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Default TEoTW: Chapter 33 - Rand's Fever Dreams

I know, I'm moving slow in my re-read, but I'm really trying to catch stuff as I go, because much of this feels like it resonates with the end of the books.

Anyway - I was reading in Chapter 33 and Rand's fever dreams seem like they might be more meaningful than some paranoia.

Quote:
Egwene stepped out of the shadows, her hair in a long, dark braid as it had been in Emond's Field, her face pained and mournful. "Why did you leave us?" she asked. "We're dead because you left us." [...] "We're all dead," she said sadly, "and death is the kingdom of the Dark One. The Dark One has us, because you abandoned us."
While I know it is easy to pin this the recent split and his feelings of responsibility towards Egwene, I wonder how much this will hit home with the FoM moment. How much will Rand "abandon" this core group and how many of his friends will die because of decisions Rand makes at the FoM.

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Moiraine's expression was serene, but her face was bloodless and pale. Her cloak might as well have been a shroud, and her voice was a lash. "That is right, Rand al'Thor. You have no choice. You must go to Tar Valon, or the Dark One will take you for his own. Eternity chained in the Shadow. Only Aes Sedai can save you, now. Only Aes Sedai."
I like how this speaks to Moiraine's "death" and also resonates with what the Finns did to her (bloodless and pale face). While Rand seems to have made it clear of the White Tower, this makes me wonder how true the statement will be "Only Aes Sedai can save you now"...or not, but just fun to wonder how meaningful some of these passages could be.

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Thom grinned at him sardonically. The gleeman's clothes hung in charred rags that made him see the flashes of light as Thom wrestled with the Fade to give them time to run. The flesh under the rags was blackened and burned. "Trust Aes Sedai, boy, and you'll wish you were dead. Remember, the price of Aes Sedai help is always smaller than you can believe, always greater than you can imagine. And what Ajah will find you first, eh? Red? Maybe Black. Best to run, boy. Run."
I like how this speaks to the Black Ajah and Rand being hunted. Thom's death in this seems to be a direct connection to Rand's fears, so I'm doubting we see Thom die.

Lan's stare was as hard as granite, and blood covered his face. "Strange to see a heron-mark blade in the hands of a sheepherder. Are you worthy of it? You had better be. You're alone, now. Nothing to hold to behind you, and nothing before, and anyone can be a Darkfriend." He smiled a wolf's smile, and blood poured out of his mouth. "Anyone."

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Perrin came, accusing, pleading for help.
We see that in a way in the mock fight they had.

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Mistress al'Vere, weeping for her daughter, and Bayle Domon, cursing him for bringing Fades down on his vessel, and Master Fitch, wringing his hands over the ashes of his inn, and Min, screaming in a Trolloc's clutches, people he knew, people he had only met.
And I love the Min in a Trolloc's clutches in this one...really wonder if that will turn out to be a nice foreshadowing.

Quote:
But the worst was Tam. Tam stood over him, frowning and shaking his head, and said not a word.
This would seem to have occurred in TGS.

Anyway - it wouldn't be Theoryland if I didn't read way too much into this stuff, but the Egwene and Min lines really make me wonder if some of this stuff regarding Egwene and Min is what RJ had in mind for the end, from the very beginning.
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