Jun 01, 2016 02:35 AM EDT

'Winds of Winter' Spoiler News: GRRM Strikes Down Speculations

By Jane Reed

When author George R.R. Martin wrote the book fantasy series "Song of ice and Fire," it gave birth to the must-watch HBO Television series "Game of Thrones." GRRM has been up to his neck trying to finish the "Winds of Winter" book but since the "Game of Thrones" series has already entered its sixth season, fans are trying to figure out the truth behind every character, every event and every story.

Some of the fans may have already read the chapter about Mercy in "Winds of Winter," so Arya Stark's outcome may not have been shocking. However, the return of a Stark character in the TV series was unexpected. According to the IB Times, Uncle Benjen Stark showed up on the "Game of Thrones" episode, being an ally of the Three-Eyed Raven after being saved from turning into a White Walker. Benjen joined the Night's Watch after his brother took over the House and became the Lord of Winterfell. He quickly rose through the ranks and became a Ranger. GRRM denied all speculation that Coldhands was Benjen. Vulture has it that the original manuscript of "A Dance with Dragons" revealed that Coldhands was not Benjen Stark.

Will the author change his mind and confirm that Coldhands and Benjen are the same in "Winds of Winter?" Though the television series has promised to stay true to the story, there are some twists and turns that have to be manufactured since author George R.R. Martin hasn't finished the final installment, "Winds of Winter." So the show runners may have tweaked it to show that Coldhands is Benjen.

Another big reveal from "Winds of Winter" in the TV series was that of Mercy, a name Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) takes. In the TV show, Arya is seen to be in internal turmoil. Will her on-screen and book character versions go back to being a Stark?

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