With feelings of anticipation tinged with a little sadness, it’s time I posted my predictions for the Last Book of the Wheel of Time. Since there is so much left to be resolved, and I won’t get another chance to Foretell, I have written double the number of previous predictions.
The list is a summary of predictions I’ve discussed in various articles (to which I've linked) plus new ones.
1. Aviendha tells the Aiel their choices: to fight in the Last Battle and be destroyed, or adopt the Way of Leaf and learn Singing. Some do one, some the other. Afterwards: the surviving fighters become a peace-keeping force for Rand’s pact between nations. (Those who adopt the Way already keep peace.) This causes huge ructions, including the exposure of some Aiel Darkfriends, eg Sorilea. Theory
2. Demandred brings his forces against the Light and against Moridin. They appear unexpectedly via the Ways. There is a contingent from Seanchan. Theory
3. Aes Sedai damane attack the White Tower as part of Seanchan strike force. The Aes Sedai are put in fear of their lives by the sul’dam in order to over-ride their Oath against using the One Power as a weapon. Theory
4. Tuon is forced to channel and this splits the Seanchan. Berelain is looked to by some as an alternative ruler. Three times in the books a woman has wished Berelain was shaved bald, and she may well be, which makes her look like one of the Imperial Family. Theory
5. The Ogier split over whether to open the Book of Translation. Loial's mother is a Darkfriend or is being manipulated by them to persuade the Ogier to leave and not fight at the Last Battle. Theory
6. Probably my oldest theory after Caemlyn being Camlann: Taim is Moridin (Theory). Logain strikes at Taim/Moridin, drives him out of the Black Tower, perhaps even kills him. One false Dragon deserves another. This is his glory that few men can achieve. Cadsuane may be there; she is the only Aes Sedai we know of has met both and with her ter’angreal can reveal Taim’s disguise.
7. Lanfear manages to unbalance Rand and make him dark again for a time. She is an expert at sending people mad. Look at Masema: she manipulated him from Falme until his death.
8. The shade of Rand’s mother Kari al’Thor makes an appearance, linking back to the end of The Eye of the World.
9. Rand with Callandor and Shaidar Haran wielding a black blade duel. Rand's third question to the Aelfinn was on how to avoid Breaking the World again, and using Callandor while linked with two women is the way to avoid that.
10. Egwene has united the opposition to Rand breaking the Seals, hence making it easier for him to identify and deal with them in one go. Rand not only expected her to, he wanted her to do so.
11. Javindhra and Desala are Black Ajah. They are part of the circle turning channellers to the Shadow at the Black Tower. Annoura is a Black sister with Perrin.
12. Laras knows where the Horn of Valere is. Egwene finally visits Laras as Verin asked, and is told. Theory
13. Rand has done five or six impossible things (cleansed saidin, destroyed the Shadar Logoth evil, broken a cuendillar a’dam while wearing it, channelled the True Power through his link to Moridin, destroyed a huge Shadowspawn army unaided by channelling as much saidin as should need a very strong sa’angreal, and made apples regrow on an entire orchard), so he has three or so remaining to do: cleanse the Ways, defeat the Dark One, and die but continue to live. Theory
14. The horn-handled dagger ter’angreal is used to hide Rand from the Shadow. Theory
15. The Red Ajah will police channellers after the Last Battle. Theory
16. Egwene dreamt that she would be saved by a Seanchan with a sword on her back. This could be Egeanin or Tylee. We don’t know how Tylee wears her sword. Egeanin wore one when she was a soldier, but she isn’t one now. However, she may well start wearing one again.
17. Raen’s remarks:
"In any case, I do not think the song could be found in a city... Sometimes I worry that they [the Aiel] might know the song, though I suppose it isn't likely."are foreshadowing that Singing will be ‘rediscovered’ in the Aiel city of Rhuidean.
- The Eye of the World, The Travelling People
18. Tenobia dies, as does Davram Bashere, and so Faile and Perrin inherit the Broken Crown.
19. The other two of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse will be more active: famine and pestilence. (Not that war or death are slacking off in any way.) Two notable period of history with bad plagues are the Black Death, which was at a time of terrible harvests, and the Great Plague of London which also had a Great Fire concurrently.
20. Mat’s opposite that he will fight is Padan Fain, the dark trickster of the series, while Perrin’s opposite is Isam. Isam is the Broken Wolf mentioned in the Shadow’s prophecy at the end of Towers of Midnight.
My son's predictions:
Moghedien will escape her mindtrap.
The Land of Madmen will feature in A Memory of Light.
Here are links to three articles on the loose ends of the series I wrote a few months ago:
As Yet Unfulfilled Prophecies
Nagging Unanswered Little Questions
Reappearance of Minor Characters