Blue Rose Direwolf, on 30 January 2013 - 03:50 AM, said:
Dude, I hope I'm wrong and you're right. I'd love for Bran to get out in the world and have a real life. But I don't think that'll happen. GRRM won't let Bran have so many powers and not sacrifice a great deal for them. I think Bran will probably become BR's successor and become a powerful greenseer in the North.
As others have pointed out, he was crippled as a child and has recently lost his brother, father, mother, and Winterfell to betrayals, so the notion that his life has been all party all the time with zero sacrifice doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
Bran is BR's successor as a greenseer, but that doesn't mean he's stuck in the cave. As far as we can tell, now that he's eaten the paste he's incredibly powerful/can access stuff without plugging into the weir-network. Again, as far as we can tell, the reason BR is half-tree at this point is to extend his life, so that he could live long enough for Bran to reach him. Now, if (as some have suggested) BR or the CoTF possess malign designs and Bran has been duped, then it may be true that he'll be unable to ever leave the cave. But if they aren't, then there isn't a particularly good reason for him to stay there.
Due to his powers, Bloodraven was a force to be reckoned with in his youth/adulthood, and he didn't feel the need to tree-up until he was already an old man. It stands to reason then that Bran would also be a force to be reckoned with if/when he goes back south -- I personally think that Martin would love to write that, instead of keeping Bran as a static tree historian.
After all, Bran has all the trappings of a legendary hero plucked right out of the history of westeros (or one of Old Nan's stories), does he not? He's a Stark who was crippled as a boy by a Lannister, had his father executed by an inbred Lannister King, had his brother become King in the North only to be betrayed in a plot orchestrated by the Lannisters, before finally losing Winterfell and -- as far as the realm has known, his life -- to the turncloak Theon Greyjoy. Down but not out, he's becoming a warg/greenseer of unrivaled power. The idea of a crippled Stark boy becoming a feared (if theories about Bran's descent are correct) Warg-King-in-the-North is exactly the sort of thing that the tales are full of. It all seems too fantastic to be true, yet it is.
None of this is to say that Bran will have a happy ending -- how many of those legendary heroes of old had happy endings? -- but I will strongly argue that there are far more interesting things (I've only ventured one of many) that Martin can -- and almost certainly will - do with Bran than have him spend his life as a tree historian.
Edited by Prince Bran, 06 February 2013 - 07:14 AM.