S1E7 “The Dark Along the Ways” —w/Book Spoilers

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Ok… WOW!
Despite some differences from the book, this was by far one of the best episodes so far!

The name is a bit misleading, since the ways take up a pretty small part of the episode, but the rest…

The opening sequence was the best in the show so far! I LOVED the Aiel! The fighting style, the black veil, the jump! Oh my god did you see that jump?! Perfect!

And the flashbacks, and MIN! She’s so not what I imagined, and yet she was so good! The visions were done superbly!

Also, being the next to last episode, the dropped all disguises - Padan Faine is no longer hiding in the background to be discovered, but is shown full on. Rand reveals himself as the Dragon Reborn…
I didn’t even mind the two of them going to the Blight alone!

And we finally heard Lan’s story! I’m just waiting for the “death is lighter than a feather, duty heavier than a mountain speech! I hope they do it in the final episode!

Such a good episode!
 

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And here we finally had a moment to breathe and have some more character interactions. Not sure I'm a fan of all of the changes (Perrin having a crush on Egwene?), but it was still all interesting. Rand and Moiraine deciding to go off on their own is exactly the sort of rash decision those two would make, so I like that. Also it was great when Nynaeve just walked into Lan's room, not satisfied with just a "good night."

Even adopted Aiel are badass, and they sure showed that.

One thing I thought of: They've clearly decided to make it so that waygates require channeling to open. Makes you wonder how Fain got through...

Quote of the episode: "They're both big. And they both brood."
 

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The true source is my guess, RE Fain and waygates.
 

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RAINBOWS AND CARNIVALS AND THREE BEAUTIFUL LADIES!!!

Also, Moiraine speaking the truth that only gets truer and truer as the series goes on: “They’re both big. And they both brood.” GOOD LORD DO THEY EVER
 

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Oh. My. God.

I legit screamed at the TV and almost threw things. Wtf was that?!?!?! (Both good and why did eff that up, btw)
 

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ahhhhhh such a good episode!!!
 

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That was a great episode!! Finally some good pacing. They really need 10 episodes for a season. 2 more episodes would’ve fleshed things out better.

My only problem with Min is that she looks older than I imagined? Is that just me?
 

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I stole this from Reddit, so no credit to me, but: Min is older than Rand in the books, so, since they aged up Rand and everyone else, it makes sense that they aged Min a bit as well.
 

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They are all older than I imagined right off the hop so she fits. And she’s had a hard life so :cheeseeni:

I didn’t find her out of place but that’s me.
 

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So much to love!

Tigraine had me screaming in happy.
Finally Rand gets depth and revealed as the dragon.
Lanaeve or whatever we call it
Egwene’s sauciness to Nynaeve & Rand.
Perrin’s visual acuity/becoming Goldeneyes
That stinking whistle…
Machin Shin getting personal
Min taking shots & sharing her visions is perfect

Needs more Uno.
And where did Loial go after playing tour guide?

But otherwise, yay!
 

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Probably telling them about when Fal Dara didn’t exist :laugh:
 

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So many details about Mafal Dadaranell :rofl
 

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What are people’s thoughts on Fal Dara? To me, not at all what I imagined. And I’m kinda confused about a dead bird on Lord Agelmar. The clothing is not what I thought it should be either. Nor was Agelmar’s attitude what I remember it being.
 
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What are people’s thoughts on Fal Dara? To me, not at all what I imagined. And I’m kinda confused about a dead bird on Lord Agelmar. The clothing is not what I thought it should be either. Nor was Agelmar’s attitude what I remember it being.

Not as I imagined, but I thought it was great - walls within walls, as I would expect, with everything happening in the gaps between them.

As for the cloths - I loved they incorporated crow feathers into his cloths, since we didn’t get to hear about crows being shot on sight. It felt like a nice touch.
 

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Very Tam. Also I really liked the Golden Bees of Illian on his breastplate.
 
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