Where earlier the novel showed readers the mystical side of Bran’s story, now it shifts focus, emphasizing the political difficulties in Winterfell and Bran's need to grow up. Bran wants to be a boy playing with the other boys, and his altercation with the Freys demonstrates how much he remains a child. But he must also sit through the political discussions with the lords and ladies loyal to Winterfell, and his suggestion about Ramsay Bolton appears to be a smart one, as it is taken seriously by Luwin. These events indicate that, though he may not want to, Bran must grow up, but also that he is capable of growing into a capable and intelligent leader.