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Why didn’t Martin use Bran as a vessel to show some historical events?

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The dry, academic style of Maester Gyldayn is probably easier to write than constructing a novel style narrative where Bran uses the Weirwood net to explore the past. 

Also, Gyldayn allows ambiguity and disputes, e.g. what was in Nymor's letter that spooked Aegon? How much of her book did Coryanne Wylde actually write? Did Mushroom really suggest that Jace Strong look for dragonseeds? 

A Bran narrated F&B means we lose this ambiguity, as he has a CCTV view of the past!!

Edited by Ser Uncle P

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Bran is a novice at looking into the past.  He needs more coaching from the 3ER. Once he's ready we'll see more visions of the past.

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On 3/10/2019 at 12:42 PM, Adam Yozza said:

There's two books left. He may still do this if there's any events in the past that are relative to the events of the series.

I agree - I think we will get flashbacks/Bran viewing the past in the next 2 books.

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On 3/10/2019 at 11:42 AM, Adam Yozza said:

There's two books left. He may still do this if there's any events in the past that are relative to the events of the series.

 

19 minutes ago, Legitimate_Bastard said:

I agree - I think we will get flashbacks/Bran viewing the past in the next 2 books.

Agreed.  There's time left and I believe readers will see things through Bran's eyes that Martin wants to reveal to the audience.  It just probably hasn't been time to reveal those things yet;)

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13 hours ago, Prince of the North said:

 

Agreed.  There's time left and I believe readers will see things through Bran's eyes that Martin wants to reveal to the audience.  It just probably hasn't been time to reveal those things yet;)

Plus it's kept us all frothing at the mouth and guessing/arguing what will happen next. GRRM is a master.

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3 hours ago, Legitimate_Bastard said:

Plus it's kept us all frothing at the mouth and guessing/arguing what will happen next. GRRM is a master.

Yep, Martin knows how to keep the audience interested.  Now, I vehemently disagree with those who think Martin's purpose is simply to "trick" the audience, etc.  I don't think so.  I believe he wants the audience to be "pickin'up what he's layin' down", so to speak.  But at the same time I don't think Martin wants to "spoon feed" info to readers in ASoIaF, he wants them to have to work for it a bit.  I often liken it to sort of "triangulation".  That is, Martin will give a detail over here, another detail over there, other details over somewhere else and readers have to put it all together (Jon resembling Lyanna by way of Arya is a classic example).  But, yes, I'm sure there's still more to reveal and at least some of it will be through Bran's eyes...and probably even through his greensight;)

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On 3/10/2019 at 1:42 PM, Adam Yozza said:

There's two books left. He may still do this if there's any events in the past that are relative to the events of the series.

   I do agree with the honorable Council Member on this topic. The next two books will, without a doubt, show things that happened in the past. 

   Now, the specific tragedy of Summerhall might not be shown.

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18 minutes ago, HallowedMarcus said:

Now, the specific tragedy of Summerhall might not be shown.

That’s for the final D&E, which I already don’t want to read! :crying:

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