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Hare_Mettle posted a topic in Cosmere DiscussionGoing off BS's insertion of a 'hidden' ending somewhere in the first two books of Stormlight, I started a re-read with this as my focus. Once I finished WoK and WoR, I considered many selections, really tried to make a few fit, and ultimately settled on this from Dalinar's first chapter in WoK (12). Before I delve into this, I must state that I think BS's idea of a 'hidden ending' - in the case of Sazed's in Mistborn - is stretching it. Especially in the genre of high fantasy where terms like "bear the future of the world on his arms" are prolific both in prose and world building. So yes, my interpretation of this scene may seem like I'm grasping at vague symbolism. That's ok. After we find out what Sanderson's elusive hint that he planted to foreshadow the series' ending, I believe it will be a passage we never saw coming. (Myself included - but I like this one, so stay with me.) THEORY: WoK Selection Summary: Dalinar and Elhokar race up a rock formation in the shattered plains. Even though he is winning, Dalinar lets Elhokar win because he knows it will have a positive effect on his personality. Elhokar helps Dalinar up, and together they stand as equals atop the rock formation. Dalinar thinks he has seen this place before - and Sadeas arrives shortly after. Dalinar represents Dalinar. Elhokar represents Kelsier. Dalinar and Kelsier - polar opposites. Dalinar: a bad man turned good. Kelsier: a good man turned bad. By the end of the Cosmere, Dalinar and Kelsier will have both ascended. Not only ascended, but they will have combined ALL the shards into two obvious ideals - good and bad (or a thesaurused version of those basic words). As the Cosmere story comes to a finale - Good Shard Dalinar and Bad Shard Kelsier will be racing to an important location in the Cosmere (ideas: Spiritual Realm, Yolen's original location, ???) As they approach this location, Dalinar - realizing if either of them win outright, will doom existence - hangs back and lets Kelsier arrives first. Dalinar convinces God Kelsier to save the world and keep Good and Bad alive. Kelsier allows him to join him at whatever location they were racing towards...and together they share a view of their saved universe. Dalinar recognizes it as a place he's seen before. And even Sadeas riding up is meant to be Hoid, arriving late to witness the event he helped set up and manipulate (Sadeas is described as not a FULL shard bearer - he had plate, not sword: or in terms of Hoid...God like abilities that protect him like PLATE but not creative and destructive God powers like a SWORD.) That's it...and yes. It is quite thin.