I think there was a major point to the flashbacks:
The two children fighting were, IMO, Lyanna and probably Benjen. I think that it was written this way to show just how "Stark" Lyanna looked.
The biggest thing about all of the Stark children was that Jon looked "Stark" where Robb didn't. If Bran mistook Lyanna for Arya at first and R+L=J, it would be easy to say that Jon took after his mother, who was very "Stark" looking.
This!! I love this connection. Great point!
I've got a theory. I believe someone in the forums stated this before, but it got me thinking: Could Coldhands be Benjen Stark? It's easy to see how he could have become an agent for Brynden. And I'm almost certain the COTF got Coldhands to supply the NW with dragonglass gear. It also helps explain why he wouldn't show his face to Bran.
Interesting theory; that could be why he never showed Bran his face.
Personally, I'm of the mindset that Coldhands is a wight (maybe or maybe not someone important from the past), and is warged by Bloodraven the entire time he's helping Bran. Which would mean that Bran could one day warg into wights (but not the Others), if he needed to.
Now that being said i also noticed at the end bran has only one Tree-vision On his throne And infront of BR. but has a Bunch more when he returns to some alcove in the ground to rest. Now what I (possibly) took from that was that BR wasnt trying to push Bran thus 'you've seen through a tree that'll do for today' possibly implying it didnt just Come to BR when he first arrived either, hence training. Now the point im dancing around is GRRM trying to point out JUST how powerful Bran is already, only to get stronger through tree/throne/body connection
that perhaps Bran is going to have a power that even BR does not possess? Access to the Weirnet without a throne??? thus not forcing him to be forever trapped in a mountain in a cave in a tree???
That's what I got from reading it, as well. I don't think even BR knows how powerful Bran can/will become.
Also - I don't get anyone who thinks the CotF control the White Walkers. Makes no sense and is grasping at straws. all will be revealed someday.
Agreed. Although, while I don't think they can control the White Walkers, I do think they can warg into wights. /smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
Another Theory: R'hllor is the good god and the old gods are 'the Other' or the god of darkness. I think this because Brynden tells Bran to never fear darkness, while Melisandre preaches that darkness is bad.
Also, this feels like a typical thing GRRM would do. Have sweet poor boy Bran be part of evil while sinister Melisandre is actually an instrument of good.
This is what I'm afraid of! It does seem like a place the story could go.