Figured we didn't have a thread yet and I have thoughts. ^_^ So, personally, I love it. To me, this is a clear demonstration of how they're tightening up the writing and cutting down the unnecessary bits. For example, there's lots of chatter about Moiraine and Lan arriving in the dead of night. Like, I think multiple pages. I love that it happens on screen and accomplishes so much. In the books, the whiplash from "I'm a sheepherder overawed by Moiraine's fancy clothes" to "AES SEDAI ARE NOT TO BE TRUSTED" is a little much for me on re-reads, so I like that they're just skipping straight to the meat of it: Aes Sedai are powerful and scary, and dealing with them puts you on really uncertain footing. I also adore Rosamund here-- she takes control of that entire room while seemingly ignoring everyone but Mistress Al'vere, and what she says is so self-assured but yet polite and softened with a smile. She doesn't even allow the idea that she won't be able to stay at the Winespring, but she's not being a hardass about it. So I think this is spectacular. I adore that Nynaeve is the first person to speak to Lan. Yeah, you confront the love of your life while gripping your dagger, he's gonna dig it. Also love the shift from thumping stick to dagger-- I think any implement like a cane/stick/etc is going to come across as too humorous on screen. And Lan manDRAGoran, yes please, use Robert Jordan's pronunciation, I love it! I'm also really appreciating how clearly his opening shows what it is to be a Warder. Rand's and Perrin's accents are so cute. I also really like that Mistress al'Vere knew enough to recognize the ring on sight, as well as the proper address. The whole "Emond's Field is a backwater and everyone from there is incredibly ignorant about how the world really works" would really slow down the on-screen narrative, in my opinion. In order to stay consistent with it, The Five would need so many explanations (which they receive in the books) and the show just doesn't have that kind of time. We can show fish-out-of-water without having them be totally clueless. In short, THIS SHOW IS GOING TO BE SO BLOODY GOOD. 41 Days!