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; I will offer an alternative to this belief by showing that they are not the ones raising the Wights nor are they the driving force behind the attacks on humans.So if not the WWs then who?
I believe the author have seeded clues that indicate that the power to raise the dead lays wth the "Green"seers who have been using the wind as a vehicle to move in the environment and enthrall the dead.
When the Cold Winds rise the dead rise with it
Off the bat we see in text a connection between the cold winds and the wights and more importantly a connection between the cold wind the connection with the dead and skinchanging/Greenseer abilities:Relevant text below:
"Oh, my sweet summer child,” Old Nan said quietly, “what do you know of fear? Fear is for the winter, my little lord, when the snows fall a hundred feet deep and the ice wind comes howling out of the north."
The day was grey, damp, overcast, the sort of day that made you wish for rain. No wind stirred the wood; the air hung humid and heavy, and Jon’s clothes clung to his skin. It was warm. Too warm...........A north wind had begun to blow by the time the sun went down. Jon could hear it skirling against the Wall and over the icy battlements as he went to the common hall for the evening meal(AGOT,382&386).
Some hardly looked like trees at all. Buried from root to crown in frozen snow, they huddled on the hill like giants, monstrous and misshapen creatures hunched against the icy wind....
“They are here.” The ranger drew his longsword. “Where?” Meera’s voice was hushed. “Close. I don’t know. Somewhere.”(ADWD,Bran)
Wind and Greenseeing/Skinchanging
“But,” said Bran, “he heard me.”“He heard a whisper on the wind, a rustling amongst the leaves...............(Bran,ADWD).
Then both were gone and he was rising, melting, his spirit borne on some cold wind.(Adwd prologue).
"The cold winds are rising, and men go out from their fires and never come back ... or if they do, they're not men no more, but only wights, with blue eyes and cold black hands. Why do you think I run south with Stiv and Haliand the rest of them fools?"
“The cold winds are rising. Mormont feared as much. Benjen Stark felt it as well. Dead men walk and the trees have eyes again. Why should we balk at wargs and giants?” ACOKs,Jon
Here we see an anomally repeat itself and it's clear something magical is happening.Waymar's observation that the Wildlings couldn't have frozen because the Wall was weeping.Meaning it was warm.Now when the Wights are found it is unusually warm which would render the Wights dormant until they were found,then a switch to a Cold Wind blowing from the North.There ofcourse would have to be eyes on the Wall or near to know the Watch had taken the bodies in.There has been questions as to why the Wights were able to rise on the Wall,i believe the answer lies in what the Watch has done since the last LN. They dug tunnels through the Wall which would have allowed the Wind to enter.Fortunately,during the Wildling attack Jon had the tunnels filled in...Yeah.Lets continue with how the Greenseers fit into this.
V6 has the ability to enthrall multiple animals against their will.He ripped Haggon from his wolfs body and had he not been dying his mastery of Thistle would have been complete.Importantly,what V6 showed that is of most import is the ability to travel and have affect on the external world as a disembodied Skinchanger.At one point V6 was expelled from Thistle(more on this later) he was not dead but for a lttle bit he was able to conciously travel.
"Weaponizing the dead and cold"
"He emerged beneath a sky the color of white lead. A snow sky, Sam thought, squinting up. The
prospect made him uneasy. He remembered that night on the Fist of the First Men when the
wights and the snows had come together.(affc sam chpt 5)."
This riddle by default asks us to contemplate if one or the other is responsible for said other.Grenn's answer i believe is right "they come together" and again it harkens back to the skinchanger thrall relationship.
"That won't help you none when the White cold comes,Gilly had spoken of the White cold as well"(Sam.asos,pg.445).
"He gives the boys to the gods.Come the White cold,he does"(ACOK,pg.370). The white cold or the mist is the blizzard that they come with.Note such Weather anomaly occurs with the Wights.
When the snows came though snow and sleet and freezing rain, its bloody hard to find dry wood or get your kindling lit, and the cold some nights our fires just seemed to shrivel up and die. Nights like that, you always find some dead come the morning. Less they find you first( ADWD Jon,58).[/spoiler]
The above examples disprove something said in the annals: Gilly mumured to calm the garron down.......But the horse must have caught a whiff of the Wight's queer cold scent (Sam,ASOS,pg.645) "Coldhands smelled. Dead meat, dry blood, a faint whiff of rot. And cold. Cold over all. (Bran 1 ADWD). We have seen,Summer and Ghost tackle Wights before,and both DW's have a negative reaction to them,and i for one would in general say that they are smelling the Wights,sensing danger which was a superficial thought on my part.It is interesting to get a sense of what the DWs feel through their human proxies with regards to the dead. From how the above sentence is written and where the emphasis is placed it is this "Cold" smell that bothers Summer most. So CH's was touched by "the cold" ;a guess he retook his body somehow. [spoiler]The white world turned and fell away. For a moment it was as if he were inside the weirwood, gazing out through carved red eyes as a dying man twitched feebly on the ground and a madwoman danced blind and bloody underneath the moon, weeping red tears and ripping at her clothes
Gilly mumured to calm the garron down.......But the horse must have caught a whiff of the Wight's queer cold scent (Sam,ASOS,pg.645)
"Coldhands smelled. Dead meat, dry blood, a faint whiff of rot. And cold. Cold over all. (Bran 1 ADWD).
We have seen,Summer and Ghost tackle Wights before,and both DW's have a negative reaction to them,and i for one would in general say that they are smelling the Wights,sensing danger which was a superficial thought on my part.It is interesting to get a sense of what the DWs feel through their human proxies with regards to the dead. From how the above sentence is written and where the emphasis is placed it is this "Cold" smell that bothers Summer most. So CH's was touched by "the cold" ;a guess he retook his body somehow.
[spoiler]The white world turned and fell away. For a moment it was as if he were inside the weirwood, gazing out through carved red eyes as a dying man twitched feebly on the ground and a madwoman danced blind and bloody underneath the moon, weeping red tears and ripping at her clothes
So what is the cold,it is an entity that rides the wind and enthralls the dead by taking their bodies.Much like a skinchanger/GS would do with the living.Given this it is not a great leap to say that a winter Greenseer is behind the Wights and the wws and not the wws raising the dead.
The White walkers
As far as the nature of Westros goes, beings such as the COTF , WWs even Dragons are Elementals. Elementals are Nature Spirits and/or Nature Angels who rule over all aspects of nature.In the world of magic Elementals create balance. Air Elementals are spirits that govern communication and inspiration and are represented by such things as birds, butterflies and the wind. Water Elementals oversee govern adaptability. Fire Elementals govern the divine spark in all and is heavily intertwined with spirituality and passion. Lastly,Earth Elementals work with humans and are the guardians of sacred sites and ancient groves and temples.So what does this mean in terms of ASOIAF? It means that all these elementals serve nature and have a purpose integral to how the land is supposed to run.Not evil or good just a tool to protect the balance,now you can run afoul of them and incur some backlash but they aren't out to kill mankind.The WWs maybe part of the Old Races with their own agenda :They maybe themselves servants of "The cold/Greenseer". I myself believe they are also Night's Watch enacted for the Long Night.Questions will probably come up on this,feel free to ask.
"North of the Wall, things are different. That's where the Children went, and the giants, and the other old races". (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).
There is noway the Wall could have been built without ice magic. GRRM had said that the WW's can do things with ice we can't even dream of.Who are the only creatures in this series that can manipulate ice? Therefore,it stands to reason that the WWs helped in building the Wall.But if they helped build the Wall what was its purpose? To keep "the cold entity" on the Northside during that time.While i like this idea as i said i'm not dismissive of the wws themselves being servant of Winter Greenseer only time will tell.
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
Note: WightWalker instead of WhiteWalker was a little joke on my part.Thanks guys
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