A Song of Ice and Fire fans will be relieved to know it's not the one about Jon Snow's true parentage

By Amanda Michelle Steiner
January 16, 2015 05:15 PM
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The dreams of A Song of Ice and Fire fans everywhere have been dashed.

As with anything related to the epic fantasy series, mild spoilers abound for watchers of Game of Thrones and for those not caught up on the canon. Consider yourselves warned.

Reddit user _honeybird visited Texas A&M’s Cushing Library to read through the entire 1,600-page manuscript of A Dance with Dragons, the fifth and newest title in George R.R. Martin‘s saga.

The manuscript, which has been annotated in green ink by Martin’s editor, asks whether the character Coldhands is actually Benjen Stark.

Benjen Stark, a member of the Night’s Watch who disappeared Beyond the Wall during the first book, A Game of Thrones, has long been rumored to be the identity behind Coldhands. A fixture in the novels absent from the TV series, Coldhands looks like a wight (or “white walker,” for GoT watchers) but is “intelligent and seemingly benign,” according to the ASoIaF wiki.

Writes Martin’s editor: “Is this Benjen? I think it’s Benjen 🙂 And does Bran never recognize him [as his long lost uncle] because he never sees his face fully?”

“NO,” Martin noted in red.

Well, that’s that!

With one more fan theory dead in the water, there’s still hope, however, for the theory that Jon Snow (played in the HBO show by Kit Harington) is actually the son of Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen.

L+R=J forever.

Game of Thrones‘ fifth season premieres April 12 on HBO.

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