Nine Random Things I Want to See in The First Season of The Wheel of Time
Why nine? Because baseball. Let’s have at it.
9) That Conversation Between Thom and Moiraine
When Moiraine first meets Thom, they have a conversation that you can’t possibly understand on your first reading. It’s clear that Thom recognizes Moiraine as an Aes Sedai, and it’s likely that Moiraine recognizes Thom. The entire conversation is subtext. It’s beautiful storytelling and while I hope to see it in the show, I fear it won’t be.
8) The Music
The song recently released, al’Naito, is lovely. I’ve listened to it a hundred times by now. It’s not what I want to see in the show. I want the tavern songs. I want Tinker in the Kitchen. I want Jak o the Shadows. I’ve been listening to fan versions for years and I just want those damn songs in the show.
I love Loial more than the mothers of Tear. When I first heard an excerpt from his book as a quote in the beginning of Towers of Midnight, I almost teared up a little. I was so proud. There are a lot of great characters in this story, but Loial is the one I feel like I could share an apartment with. They haven’t shown him a bit in the promotional materials so far and I can’t help but think they’re doing that so the audience thinks he’s a trolloc the first time we see him.
6) Logain’s Capture
It’s clear we’re getting an expanded version of Logain’s story in the show and I couldn’t be happier. He has a great arc and most of the early parts happen off screen. The teaser trailer makes it look like there’s going to be a fight with Logain’s followers, and I can only hope that it’s as completely fucking epic as I have imagined.
5) Machin Shin
The Ways are one of the creepiest settings I’ve ever read about. It’s very Tolkienesque in that it used to be beautiful and full of life, but now it’s crumbling with Machin Shin. I don’t know how you portray a deadly wind that will fill your mind with creepy-ass blood moanings before killing you, but I cannot wait to see it.
4) The Blight
The trip they take through the Blight on the way to the Eye of the World is one of my favorite parts of the first novel. It felt like Jordan thought of all the ways nature could be turned into something deadly and shoved them into a chapter or two. It’s like living in Australia, but scarier.
3) The Dark Prophecy
When I do re-reads, I usually start The Great Hunt with the chapter where Verin relates the Dark Prophecy. In part, that’s because Verin reveals she knows one of the boys can channel and I always wonder about her motives given the reveal in a green dress tea time. But mostly it’s just that the Dark Prophecy is freakin’ badass. Blood calls blood. A bunch of stuff about Luc and Isam before we have the slightest clue who they are. The Daughter of Night walking again. It’s all good.
2) Lan and Nynaeve on the way to the Eye.
There’s a minor scene in the camp as they travel to the Eye, where Lan and Nynaeve talk openly about their love for each other for the first time. It’s the one where Lan says, “I will hate the man you choose because he is not me, and love him if he makes you smile.” It’s absolutely beautiful and restrained and one of my favorite scenes in the entire series.
1) Moiraine’s “Weep for Manetheren” speech.
Robert Jordan decided simple world building wasn’t enough, so he built thousands of years of worlds and the first actual glimpse we get of that is Moiraine’s “Weep for Manetheren” speech. It’s the first time we see everyday folks portrayed as heroes. It’s our first actual glimpse of what Tarmon Gai’don might look like. It’s incredibly rousing, and it happens very early in the story. I love it and I want it and I don’t think we’re going to get it and it bugs the hell out of me.
What are you looking forward to seeing?