- "The Night's Watch is a sworn brotherhood. We have no families. None of us will ever father sons. Our wife is duty. Mistress our honor."
- ―Benjen to Jon Snow.
First Ranger Benjen Stark, also known as Ben Stark, is a member of House Stark and a former ranger of the Night's Watch. The youngest child of Lord Rickard and Lyarra Stark, Benjen joined the Night's Watch not long after the end of Robert's Rebellion. He quickly rose the ranks to become First Ranger, where he led ranging parties beyond the Wall. One day, he led a ranging party beyond and never returned. Not long after, an ambitious and large-scale ranging force was led north to find him, as well as perform reconnaissance on the Free Folk. In the books, he remains missing, and presumed dead, although a theory places him as the true identity of Coldhands. In the show, it is revealed he was killed by a White Walker and almost returned as a wight, but was saved by the Children, who halted his transformation, allowing him to later save Bran and Meera from wights, before escorting them to the Wall and leaving. He later returned to save Jon Snow after he was left behind by Daenerys, sacrificing his life to allow Jon to escape.