The sixth episode this season confirmed the return of a beloved character who may know the biggest secret about the Bastard of Winterfell. [Warning: Spoilers!]”>
It was a wise move for Blood of My Blood, an unexpectedly merciful hour of Game of Thrones, to ease off misery the week after Hodors heart-wrenching death. True to its title, the episode dwelt mostly on family, as long-lost faces (hello, Benjen) returned to wind up momentum for the clashes to come.
Jaime is now on his way to Riverrun, for a battle that will pit him opposite Brienne. The treacherous Freys are back, but so is the Brotherhood Without Banners. Tommen has given the Faith Militant more power than ever in Kings Landing. And Bran, whether hes ready for it or not, now knows the entire history of Westeros, including what happened to the Mad King Aerys Targaryenand, as well likely see, Jon Snows real parents.
Benjens return was the hours show-stopping revelation, and a moment of sweet vindication for fan theory enthusiasts whove had the undead Coldhands identity figured out for years. Neds younger brother, a former First Ranger of the Nights Watch, disappeared on an investigative mission north of the Wall shortly after bringing Jon Snow to Castle Black in Season 1. His horse returned riderless and he was never heard from again. Until now.
Fans long suspected that a character dubbed Coldhands, who shows up in Martins A Storm of Swords to save Gilly and Sam from wights, was actually Benjen Starkhence the mysterious characters Nights Watch cloak. (George R.R. Martin has flat-out denied that Coldhands is Benjen, even to his editor, making this another welcome instance of the show tying up loose plot threads the way it sees fit.)
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