BRAN: How?
BENJEN: The same way they made the Walkers in the first place. You saw it yourself.
BRAN: Dragonglass. A shard of dragonglass plunged into your heart.
Game of Thrones, S06 E06, "Blood of my Blood"

However, as of Season 7 Episode 6, "Beyond the Wall", he is presumed truly dead after sacrificing himself for Jon.

Go! Go now! Leave! Uncle Benjen! How? You ride for the pass.
Come with me.
It's not time.
Game of Thrones, S07 E06, "Beyond the Wall"

You can watch the scene here where he gets taken down by an overwhelming majority of wights:

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