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(Warning: Mild Game of Thrones SPOILERS may be hiding below...)

Big news, Game of Thrones fans! George R.R. Martin just debunked one of the most popular theories relating to the beloved A Song of Ice and Fire series - and, best of all, did it in a whole lot of style.

To make sense of it though, we first have to head back and take a look at a character who hasn't made it to the TV series - and most likely won't.

That character? A mysterious figure - who may or may not be a white walker - named Coldhands.


An integral part of both Bran and Sam's stories in the books, Coldhands has - despite seemingly being completely removed from the TV series - long had an even greater significance for many fans of the novels.

The reason?

A Whole Lot of People Believe Coldhands is Benjen Stark

But, y'know - icier...
But, y'know - icier...

Otherwise known as Ned Stark's younger brother, and the very much missing First Ranger of the Night's Watch...

Now, seeing as Coldhands spent much of the books helping out both the Night's Watch and the Stark family (in the form of Bran), many fans believe that he and Benjen are in fact one and the same.

The only problem?

George R.R. Martin Just Debunked the Hell Out of That

"Just because I could..."
"Just because I could..."

And, as mentioned earlier, he just happened to do it in the most bad-ass way possible - and yet completely indirectly.

Y'see, an intrepid Redditor tracked down the original manuscript for the fifth book in the Song of Ice and Fire series, A Dance with Dragons, at the Cushing Library at Texas A&M University.

There, they found this...

A page from the manuscript on which the editor has theorized that Benjen Stark is in fact Coldhands.

And onto which George R.R. Martin has written, in perfectly absolute red...NO.

Which...pretty much wraps that one up, then...

So, now, for fans of the novels, the question of just who the hell Coldhands is wide open again - and for fans of both the books and the series, it's definitely time to ask...

Where the hell is Benjen?

Let me know your theories below!

via Dorkly


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