Edited by mod. Original subject of thread: Rand's dying and living again - Balefire? I'd say the most simple explanation for Rand dying and living again at TG is the use of balefire. If the DO's minions were to see Rand die, then presumably they're stop trying to kill him, and after some quick balefire, Rand is back and no one is trying to kill him or find him, or stop him in any way because they'd all think he's dead. Plus the time spent dead might give him some important insight into the pattern or even the DO.