I've been reading Artifacts from Beyond the Rim, a book from B5 Books that I got as part of the thing with Claudia Christian and is signed by her, and after reading in interview with JMS from 1995 talking about various things, like the episode Confessions and Lamentations, I decided to watch that one again since it was a really good episode and it's been a long time since I've seen it. A part that I forgot about was when Delenn talks to that Markab girl about when she was young, getting lost and separated from her parents, and going into a temple where she felt she would be safe. Delenn says she fell asleep and that when she woke up, a man was standing over her "bright against the darkness". I've wondered about this before, but this is something I've never been able to figure out, and so I started checking some of the information about this again.
I've found some quotes from JMS talking to people on UseNet who brought this scene up:
"Well, it's about TIME somebody noticed that little exchange in "Confessions and Lamentations." Sometimes I stick stuff so obviously in the foreground that I'm afraid it's going to be too blatant, and then nobody seems to notice it, looking instead at the tiny stuff in the background.
Unfortunately, all I can say for now is that it is significant to Delenn's character and growth, and her sense of being special, and called into the religious caste. "
"What Delenn says, if we all go back to the episode in question,
that a Minbari appeared to her, when she was a child lost in the city
and wandered into the temple; a vision, telling her that "I will not
allow harm to come to my little ones here in my great house." (Note:
"my little ones" being a coy bit of foreshadowing to her being a child
of Valen, but never mind that for now.)
Obviously there were many drawings and pictures and records of
Valen, but most were destroyed in the Great War. And those that
survived have been, over a thousand years, idealized and distorted by
whichever caste is currently claiming him as theirs. (Valen refused to
belong to any one caste.)
Which, btw, is also what Delenn referred to in season one, when
she was lost and in fear of death, and she looked to Sinclair with
reverence and said, "I knew you would come for me."
Also, in book 5 of the B5 script books, there are notes from JMS wrote just before starting work on season 3, and there's something very interesting about this, mentioned after a summary of the final part of War Without End, when Valen appears to the Minbari:
"(One other nice scene would be great: in a fial sequence, a quick flash of a very young Delenn sitting in a temple, lost and afraid, as this form of Valen appears before her, telling her that she will be all right. This ties into her later line to Sinclair saying, "I knew you would come" ("Soul Hunter"), because he came for her before.)"
That last note there was really interesting to me back when I first read that book. What exactly does it mean? Was Sinclair going to make a stop on Minbar to see Delenn as a child before traveling back to the previous Shadow War? It sure seems weird. What possible reason would there have been for that, and wouldn't the Minbari have noticed a gigantic space station appearing somewhere? Or he could have appeared, taken a ship to Minbar, and then met her. But if this is what is meant by this, it still doesn't explain why Sinclair would bother to do this.
Another possibility that I've thought might be the case for a while is that a Vorlon, probably Kosh, was the one who appeared to Delenn, either physically there like at the end of season 2, or in her dream like he did with Sheridan and G'kar. Delenn says she woke up and saw the man, but Kosh may have intentionally made that part of the dream, but then again, she says she woke up, saw the man, and then the door opened and her parents came with, with the man gone.
So putting some things together, the man Delenn saw looked like Valen, so it ties in with her trust in Sinclair later on when she meets him. The big question is if this actually was Sinclair, or if it was Kosh. This is one of the most bizarre unanswered questions in the show, and I really wonder just what was planned with this. Are there actually enough clues out there for us to figure this out, or is it just going to be a huge mystery, unless JMS decides to someday just finally answer it?