Dragonblade said:So more Rand is always a plus for me. Ever since book 4 he has been one of the only major characters to fully embrace what he is and what he thinks must be done. While all of the other characters spend most of their time whining, wringing their hands, trying to avoid prophecy, or jockeying for power, only Rand has been on a steady course the whole time.
"No truce with the shadow," always struck me as a profound statement of moral clarity amidst the confusing morass of conflicting emotions, goals, allegiances, and actions that plague the rest of the characters. And yet, unlike Galad, who does what he feels needs to be done and feels no guilt. Rand does what needs to be done but is plagued with guilt. He just doesn't get all angsty about it.
Has the fact that Rand and Galad are half-brothers come up at all? I think that would make for some interesting scenes.
I'm not sure I would say that Rand has been on a steady course. Granted, he's had a lot of obstacles, but look how much time he's spent just sitting around at the palaces in Caemlyn or Cairhien or somewhere else. He could have easily been much more active in trying to prepare for the Last Battle.
That said, Rand is my favorite character. He's been through a lot and the worst is yet to come.
It's hard to make judgements on Galad's character because we haven't been in his head much. I think the biggest difference between him and Rand is that Galad sees the world in black and white. There's a right way and a wrong way. Once he knows what the right way is, there's nothing to worry about. It's the right way, so there is no other way.