Though we didn’t see Benjen die for good, most viewers assumed he sacrificed himself to save Jon Snow. but as fans on reddit have pointed out, we “had no real confirmation that he’s dead.” Not to mention, thanks to the Lord of Light’s magic, we’ve already seen death isn’t always the end for some folks — like Jon Snow, the Mountain, Beric Dondarrion.
Plus, as some other fans note, it’s clear the Children worked out some kinks with the ol’ dragonglass-to-the-heart trick since they turned some of the First Men into the first White Walkers. It’s possible Benjen was made, not only to help save his kin from the White Walkers, but as a possible solution to the problem the Children of the Forest created in the first place with the White Walkers. And perhaps he isn’t the only good guy with a shard of dragonglass in his heart.
Let’s just put it this way: we won’t be surprised if Uncle Ben or somebody like him shows up again.
Game of Thrones returns for its final season on Sunday, April 14 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO