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‘Game of Thrones’: Is Benjen Stark About to Return?

[Warning: the following article contains Game of Thrones season 6 spoilers]

Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego Benjen Stark?

The First Ranger of the Night’s Watch and brother of Ned Stark was last seen way back in season 1 of Game of Thrones. He embarked on a ranging mission north of The Wall and hasn’t been seen since, though he has been mentioned several times since his disappearance.

During the season 5 finale, Olly was able to lure Jon Snow to his death with the promise of information concerning his uncle, and earlier in the current season, Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven witnessed a vision of young Benjen and his siblings playing in Winterfell’s courtyard.

Show runners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss have purposely tried to keep Benjen fresh in fan’s minds, and now that Bran and Meera are alone, unarmed, and in desperate need of an ally north of The Wall, it might be time for the elusive character to finally reappear and save the day.

This theory is a bit of a stretch, but it’s not without evidence.

The initial trailer for season 6 includes a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it scene where a man on horseback takes down what appears to be a Wight with a flaming weapon. This mystery man is likely saving Bran and Meera, as the setting of this scene perfectly matches the one shown in the preview for season 6 episode 6, where our young and vulnerable heroes struggle to escape a group of Wights.

Some may argue that this mystery man is Coldhands, a friendly Wight who saves Bran in the novels and brings him to the Three-Eyed Raven, but this is unlikely. Wights are vulnerable to fire, so it makes little sense for one to wield the dangerous element as a weapon.

There is also the possibility that this man is a Wildling, but this too is highly unlikely. All of the Wildlings north of The Wall were either killed and turned into Wights ( remember the battle of Hardhome?) or relocated south of The Wall. And even if there are a few stray Wildlings left, it wouldn’t make sense for this man to be one. Wildlings operate on foot, not on horseback, and this man appears to be dressed in black garb more typical of the brothers of the Night’s Watch than the Wildlings.

And there’s only one member of the Night’s Watch unaccounted for beyond The Wall: Benjen.

It’s possible that Benjen has been lurking in the shadows as part of a covert operation to take down the White Walkers. If this is true, then Benjen likely is the one responsible for burying a large stockade of Dragonglass (one of the only known weapons that can kill White Walkers) north of The Wall for the Night’s Watch to find.

After all, if anyone is well aware of the fact that Winter is coming, it’s a Stark.

The truth will (hopefully) be revealed next Sunday at 9 PM!

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‘Game of Thrones’: Where are the Characters?

Chances are you might need a little refreshing on the whereabouts of your favorite characters before the Game of Thrones season 6 premiere, and luckily for you, we’ve got you covered!

Sit back, take a deep breath, and check out our long but light recap of what our living characters are up to! Oh, and the characters are listed in alphabetical order, because OCD.

Alliserthorne-s5e7Alliser Thorne

When last we saw the giant dick-bag that is Alliser Thorne, he was carrying out a mutiny against Jon Snow. Thorne and his fellow mutineers stabbed Snow under a sign that read “traitor” and left him there for dead.

Thorne is currently in Castle Black, where he has likely taken over Jon Snow’s role as Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.

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Arya Stark

Arya, in an act of revenge, defied the Many-Faced God by killing someone who was not hers to kill. Jaqen explained to her that “only death can pay for life” and drank a poison and died. Arya, in her own awkward Empire Strikes Back Luke Skywalker moment, ripped off Jaqen’s many faces until she saw her own. Arya was blinded upon seeing her own face.

She was last seen in the House of Black and White (headquarters of the Faceless Men) in Braavos.

 

 

Yara_Season_6Asha/Yara Greyjoy

Yara (or Asha, which is her name in the novels) was last seen way back in season 4 during her attempt to rescue her brother Theon from the Boltons. Yara and her rescue team were forced to retreat, and Yara, upon seeing her brother’s pitiful state, proclaimed that her brother is dead.

Her current whereabouts are unknown, but she is likely either at Pyke or stationed at sea.

BenjenStarkheadshotpromoBenjen Stark

Remember Benjen?

Benjen is the First Ranger of the Night’s Watch and is younger brother to Ned Stark. He disappeared during a ranging mission north of the Wall and has not been heard from or seen since.

He was last mentioned during the season 5 finale, where the more mutinous Night’s Watch members lured Jon Snow out with his uncle’s name.

 

Bran_Stark_Season_SixBran Stark

We last saw Bran at the giant weirwood tree on the hill, where the three-eyed raven told the young prince that he will never walk again, but he will fly. That has to be the most depressing and coolest thing ever.

The majority of the cast believes that Bran died at the hands of Theon Greyjoy, who murdered and burned two innocent children in place of Bran and Rickon, who managed to escape his grasp.

Bran’s current whereabouts are unknown.

 

Brienne_Season_6Brienne of Tarth

Brienne, looking to repay a debt to Caitlyn Stark, was on a mission to find and rescue Sansa. While awaiting a signal from Sansa (who is inside Winterfell), Brienne was informed by Podrick that Stannis’ army is close by.

Brienne has an ax (or, er, sword) to grind with Stannis, so she abandoned her mission and headed to the battlefield, where she found a weary and defeated Stannis. Brienne got Stannis to finally admit his role in Renly’s death, and we last see her (seemingly) executing Stannis.

 

Game_of_Thrones_Season_6_22Cersei Lannister

Things are really awkward for Queen Regent.

Ser Lancel Lannister admitted to having a sexual relationship with Cersei, which gave the High Sparrow all the ammunition he needed to place her in custody. Cersei was forced to complete a Walk of Atonement (shame! *rings bell* shame!) in the total nude.

Cersei arrived at the Red Keep with her body covered with trash and her feet bleeding, but it’s all okay, because she now has her very own armor-plated Frankenstein to take care of her.

She is currently awaiting trial for treason, incest, and regicide.

 

Daariostill-s5e1Daario Naharis

Daario is currently in Meereen, where he is searching for bed-mate Daenerys, who escaped a violent Sons of the Harpy attack by jumping on the back on her dragon, Drogon.

He is joined on this search by Sir Jorah.

Things will likely be a little awkward between these two rivals during season 6.

 

Daenerys-MothersMercyDaenerys Targaryen

Drogon flew his mother to an isolated green hill, but due to injuries he sustained during the fight against the Sons of the Harpy, Drogon was unable to fly back to Meereen to reunite Daenerys with her allies and her boy toy, Daario.

Daenerys ventured off to find food for herself and Drogon, but she was soon surrounded by Dothraki blood riders. Knowing that she is about to be kidnapped, Daenerys left her search party an important breadcrumb by dropping her ring in the grass. Her current location is unknown.

 

Davos_Seaworth_(S05E01)Davos Seaworth

Davos was sent to Castle Black by Stannis under the guise that he was to “recruit troops”, but really the Onion Knight was sent away so that Stannis could sacrifice his own daughter, Shireen, without interruption. What. A. Jerk.

He is still located at Castle Black, where he is mourning the deaths of Shireen, Stannis, and now likely Jon Snow.

 

Eddison_Tollet_(S05E08)Eddison Tollett

Edd escaped the ruthless attack by the White Walkers by longboat with Jon Snow and a handful of Wildlings (I guess White Walkers don’t like water?).

He is presumed to be at Castle Black.

 

Ellaria-S5Ellaria Sand

Ellaria, still heartbroken and angry over the death of her lover, Oberyn, employed her Sand Snakes to kidnap Myrcella.

The plan is foiled by Prince Doran, and the Sand Snakes and Ellaria were arrested. Doran gave Ellaria an ultimatum: swear allegiance to him, or die. She hesitantly swore her allegiance, and she and her Snakes were freed. Ellaria apologized to Jaime for attempting to kidnap his daughter – or, er, niece – and explained that she let her emotions get the best of her. As Mrycella was leaving with Jaime, Ellaria planted a poison kiss on her lips.

We last see Ellaria wiping the poison from her lips on the docks of Dorne.

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Gilly

Gilly was nearly raped at Castle Black, but was rescued by Sam and Ghost.

Ghost did most of the saving (let’s be real), but Gilly rewarded Sam’s courageous effort by giving him a bang session.

She is currently in Oldtown with Sam and Little Sam.

 

Gregor_Clegane_4x07Gregor Clegane/The Mountain

The Mountain was mortally poisoned by Oberyn during their trial-by-combat fight (which determined Tyrions fate).

Cersei ordered the mad scientist Qyburn to save her henchman, and he complied, turning The Mountain into Frankenstein’s worse nightmare.

The zombified Mountain was last seen protecting Cersei in the Red Keep.

 

Grey_Worm_ProfileGrey Worm

Grey Worm is still recovering from injuries he obtained during a battle with the Sons of Harpy.

He’s also getting it on with Missandei…. hell yes!

Grey Worm is currently in Meereen, where, in Daenerys’ absense, he is helping Tyrion rule.

 

 

Hodor_infoboxHodor

Hodor is currently accompanying Bran, who had previously warged into the gentle giant to fend off a group of wights.

Hodor’s response to this intrusion: Hodor!

 

 

Jamie_Season_6Jaime Lannister

When last we saw Jaime, he and Mrycella were on their way back to King’s Landing from Dorne.

In a sweet, yet understandably creepy moment, Mrycella confessed to Jaime that she knows that he is her real father. The two embraced, but the adorable father-daughter moment was ruined when Ellaria’s poison kiss finally kicks in, and Myrcella died in her fathers arms.

 

Jon_Snow_(S05E05)Jon Snow

If you don’t remember what happened to Jon Snow, then you have zero business reading this article.

Moving on…

 

 

 

Jorah-hd-still-S5E8Jorah Mormont

Jorah kidnapped Tyrion and took him on a journey to Meereen. The pair were attacked by men afflicted with greyscale, and after the fight it was revealed that Jorah is now afflicted.

The pair finally reached Meereen, where Jorah attempted to get back in the good graces of Daenerys. In an attempt to prove his loyalty, Jorah entered the fighting arena, where he ultimately ended up saving Daenerys from a Sons of the Harpy assassin.

He protected Daenerys in battle against the Sons of the Harpy, and then watched in wonder as the woman he loves flew off on the back of Drogon.

Jorah is currently searching for Daenerys with Daario.

 

Margaery-and-Loras-Tyrell-Season-4-house-tyrell-37073757-1800-995 Loras & Margaery Tyrell

Loras had been cuddling up with Olyvar post Renly. Margaery, who is now Tommen’s wife, caught Loras and his lover in the act, and warned her brother to be more discreet in the Red Keep, especially with Cersei currently scorned.

Margaery’s warning ends up being justified, and Loras was arrested for breaking the “laws of god and men”. He and Margaery were put on trial, where they both denied that a relationship with Renly ever took place.

The siblings played off the situation expertly, but suddenly Olyvar was brought to the stand, and he exposed Loras and Margaery’s lies.

Margaery was arrested for perjury, and last we see her, she is still in her cell.

Mlisandre_Season_6Melisandre

Melisandre sacrificed Shireen to the Lord of Light in order to secure a victory for the rightful and true king, Stannis, who was trying to take Winterfell from the Boltons.

Everything went according to plan… except for the part where Stannis’ army deserted him and Stannis himself was killed by Brienne.

Clearly realizing that she had made a huge mistake, Melisandre stole a horse, deserted Stannis, and headed to Castle Black.

Missandei_Season_6Missandei

Missandei was saved by Tyrion during the Sons of the Harpy arena attack, and she later repayed the favor by convincing team Daenerys to support Tyrion in Daeny’s absence.

She is currently in Meereen with her new boo, Grey Worm, and is aiding the city’s political process.

 

 

Olenna-Tyrell-S4EP01Olenna Tyrell

Olenna accused Lord Baelish of helping Cersei take down Loras, which Petyr, being the snake he is, obviously denied. Olenna threatened to expose Petyr’s role in Joffrey’s death should House Tyrell fall.

She is currently expertly throwing shade somewhere around King’s Landing.

 

 

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Fuck this kid. I don’t care where he is.

 

 

 

Osha-S3Osha

Osha entered a portal and is now in the realm of Harry Potter, where she is married to Remus Lupin. Imagine?

When last we saw Osha, the wildling was bringing Rickon and Shaggydog to the holdfast of Jon Umber, a loyal ally of the Starks.

Littlefinger_S5Petyr Baelish

Littlefinger dropped Sansa off at Winterfell and instantly returned to King’s Landing, where his brothel is now in ruins.

Olenna, angry that her grandchildren had been arrested, met Petyr in his brothel and accused him of telling Cersei about Olyvar, which he denied. She then threatened to expose his role in Joffrey’s death should House Tyrell fall. Littlefinger eased her mind by outing Lancel and Cercei’s relationship, which led to Cercei’s arrest by the High Sparrow.

Petyr is most likely still in King’s Landing, doing shady things per usual.

Podrick-Payne-Profile-HDPodrick Payne

Podrick informed Brienne (who he has been traveling with) that Stannis’ army was approaching. Brienne left Podrick to take care of business and film Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Podrick’s current whereabouts are unknown, but it is assumed that he is still traveling with Brienne around Winterfell.

 

Ramsay_Season_6Ramsay Bolton

Ramsay Bolton, who is perhaps the story’s biggest dick, handily defeated Stannis’ army, and is currently on his way back to Winterfell castle.

He does not yet know that his new wife has fled the castle with his man servant.

 

Rickon_Stark_Season_3Rickon Stark

When last we saw the youngest Stark, Rickon was traveling with Osha and Shaggydog to the holdfast of Jon Umber, a loyal ally of the Starks.

 

 

Roose_Bolton-S05E06Roose Bolton

Roose Bolton, aka Father-of -the-Year, is currently in Winterfell with his son, Ramsay.

 

 

Samwell_Tarly_in_MockingbirdSamwell Tarly

Maester Aemon passed away suddenly in the night, and Sam, who had been helping him, has left Castle Black with Gilly and Little Sam for Oldtown, where he will train to become to the Night’s Watch’s next Maester.

He is currently unaware of his best friend’s fate.

 

Sandor_(The_Children)Sandor Clegane/The Hound

The Hound was defeated by Brienne of Tarth way back in season 4 and was left for dead by Arya Stark, who pulled a Grand Theft Auto by taking his money.

His fate and whereabouts are currently unknown. If his brother The Mountain can come back, then hey, maybe we will finally get #Cleganebowl!

Sansa_Season_Six_SnowSansa Stark

Sansa has escaped the clutches of her terrible husband, Ramsay Bolton, with the help of Theon Greyjoy (aka Reek). The pair epicly jumped from Winterfell’s castle wall and are now on the run from the Boltons.

Sansa’s destination is unknown, but it is likely that she will be searching for her brothers, Rickon and Bran.

High_SparrowThe High Sparrow

The High Sparrow laid down the law in season 5, sending Cersei, Margaery, and Loras to jail for their sins.

He is currently in King’s Landing actively dealing with these cases.

 

Reek_in_sansas_weddingTheon Greyjoy/Reek

Theon Greyjoy (also known as Reek) FINALLY manned up and helped Sansa Stark escape Winterfell.

His whereabouts of his person, much like his penis, are unknown.

Tommen_Season_6Tommen Baratheon

Margaery told Tommen that his mother was likely responsible for Loras’ arrest (a spot on assumption), which led Tommen to angrily confront his mother and demand his brother-in-law’s release. His plea fell on deaf ears, and Tommen expressed regret to his wife, who he later would helplessly watch get arrested.

He is currently in King’s Landing awaiting his wife’s trial. He does not yet know that his sister has been murdered (poor Tommen).

TormundGS5Tormund Giantsbane

Tormund survived the wildling massacre and traveled to Castle Black with Jon Snow, Edd, and the other survivors.

As far as we know, he is still located somewhere near Castle Black.

 

Tyrion_Season_6Tyrion Lannister

Tyrion was kidnapped by Ser Jorah and brought to Meereen, which worked out perfectly since he was heading there anyways.

In Meereen, Tyrion was introduced to Daenerys, eventually becoming an advisor of hers.

Tyrion is currently standing in for Daenerys, who has been kidnapped by Dothraki, as the ruler of Meereen.

Varys_Season_6Varys

The Spider is currently in Meereen with Tyrion, probably being sassy as hell.

 

 

Who are you most excited to see during the season 6 premiere? Let us know in the comments!

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‘The Winds of Winter’: New Status Update

Well folks, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but we will not be able to read The Winds of Winter before the season six premiere of Game of Thrones. 

The Winds of Winter is not finished,” a noticeably depressed and apologetic George R.R. Martin revealed earlier today on his LiveJournal blog.

“I failed. I blew the Halloween deadline, and I’ve now blown the end of the year deadline,” Martin explained, “and that almost certainly means that no, The Winds of Winter will not be published before the sixth season of Game of Thrones premieres in April.”

The Game of Thrones franchise now finds itself in a very unique situation, as the show will be featuring canon material from The Winds of Winter (as confirmed by Martin), but without the original source material available to viewers. This means that, for the first time ever, diehard readers of the book series will have to turn to the HBO adaptation to learn more about the murderous, treacherous, and downright mysterious world that is Westeros.

This is definitely extremely disappointing news for fans of the book series. Not only do we all have to wait longer to get our hands on the book, but the axis of power has shifted. Readers can no longer revel in the amount of information they hold compared to non-readers, which some of the more zealous fans may consider to be the worst news of all.

But fans aren’t the only ones who are disappointed by this news.

“You’re disappointed, and you’re not alone,” Martin sadly admitted. “My editors and publishers are disappointed, HBO is disappointed, my agents and foreign publishers and translators are disappointed… but no one could possibly be more disappointed than me.”

Martin’s disappointment is understandable, but, truthfully, it’s kind of unwarranted.

We as fans can’t even begin to fathom the immense pressure that Martin is under right now, both as a writer and as a human being.

Here’s a man who puts so much extreme detail and care into everything he writes, carefully weaving in clues and information that will be useful for future plot points. There are no accidents in his writing – everything has a perfect place.

George R.R. Martin is one hell of an author, and that’s a feat he accomplished through time, patience, and care.

But many fans don’t have that same level of patience, nor do they understand how grueling the writing process can be. Demand from us prompts Martin’s publishers to demand action from him, which certainly would create stress for Martin, distracting him from his work.

If anyone should be disappointed in themselves, it’s the fools who keep rushing Martin to complete his art on their time table.

So, on behalf of GeekGirl World, I have this message to send to Martin: take your sweet time, my liege. This is your story, your world, your life, and we’re all merely just strangers enjoying the fruits of your labor. Do you, boo. When The Winds of Winter is finally ready for the world to see, I promise we’ll all still be here waiting with excitement.

When exactly that will be, we just don’t know… and neither does Martin.

“It will be done when it’s done,” Martin explained. “And it will be as good as I can possibly make it.”

As far as this fan is concerned, that’s a perfectly fine answer.

Are you excited for The Winds of Winter? Share your excitement (or lack thereof) and theories in the comments!

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Ned Stark Will Be Back in Season 6 of ‘Thrones’

…But probably not in the way you were expecting.

Watchers on the Wall reported today that 13-year-old English actor Sebastian Croft has been cast for the role of a young Ned Stark.

Croft may not be a household name, but for 13-years-old this kid already has one hell of a theater resume. He has appeared in London West End productions of Matilda and Les Miserables. He also starred as Oliver in a UK national tour of Oliver!, and most recently he played the title role in The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13 ¾ at the Leicester Curve.

Based on Croft’s appearance alone, he seems to be a dead ringer for Ned… albeit much much younger, of course. Just look at those eyes!

We last saw Ned Stark way back in season 1, where he was played by Sean Bean. The character famously lost his head only to find it later on a stick, all thanks to the King Douchebag, Joffrey.

Although his appearance was short lived, Ned still remains one of the most beloved characters in the entire A Song of Ice and Fire book and HBO series.

Many fans have long believed that Sean Bean would eventually reappear in the series to finally bring some confirmation to the L+R=J theory. Others yet hope that he will reappear for some sweet, sweet Lady Stoneheart x Zombie Ned goodness…or maybe that’s just me.

But pretty much no one speculated that we’d be seeing a Ned this young. What purpose will he serve, we wonder?

Let us know your theories in the comments below!

 

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New Evidence Suggests Harington Will Return for Season 6 of ‘Thrones’

Unless you’ve been living under Casterly Rock, you know that Jon Snow was killed off in the Game of Thrones season 5 finale.

…Or was he?

Fans of the A Song of Ice and Fire book series and the HBO series have serious doubts about Snow’s death, and they’ve conjured up some pretty solid fan theories to explain how he could have survived his brutal assassination.

But we may now have some actual, non-conjectured proof that our favorite bastard will return for season 6 after all.

Kit Harington has been recently spotted in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where filming for season 6 of Game of Thrones is currently underway. He was first spotted at the airport in Belfast after disembarking his flight from London, a flight that fellow costar Tom Wlaschiha (Jaqen H’ghar) also was on (as reported by Watchers on the Wall).

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Harington was also sniped by The Daily Mail walking around Belfast a few days after he was spotted at the airport, this time with (former?) co star Ben Crompton (who you’ll know as Dolorous Edd, Snow’s Night’s Watch brother).

He’s covering up in a hoodie, but it’s clear that Harington is still rocking his gorgeous mane, which he was contractually obligated to not cut (Also, can we PLEASE talk about those skinny jeans?).

It could be that Harington is in Belfast simply filming scenes where he plays a dead body preparing for a good ol’ fashioned Night’s Watch burning, but if the fan theories do hold any merit (and we hope they do), Harington could be in Belfast for the long run.

But until George R.R Martin releases The Winds of Winter or Game of Thrones season 6 premieres (which will come first? we don’t know), the theories will remain just that… theories.

Do you think Jon Snow will be revived in season 6? Share your thoughts and theories below!

 

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