Sep 23 2013
I didn’t really expect a Game of Thrones fan film to be anything halfway decent, but I was actually pleasantly surprised by “A Tale of Benjen Stark.” As show watchers and book readers alike will know, Ben Stark disappeared incredibly early on in the story, and hasn’t been heard from since. This short film imagines what he’s possibly been up to, running into Wildlings and ice zombies and White Walkers alike. And they’ve done a pretty damn good job of it. Sure, it’s more of an action sequence than character development, but it’s well done.
Though Ben Stark hasn’t yet been located even after five books (which seems weird) there are theories that he’s the mysterious “Coldhands” who serves as guide to both Sam and Bran. We never fully see his face, and it’s implied he was a Night’s Watch brother, but I also do remember reading that Coldhands is supposed to be exceptionally old, so maybe it isn’t him. But it would almost be weirder if it wasn’t, because then where is he?
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