Wild Speculation – Mapping Out the First Season of the Wheel of Time

Last week I broke down the first trailer for Amazon’s adaptation of The Wheel of Time. This week I break down the season by episode. We know that the season will be eight episodes and the episode titles for six of the eight episodes (you can find an episode list with writers, directors, and air dates at Dragonmount.com). We know from showrunner Rafe Judkins that season one will cover most but not all of book one and include some material from book two. I think we can infer quite a bit from the first trailer. There is a lot of wild speculation below, but I tried to keep it true to both what we already know and the storytelling demands of the medium.

Initial episode list:

101: Leavetaking

102: Shadow’s Waiting

103: A Place of Safety

104: The Dragon Reborn

105: Blood Calls Blood

106: The Flame of Tar Valon

107: title not released

108: title not released

101: Leavetaking

This is an easy one, right? The first episode will introduce the characters and get us through both the Winternight Trolloc attack on Emond’s Field and the fellowship departing from the Two Rivers. Notably, the trailer signals they will show us the attack itself and not just Rand at the farm. That could be via flashback, but I expect instead they will cut between the two, in keeping with my view that they are going to try to play coy with Rand’s identity. What I don’t expect them to show is the prologue. At least not yet.

102: Shadow’s Waiting

The second episode will center around Shadar Logoth. Which makes Shadar Logoth one of the few sequences from the book they will really let breath. Maybe they are overly rushing book one, but slowing down a bit here is a smart move. I am really looking forward to this sequence.

103: A Place of Safety

I have been on the fence about this, but I am guessing that the sequences with Perrin and Egwene and Elyas, the wolves, the crows (so good!), and the Stedding survive intact. Moiraine may have to rescue them all by herself, though, because the trailer suggests that Lan and Nynaeve wind up with the Aes Sedai escorting Logain. Perhaps Moiraine and Lan split up so as to more quickly track down the scattered Two Rivers crew (they can always find each other, after all). We should get some scenes of Rand and Mat together here, too, although they may be in more of a wilderness setting, since we are skipping Caemlyn.

104: The Dragon Reborn

The episode title is a fake-out. Logain is the (false) Dragon Reborn reference here. I think that it is here that we can our first big exposition dump introducing the role that the Dragon Reborn will play in the story. The prologue may get moved here. Logain is getting moved cross country, and Lan and Nynaeve (split from the rest of the fellowship) run into the Aes Sedai escorting him to Tar Valon. The episode may end with Logain laying his eyes on Rand.

105: Blood Calls Blood

“Blood calls blood” is an allusion to part of the Prophecies of the Shadow found written in blood on the walls of the Fal Dara dungeons early in book two. I do not think this means we make it to Fal Dara here. But the audience, if not the characters, may learn that Liandrin is Black Ajah, and Padan Fain may be reintroduced into the narrative (earlier than in the books). The fellowship will be fully reunited, and the episode will get them to Tar Valon.

106: The Flame of Tar Valon

This will be a Tar Valon-centric episode. Which probably seems obvious from the title, but the episode will transport scenes that take place in Fal Dara and book two into Tar Valon and season one, specifically the scenes involving the Amyrlin. We will learn quite a bit more about Aes Sedai and Aes Sedai politics than we did in book one, but still no Elaida (she will be saved for the introduction of Caemlyn in season two and Liandrin will instead serve as the primary Aes Sedai antagonist).

107: title not released

108: title not released

I am going to lump these together. The fellowship flees Tar Valon and takes a Waygate to Shienar. Perhaps for reasons similar to those in the book or perhaps because they realize the danger someone like Liandrin poses. Egwene and Nynaeve may stay in Tar Valon. I think the Blight, the Eye, and the Green Man all stay. Fal Dara itself may be dropped as not strictly necessary. I am okay with that so long as we see Tarwin’s Gap. I think we will, and I am looking forward to that scene even more than Shadar Logoth.

How do you think the first season will break down? And while you wait for season one to drop, peruse my Wheel of Time reread posts.

About H.P.

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5 Responses to Wild Speculation – Mapping Out the First Season of the Wheel of Time

  1. Bookstooge says:

    Do you think they’ll introduce the Forsaken in the final 2 episodes with the whole Eye of the World pool? Or just make the revelation that Rand can use Saidin the focus with some generic bad guys?

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