É importante notar que a maioria das memórias do Mat não são dele, mais aleatórias que o Aelfinn usou para preencher os buracos:
De uma entrevista de 2002 :
QUESTION Are all of Mat’s memories from his past lives?
ROBERT JORDAN No, Mat’s “old” memories are not from his past lives at all. The “sickness” he got from the Shadar Logoth dagger resulted in holes in his memory. He found whole stretches of his life that seemed to be missing. When he passed through the “doorframe” ter’angreal in Rhuidean, one of the things he said – not knowing that the rules here were different than in the other ter’angreal he had used – was that he wanted the holes in his memory filled up, meaning that he wanted to recover his own memories. In this place, however, it was not a matter of asking questions and receiving answers, but of striking bargains for what you want. What he received for that particular demand was memories gathered by the people on that side of the ter’angreal, memories from many men, all long dead, from many cultures. And since not everyone passing by has the nerve to journey through a ter’angreal to some other world, the memories he received were those of adventurers and soldiers and men of daring.
A questão de seu uso precoce da velha língua parece ser um caso do "sangue velho":
LEE DAVIS The speaking the Old Tongue is from his bloodline though, not his memories in that case, isn't it?
BRANDON SANDERSON Yes, but it's still foreshadowing. He's the one who does it, not the others.
SLEEPINGHOUR In The Eye of the World, is Mat remembering the Old Tongue from his own past life or from his ancestors?
TEREZ Good question. He seems to have confirmed Old Blood for the Old Tongue, but the Aemon memory?
FELIX PAX That's what my belief is, Aemon. Mat Cauthon is the reborn soul of Aemon. Aemon's Old Tongue.
BRANDON SANDERSON It isn't made clear. It could be either. The implication is his bloodline
A possível interação de Rand com sua vida passada é especial?
QUESTION Is one of the effects of the taint to lower the boundaries
between past lives or is Rand a special case?
O que nos leva de volta ao natureza da voz na cabeça de Rand.
Na Roda do Tempo, uma alma pode ter muitas personalidades, em relação ao Escuro, ele mostrou ser capaz de capturar uma alma no momento da morte, com sua personalidade atual e colocá-la em outro corpo, limpando-a de qualquer questões por exemplo A insanidade de Elan. Não há exemplos do Dark One interagindo com personalidades anteriores da alma.