Have you ever felt like the popular ‘Jojen Paste‘ theories were in some way correct, but incompletely articulated… they’re missing something?
Well I hope to allay those thoughts and put forth a compelling viewpoint, that goes a step further. Specifically, this is what this essay argues:
Bran was purposefully introduced to cannibalism during his trek to the Cave of the Three-Eyed Crow, culminating with the consumption of Jojen’s blood during the ‘weirwood paste’ ceremony.
This central idea is underpinned by the following observations:
The consumption of certain human flesh is a route to greater power as a skinchanger.
The ability to warg more difficult subjects, such as humans, is evidence of such power.
A skinchanger must have demonstrated such significant power in order to be joined to the weirwoods.
Thus Coldhands, Bloodraven and Leaf have been taking actions to make this transformation as smooth and expedient as possible.
This essay explores these ideas and uses them to articulate the larger point. Additionally, I take some time at the end to address specific logistical questions that I anticipate will come up. Continue reading