One day, Attica is going to cross a line and Alcatraz is going to stop him through some means involving his ownership of Attica's soul.
- Attica legally signed it over to him to foil the Curators, and technically Alcatraz still owns it. Plus, the Curators prove that it is possible to harm/control someone by affecting their soul.
Yomiko Readman will become a Lybrarian.
- Joker's plan to control the world through controlling the world's information supply is pretty much what the librarians of this series do. Yomiko left the British Library because of this and some of the things that Joker and Gentleman did in pursuit of this. Where else could the world's official most obsessive bookworm ultimately end up with than Himalaya Smedry's secret society of good Librarians?
In the last book, Alcatraz is either going to kill his father, or his father is going to be killed saving him.
- This is mainly taken from a line in book three where Alcatraz suddenly narrates "I KILLED HIM!" while offering an explanation to who or what he killed.
- For the theory that he killed him, in book for we realize that Atticus is actually doing the wrong thing by trying to give everyone Smedry powers. In the fifth book, I theorize that Alcatraz will be forced to kill him to save the world.
- On the other hand, Atticus might die while saving Alcatraz from the scene with the Librarian cult trying to sacrifice Alcatraz that is never explained.
- Either one explains his insistence that he isn't a hero: It's the half crazed memoir of either a child wracked with survivors guilt, or a boy weighed down with PTSD after having killed his father; therefore disillusioned with his heroic actions.
- Assuming he isn't joking with us... again. (Bastille dies, anyone?)
- Spoilers for book five: confirmed. In the scene that opened the series, Alcatraz refuses to make a Heroic Sacrifice, and says "Take him instead;" the Big Bad does and kills his father, and Alcatraz ends up a bitter shell of a man, writing the book to explain why he's such a horrible person.
- So basically, both. At the same time. And let's not forget that Alcatraz had to watch.
Bastille is somehow resistant to the Breaking Talent.
- We know that Bastille can hit Alcatraz, when basically no one else can. Why? Rule of Funny, obviously. Except... this is Brandon Sanderson. His magic systems are legendarily interesting, coherent, and plot-relevant. So, it is likely Foreshadowing, with an explanation (to be revealed in a later book) for exactly why Bastille can hit Alcatraz.
"New YA project" is books 6-8 of Alcatraz, from a new narrator's point of view.
- Alcatraz claims that book five, being the Darkest Hour, ends his autobiography, and by the end of it he's horrified out of heroism. Fair enough. But Sanderson doesn't usually end his books at the Darkest Hour, and there's a lot of unresolved questions that book five doesn't resolve. Moreover, while for each of his other series (that he mentions on that page) he labels the final book with "final book", for the Alcatraz series, book five is just "book five." Moreover, he refers to it as "the fifth book (and the final one Alcatraz will write)". I therefore theorize that "New YA project" - a new trilogy - will be the final three books of the Alcatraz Smedry series, from a new character's point of view - probably either Bastille or one of the supporting-character Smedrys.
- The very very last page of book five contains a note from Bastille explaining that she is going to continue the series.
Biblioden and Leavenworth are Brothers
- After all, Biblioden did say "Worse than killing my brother". There is also a strange number of parallels between them. Biblioden once sank a continent of his followers. Grandpa Smedry, according to Draulin, once caused at east one island to sink.