Narea, on 17 August 2011 - 02:44 AM, said:
Bran does come off as becoming darker as time goes, doesn't he ?
In the begining, we have him liking scary stories about winter and white-walkers, later he begins to distance himself from other people, in ASOS he accidentaly wargs Hodor (which I can forgive as it was an accident), and then in ADWD he not only regularly wargs Hodor, he also eats human flesh as Summer and lets face it...there is no way he believed Coldhands about finding a sow...
I don't get how people can just wave off any concerns about warging Hodor just because he is "simple" and he does not know about "Warging Ethics". I mean he is taking away Hodor's free will and his control over his own body, he even knows that Hodor is scared out of his mind and he still keeps doing it. I hate to draw this parallel, but in HP Imperius is one the Unforgivables and noone needs explaining why taking away someone's control over their actions is bad.
So yes, Bran with his inclinations towards what people consider immoral, is becoming a true child of winter.
I also wouldn't put it past the CoF to actually be in league with the Others seeing as not only is a wight Bran's guide to the CoF, it's also wights that keep him and others with him from leaving. I'm pretty sure the CoF are using the Others as well as Bran as instruments of their revenge on Men.
Someone already said that Others can't be of same race as the CoF because their stature is too different, but are we absolutely sure that it's one of the Others that Sam slayed ?
As many others, Bran is only doing what is necessary to survive... This is not some dreamy fantasy novel, where everything is black and white... IMHO, Bran needs to undergo a true ordeal to become stronger and more mature and to become what is closest to a hero in Martin's world. Stark children, and Bran in particular, are going through some serious hardships their counterparts in the Westerosi world are protected from, but their darker education will only serve to make them better people... More realistic, darker, more practical, more ruthless, but, in the end, good people.... The times are tough, and they will get tougher... But look at Ramsey Bolton and Joffrey, for example... They are purely evil... Bran has never been sadistic - even if he uses Hodor against his will, he is doing so because he does not have moral guidance of an adult... But the Stark upbringing will steer him in the right direction. He's just a disabled kid in a nightmarish world... Many of us did things that were wrong when we were children, that's a normal part of growing up...