i think what they’re going for is, like when it was time for ned to decide whether or not to go to king’s landing, cat as stand-in for bran’s fear of ‘flying’ with the three-eyed crow. she represents home and safety. trying to fly means leaving your ~comfort zone~ and it might also mean falling, in bran’s eyes.
catelyn didn’t want bran to climb because she was afraid that he would fall. he didn’t listen to her and he did fall. (not because of that but y’know.) now that the crow / jojen are telling him to fly, he’s afraid that taking the risk / not listening to his mother’s advice to stay safe is going to make him fall again.
this is the correct reading indeed. i’m thrilled they’re doing more visual callbacks to various important moments in characters’ lives within the context of their dreams (i.e. having special guest stars like robb/jon/catelyn in bran’s dream and drogo in dany’s ~vision last year) bc hopefully it means we’ll be SEEING more of the dreams and not just hearing about them (a.k.a. bran/rickon telling the audience they dreamt of ned’s beheading, bran telling us he dreamt of the sea coming to winterfell when he really just saw the camera pan across the courtyard…yes i know there is a $$ budget $$). MEANING JAIME BETTER HAVE A VERY VISUAL DREAM SOON, AHEM.
but back to catelyn. yes, her manifestation in bran’s subconscious is perfectly natural and means many sympathetic things about himself, his abilities and his fall. what it absolutely does NOT mean is that she’s responsible for it so pls don’t even go there fandom.
SPOILERS THROUGH THE ENTIRE ASOIAF SERIES
Perhaps “evil” is too strong a word - what I meant is that Bran’s storyline is sinking further and further into this scary ass nightmare winter horror show and Bran, rather than being the hero, seems to be turning into the monster - which is a frightening concept when we consider the reader’s affection for him, his young age, and what is yet to come for him.
A Dance With Dragons’ prologue is from the perspective of Varamyr Sixskins, a wildling warg (the book actually starts with a scene in which he is possessing a wolf - this sets an important precedent for the overtone of magic, and especially warging, that frequents the whole novel), who handily tells us of his upbringing and instruction under another warg, Haggon.
The wildlings are a superstitious lot and we’re led to assume that they know about These Sorts of Things, so when Haggon gives Varamyr a lesson in WHAT YOU MUST NEVER EVER DO AS A WARG EVER ON PAIN OF LOSING YOUR SOUL, it’s clearly important. It turns out that you should never: eat the flesh of man while warged inside an animal, mate with a beast while warged inside one, or warg into a human. Later on in the chapter, Varamyr, being the rule-breaking sort, attempts to warg into Thistle, his human companion, and she literally goes insane at the intrusion, fighting Varamyr until they both die.
Well, then. This is pretty distrubing news for us, who know that Bran has both eaten while warged into Summer, and has been warging into Hodor since ASOS; Varamyr describes this intrusion as “forcing yourself” into another person’s mind, which is…. disturbing, to say the least. Bran wargs into Hodor many times in ADWD and justifies it to himself by saying that Hodor is ‘used to him’ and that he ‘always gives Hodor back’.
THIS SHIT IS NOT OKAY
In ADWD, Bran meets Bloodraven in person for the first time - they’ve been connected/communicating since the beginning of the series via dreams, ravens and weirwoods. The children of the forest and Bloodraven are all aware of Bran’s skills, and it’s highly likely that at least Bloodraven knows that he’s warging into Hodor (it’s hinted that Jojen and Meera have suspected this as well) - only no one mentions it, or tries to stop Bran. If the Jojen paste theory is true, then not only are the children of the forest not stopping Bran from committing the worst crimes a human can commit - they are encouraging him. They want Bran to turn from his humanity, join the weirwood system, and control it, like Bloodraven has.
It’s highly possible that the children of the forest/Bloodraven are planning to use Bran as a vessel and/or weapon to do their bidding (remember that only one in a thousand men is born a skinchanger and one skinchanger in a thousand is born a greenseer - Bran is a very rare and powerful individual), and with him walking down such a dangerous path at his young age, who knows what he’s going to become? If the weirwood system/the old gods (established in ADWD to be the collective spirits of dead children of the forest) are controlling the others (as Melisandre believes when she sees Bran and Bloodraven in her visions), Bran could become the nerve centre of the weirwood godhead, control the Others, become the Great Other himself, warg into wights, Others, dragons…. the possibilites are endless and REALLY REALLY SCARY BRAN IS THE CREEPIEST LIL DUDE IN THE ENTIRE SERIES OKAY
As for the old gods being evil (which is connected Bran, as you can see), by evil I mean “antagonistic towards men as a race”, which has clear reasons: men essentially exterminated their race, men cut down the weirwood trees, men refute magic, men corrupt the land, etc etc. And considering one of (if not the) overarching concepts of the series is ice vs fire, in which ice = death and fire = life, it’s natural to assume that R’hllor will be good (as in, pro people living) and that whatever R’hllor’s enemy turns out to be will be bad (as in, let’s go kill a guy). But who knows? GRRM could take the story in a hundred different directions, TWOW WE NEED U NOW
i will come back here
bring me back when i’m old
i want to lay here
forever in the cold
you’re a drifter, a shapeshifter. let me see you run.
i dreamed of a winged wolf bound to earth with grey stone chains; a crow was trying to peck through the chains, but the stone was too hard and his beak could only chip at them.
Title: Second, Life
Song: First, Love
Artist: She Wants Revenge
Fandom: Game of thrones
Spoilers: Seasons 1-2, ASOIAF
Summary: The Little Lord’s been dreaming again.
Link: [dl here]
“He liked the way things looked, spread out beneath him, only birds wheeling over his head while all the life of the castle went on below.”
“I have these dreams sometimes.”