The Cold the Wights and the "wight" walkers
First,you will see me use a term "The cold" in the OP it's synonymous to the white cold/white mist/blizzard " basically it's a coined term that refers to a Winter greenseer and its abilities.
It is accepted in and out of the books that the white walkers are the ones that raise the dead, and while it can be argued that a link does exist between them(later down); I will offer an alternative to this belief by showing that they(the white walkers) are not the ones raising the Wights nor are they the driving force behind Wight attacks on humans.So if not the wws then who? I believe that GRRM has seeded subtle clues indicating that the power to raise the dead lay wth a Greenseer who has been using the cold winds as a vehicle to enthrall the dead and combining them with a blizzard has created the perfect weapon.
1.The Cold : When the Cold Winds rise the dead rise with them
"The cold winds are rising" has been a very ominous warning uttered in the North partcularly,in Winterfell and at The Wall and i fear that over time the knowledge was lost pertaining to the dead rising when this strange wind begins to blow from the North.And it is a wind that is absent in any other Winter because it wasn't the time for that Greenseer to rule.
ETA:GRRM's 1993 outline does confirm that the wws are not the ones raising the Wights. Even after all this time clues still points to that.So this theory turned out to be true after all.
Textual evidence below
I would like to also go into this last quote.Notice that after V6 is expelled from Thistle the visual we get of him on the ground feebly twitching and Thistle behaving erraticaly is the same behavior we see when Bran Skinchanges Hodor or when V6 skinchanged not only Thistle but his Shadow cat.I think that incident in ADWD prologue is both Thistle and V6's body being enthralled.
2. The Cold = Greenseer/Skinchanger
So if the WWs are not responsible for the raising what is? I would now ask you is there any difference between the powers of Skinchangers/Greenseers to enthrall compared with what we see going on with the Wights?No there isn't any, except in one case the living are enthralled and in the other case the dead.But be it dead or alive man,beast or bird it is only skinchanging and its abilities that can achieve such a thing.Also some of the qouetsdo not only show precedence for Skinchagers/greenseers to bind animals and humans to them but also to use the elements of nature including the Wind.But maybe the most telling of all the quotes is Leaf's warning to Bran when he was insistent that Ned was alive " No boy ,do not seek to call him back from death". Does she think Bran can accomplish such a feat,i would say yes.Based on the power we know Greenseers have to inhabit and enthrall.So to reiterate what is responsible for the Wights and the WWs is just another Greenseer.
Textual evidence below
3.The White walkers :
First a look at information from that i think is important in understanding beyond the Wall
"North of the Wall, things are different. That's where the Children went, and the giants, and the other old races"......... Mance thinks he'll fight, the brave sweet stubborn man, like the white walkers were no more than rangers, but what does he know? He can call himself King-beyond-the-Wall all he likes, but he's still just another old black crow who flew down from the Shadow Tower.(A Game of Thrones, Ch. 66).
"Is the Wall as big as Craster use to say?" Gilly asked."Bigger". Sam tried to sound cheerful."So big you can't even see the castle's hidden behind it.But they're there you'll see.The Wall is all ice,but the castles are stone and wood(ASOS,Sam,pg.640).
GRRM speaking on WWs weaponry : "Ice. But not like regular old ice. The Others can do things with ice that we can't imagine and make substances of it"
Necromancy animates these wights, yet they are still only dead flesh. Steel and fire will serve for them. The ones you call the Others are something more.Melissandre
We see from Osha's statement that the COTF and Giants are not the only ones that fled beyond the Wall.Leaf also named Direwolves as one of the Old Races, but are they more? We also have GRRM's statement about the powers of "The Others"( I think GRRM is answering from the interviewers understanding that WWs=Others) being ice oriented but there's no mention of them being Necromancers if you notice.Originally( i still do in a way) i believed that the WWs were another set of Children given the similarties of camo and low numbers with the COTF.From a survival standpoint,I don't imagine the Children living in the frozen North beyond the Wall looking like the ones in Bran's cave.I would think they would also match the cold environment seeing as they are big on blending with their surroundings.The below quote solidified this belief for me.
"Yet no matter the truths of their arts the Children were led by their Greenseers and they could be found from the LOAW to the shores of the Summer Sea WB pg 7."
But if they are not an isolated evolutionary variation of the COTF then maybe they are a manifestation of the the Cold Greenseer.My fellow Heretic Frey Family Reunion characterized them as Golems and i really like that description if they were indeed created.Given the above quote imo the wws could also be a class of Children who are Winter affliated and they too would be led by a Greenseer for Winter.Keep in mind the below.
I think it's clear by now that the WWs cannot and do not raise the Wights,but another part to this arguement is can they and are they leading them to attack humans.This is what the annals say about that " Those who die in battle against "The Others" must be burnt else they come back as their thrall".In all my search through the text of the current situation i have to say no.Not only is it not neccassary that the wws lead them the eye witness account during Wight activity does not put them at the scene.
when Othor and Jaffa were found here are Jon's observations:
Later that night when Othor and Jaffar rose:
Because some of the quotes above can apply here;i've put **** next to those that can go here.But not only are wws MIA,but in every case what we do have is our strange Cold Wind,and or Blizzard.
She took a deep breath. "The air tastes sweet.""My tongue is too numb to tell. All I can taste is cold.""Cold?" Val laughed lightly. "No. When it is cold it will hurt to breathe. When the Others come ..."
From the above statements and description.We could see how easily the Wildlings in the prologue could have frozen,how the world could turn white in mere minutes in V6 prologue..How easy it is to be incapacitated and die in a Wight horde if it's what's needed.
4.Greenseers and real world Myths.
Without going to much into another theory it seems GRRM is using the Greenseers as archatypes of the Oak and Holly King relationship.Depending on what tradition is involved the Oak and Holly King are two sides of the same god (The Horned Lord) while in others they are twin brothers engaged in an everlasting but neccssary struggle that governs "The Wheel of the year" or the seasonal lengths.
Melissandre is correct in her statement about "the gods":
The same dance per the Holly and Oak king Myth is being employed to determine the lengths for their half of the year .Melisandre is wrong in her interpretation that they are gods, they are just Avatars to govern the seasons merging a magical bloodline and the Weirnet and beyond.Thus making GRRM's statement about the problem of the seasons being magical all the more understandable.We see this story being played out again with the story of the Shrouded Lord and what happens on sorrows which is eerily similar to what is going on North.However the story of the Shrouded Lord is just another tale that shows how Winter or Holly King is chosen.Him always by betrayal
For reference of myth in and out of text:
http://asoiaf.wester...191-heresy-146/( Garth Greenhand)
Based on the motif and who lines up most perfectly,Bran/BR are the embodiment of the Oak(Summer) Kings.Jon i think has been tapped to be the next Holly(Winter) King.His predecessor i believe is none other than Cold Hands(the winter and Night's king).Lets go back to the story of the Shrouded Lord for a little.
Does this sound familiar?
Now the Shrouded Lord is characterize as not being like the other sone men.Can't the same be said for CH's a Wight not like the other wights in the way of him being autonomous.
Jon Snow and Shrouded Lord Parallel
As i said above it seems most likely that Jon would be the next to wear the mantle of Winter/Nights King and i think how has already been put into the story.
Both betrayed,and described statuesque.Keep in mind another crucial part of this tale,that the position is reoccuring with someone emerging periodically to take the place of the one before.No different than what we also see with the Greenseeing counter part.
In sum: The White Walkers while seen as the ones who raise and control the dead are no more than "boogie men" concealing the only creatues capable of such a feat.Who the COTF label "Greenseers" .The one in the LOAW have been using the wind to travel down .GSs are the only ones capable and the one over Summer and the other over Winter have come to the point where they need to be replaced.If they go willingly or not There are many ways GRRM could choose to reinvent this epic battle.Usually they are supose to keep each other in check when it is their respective time to rule.
I know it was long but thanks for reading
Note: WightWalker instead of WhiteWalker was a little joke on my part.Thanks guys
ETA: Though we have differing opinions on who the "Others" are my fellow Heretic has done a good job of listing the Hierarchy http://asoiaf.wester...dpost&p=6788893
Edited by wolfmaid7, 08 April 2015 - 09:17 PM.
Fixed spoiler tags