Having just finished Scars this week, I didn't get a clear cut decision from the Crimson King, let alone him hinting at one.
Saying that, I also did not enjoy the novel all that much.
I read it during the time it was sold weekly.
It did't give a clear cut answer but imo I think it contributed to answering the choice Magnus eventually makes. The impression I got..
That was the impression I got but I could of read it wrongly.