I do not think I am "inventing". I am more than willing to accept that Jojen may still be alive but I think to believe that Martin didn't leave the question of whether or not he was in that weirwood paste open to interpretation on purpose is wrong. There are plenty of indications toward that outcome and if Martin did NOT intend for his readers to wonder if Jojen had survived, it would be sloppy and pointless writing. And, let me be clear, I do not think this was sloppy writing.
You are not inventing things, the suggestion in the text is there and quite a few people have now suggested something may be up - or at least that Martin wants to give that impression (possibly as a red herring). If it is a red herring though, it seems to have failed as most people on the board seem to really hate this theory and it tends to get very dismissive reactions style "this is the dumbest thing I've ever read on this board". I guess it's a touchy subject?
Why was Jojen so nervous and apprehensive during these chapters? Why did we see Bran receiving the vision of human sacrifice and tasting blood? Why the specific allusions to the weirwood paste have a blood like substance in it? There may be other explanations but Jojen becoming a sacrifice is certainly among them. And its not as if, as I noted before, that human sacrifice in order to access deep magic is foreign in ASOIAF. To the contrary, it is common.
Maybe Jojen was so sullen because he knows he has to stay in the cave and even do the tree thing eventually - but that seems rather Bran's fate (or they may well all return to the north come spring, or even before if those underground passages lead somewhere as seems hinted at). Another thing that has been suggested is that Jojen and Meera have already spent a long time in the cave, with no (obvious) way out and unlike Bran they really don't have anything to do. Anyone would have a problem with that, though Meera does react quite differently from Jojen (who is afraid of something).
Not only would Bran be very angry with Bloodraven if this were true and probably refuse to go any further with him, but Bloodraven and the children would likely lose the future support of Howland Reed and his people. The cranogmen believe in the power of the old gods, have provided greenseers, supported the North who have helped maintain the Wall and NW and it is doubtful they would countenance one of their own greenseers being sacrificed.
Bran will be very angry if this happened, and he will find out (if so). But, if Jojen was sacrificed then I suppose it was likely voluntarily on his part. Many people are speculating about "Nissa Nissa" relative to AA, apparently in that case a sacrifice may be acceptable as an idea for the reader (as long as it is around Jon and/or Dany), but not in this case?
Could Jojen have decided to sacrifice himself for the good of the north and the world? He knew the day he would die, apparently, and his greendreams may have told him things. It would also explain his anxiety; nobody wants
to die. Still, he may have given in at some point.
Granted, one would think Meera would try everything to stop it, tell Jojen he was crazy and use violence on the children of the forest. If Martin had only shown her in those last couple of pages of Bran's last chapter...
I can't think of any reason that the blood had to have come from Jojen. The blood could have come from an animal or even one of the children sacrificing some blood. The human bones could be the bones of children through the 8,000 years since they moved north of the wall.
Jojen is a greenseer. Melisandre is always telling us there is power in King's blood, though this appears to be bullshit as blood from a random Florent seems to work as well in practice. But maybe there could be quite real power in a greenseer's blood? Something not there in a random sacrifice? This paste did cause a serious "level-up" for Bran. And aren't greenseers supposed to have short lifespans, at least those among the children of the forest?
But maybe you're right and nothing happened to Jojen at all, and he was afraid for another reason. Maybe the Reeds are scouting out the caverns and on their way to find a way out. I just wish Martin didn't write this chapter in such a way that I can't dismiss the possibility out of hand.
Edited by Wouter, 23 August 2011 - 05:31 AM.