I just read chapter one over at Tor and I found the following quote to be one of the most interesting in the chapter My belief is that the most probable way to win the last battle and being certain that it really is the last battle is to destroy the wheel of time, and in the process destroying the DO. I don't really know if that is possible in Randland, but I really believe that it fits. And I think that it's something that has been hinted of since tEotW; remember Ba'alzamon taunting Rand about destroying the wheel, and Herid Fel musings of how the last battle really could be the last battle if this age would come again? Then maybe, every time Rand's age comes around there is a last battle, and the DO's prison maybe is remade without the bore. I can't wait to january!