I've been having a nose around the forum and have realised it really is time for me to re-read the books. There's so much I've forgotten! It's weird that I am avoiding certain threads in case of spoilers in books I have read about 10 times each but that's what I've always loved about the series - every time you read it you discover some new sub-text you'd never even guessed was there before.
The last time I read them I remember deciding the whole thing was really a story about Duncan whose existence was "plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose" - a kind of fractal demonstration of the reason the Golden Path was needed. Wonder if I'll think the same this time...
I'll be joining in the discussion properly once I have caught up with the storyline again