I'm not disagreeing with you. Thribbs asked about the books. That said, it's only consequential if... (Warning Major Spoiler) Spoiler ...Rand is not the Dragon, and/or Birgitte is not reincarnated as a woman. Other than that it doesn't change anything by itself. except when we get to Rand and Nynaeve teaming up to jointly cleanse saidin. This is one of the most powerful and meaningful events in the entire series, completely altering the position of the Aes Sedai politically, along with probably a shift in male/female relations socially and culturally. Rand and Nynaeve changed the world together, White Tower and Black Tower working as one. IMHO it's essential they do it together, and Rand has to complete his Hero's Journey to get there. If Rand was a false Dragon the Aes Sedai would have gentled him like they did Logain. The only thing stopping them was the Prophecy.