The first episode of any show has a lot to do: introduce the characters, the world, and the conflict at the heart of the show. “Leavetakings” does that clunkily but overall, this was an excellent way to begin a series.
The Wheel of Time is renowned for its world building, but much of the backstory is delivered in bits and pieces at different times in different places and it’s not always easy to put the pieces together. This post will try to put some of those pieces together and explain how the history of Cairhien and Andor interact with the Aiel and the Dragon.
It’s about us—all of us—choosing the hope of something better over despair. It’s about collective action to make a better world, and if there’s a better definition of “woke” I haven’t seen it.
There are people out there who think Egwene al’Vere is both a bad person and a bad character. I’m convinced it’s because these people don’t understand Egwene or the role she plays in The Wheel of Time.