Originally Posted by Sagensyg
What the fuck. To say he has absolutely no control over them without any talismans is what's being pulled out of any asses here. You used the Madara example, so note that when Kabuto was showing off Madara's body to Tobi earlier in the manga, Madara didn't run rampant. He was pretty much just a corpse in a coffin and I'm sure Orochimaru has the same control over the Hokages at this point too, even if he hasn't added any talismans.
The talismans just gives him further control over their souls.
No, the talismans are the only things that give them control over the Edo Tensei
. Generally the person brought back is left confused, so they are easily stored in the coffins, kinda like stasis. But the user has no control over them.