Aegar, on 06 July 2011 - 07:04 PM, said:
I know I'm descending into crackpot territory, but maybe Howland is already in the story... I read somewhere about a theory that Jojen is actually Howland, and while it seems far fetched it could make some sense. And how convenient would that be? Maybe a little too convenient.
But what would this add to the story? Jojen and Meera already know things their father has told them. They have imparted some of the knowledge to Bran. More is to come, or so I would assume.
Bran and Rickon went in completely separate directions. Bran went north and across the wall. Rickon, OBVIOUSLY then, went south. If you go south and slightly east from Winterfell, you come into the influence of Greywater Watch. I don't have an opinion one way or the other. It seems that while Rickon is part of the story, he has all but fallen off the map. Hopefully GRRM will at least gives us something solid with him, unlike, for example, Davos. It seems most plausible to me however, that as they traveled south and east, the Reed's skirmishers and fighters who have been tormenting the Ironborn would have stumbled onto Osha and Rickon.
The reality is, Reed is the last person to know what happened at the ToJ so if any of the speculation about Jon's parentage is correct, we have to have him or have a POV character around him to get his info. Who could that be? Not Jon, he is at the Wall. Not Stannis, not Mel. Not Bran, he is across the wall and with Cold Hands. Brienne is in the Riverlands, or the Reach, can't recall exactly. Jaimie is....hmmm I don't know. Last I recall was Riverrun. Basically, there isn't any POV characters we can rely on, with any dependability, to be with Howland. The fact of the matter is, Rickon is the only "important" character who is even in or around that region and he doesn't have a POV. The only other crack pot theory is somehow Theon gets out and ends up with the Reeds and learns of all this stuff, which I find highly unlikely.