The Wheel of Time (2021) s02e01 Episode Script

A Taste of Solitude

[MOIRAINE] The Dark One is waking.
His whispers are already
in the backs of our minds.
But there will be one
who can stand against him.
The Dragon has been born again.
- And it's one of you.
- You've fully lost your mind.
I've heard about the bond
between an Aes Sedai and their Warder.
That you feel what she feels.
It could be warmer.
- [MOIRAINE] Better?
- [LAN] Much.
Before you,
I had nothing to live for
and nothing to die for.
[LIANDRIN] This power,
it's meant for women.
And women alone.
And when you touch it,
you make it filthy.
[THOM] The Dark One
corrupted the One Power
so men couldn't use
it without going mad.
[MOIRAINE] You have to watch him.
I've healed him of his
connection to the dagger,
but it was feeding
off the darkness in him
as much as he was of it.
If he touches it again,
he may be lost forever.
[EGWENE] I'm worried about him.
His eyes when Valda was torturing him.
They went golden, like a wolf's.
[MOIRAINE] I'm no Aes
Sedai, but you could be.
You don't listen to the wind, Egwene.
It's the wind that listens to you.
[LIANDRIN] The most powerful channeler
we've seen in 1,000 years.
If I'm as powerful as you say I am,
maybe it's you, Aes Sedai,
who shouldn't underestimate me.
[SIUAN] The Wheel calls you to this,
whether you can bear it or not.
The Last Battle is coming.
[PERRIN] What is it?
[UNO] The Horn of Valere.
[YAKOTA] To be blown at the Last Battle.
There are Darkfriends inside our walls.
[MOIRAINE] If we do not
stop the Dark One now
while he is still weak,
the whole world will turn to darkness.
- Mat!
[MOIRAINE] I need a message
delivered to the Tower.
There is a man that they must find.
Mat Cauthon.
[AMALISA] To whom should
I send this message?
[MOIRAINE] The Red Ajah.
[LAN] Moiraine masked our bond.
cannot escape your fate.
You are the Dragon Reborn.
[RAND] It was here.
In the center.
I felt it.
The madness.
Tell them I died here.
Tell them I didn't make it back.
Where's Rand?
He's gone.
Unmask the bond.
- I can't touch
the Source.
It's cuendillar.
[LAN] I thought that heartstone
couldn't be scratched.
Not even the One Power could break it.
[MOIRAINE] So did I.
What does it mean?
That this wasn't the Last Battle.
I fear it was the first.


[THE MAN] Where is he now,
the one who walks the world,
the one who was and will be
but is not yet the Dragon,
Rand al'Thor?
He released me at the Eye of the World,
and he thinks he can hide.
He cannot.
[WOMAN] We are to kill him?
[THE MAN] Perhaps he
can be turned to my use.
Sooner or later, it will be served,
in this age or another.
- Excuse me.
We're in the middle of a meeting.
A quite important one, really.
Let me guess.
There's something outside.
A monster, perhaps?
Come on.
A lot of people call me
a monster, too, you know.
Along with a litany of
other unflattering names.
Father of Lies.
Betrayer of Hope.
Do you know why they call
me and the other Chosen
such hideous things?
'Cause if they called
me what I really am,
no one would be afraid.
After all, how do you
prove you're not a monster?
How do you prove that the things
you're doing are good or evil?
Right or wrong?
Look at this creature.
Part man.
- Part animal.
It's so hard to be something between.
What if he isn't evil?
What if he isn't wrong?
What if he's just
- Look at me.
Do I look like a monster to you?
I knew I liked you.
You see?
It's all right.
Go on.
You try.






- You're late.
Verin. Must you speak so loudly?
[VERIN] Are you hungover?
I'm speaking at a
perfectly normal volume.
Could you move to the left a little?
You know, it is so warm today,
and it must be unbearable
swinging your sword
- wearing such heavy woolen trousers.
A rider's coming.
- Another one of her visitors, hmm?
- Must be.
- That's 20.
- Mm.
Still no word from
Moiraine about who they are,
what news they bring?
Don't look at me.
She doesn't tell me any
more than she tells you.
Another visitor is here for you.
Send him in.
This one is from Illian.
Send him in.
[MAN] Moiraine Sedai.
My customers usually do be coming to me,
not the other way round.
Especially this far from a good harbor.
And yet here you are.
I didn't have much of a choice, did I?
Oh, everyone has a choice, Master Domon.
And every choice has a consequence.
- Now
if you're done posturing,
I believe we have business to attend to.


- Egwene!

Don't smile.
Is the Amyrlin back?
You talk to her?
First time we were here,
she told us we were
called by the Wheel itself.
But all we've done since we
signed their Book of Novices
is clean.
Being a novice is a rite of passage.
Every single Aes Sedai has done it,
even the Amyrlin.
It builds character.
- I have enough character.
- [ALANNA] Clear the table.
Leave the bucket.
What are the five
threads of the One Power?
earth, fire
- and water.
- Good.
When you touch these threads,
you pull at the elements
of the world itself.
By the end of today, each one of you
will drink the water in your glass.
Those of you who master this
weave will enjoy far more
than those who do not.
Now watch.
Draw threads of earth
with your right hand,
from the stones of this tower itself.
With your left hand,
pull threads of water
from the moisture in the air or
even this glass in front of you.
Now weave them together.
Now pick up your glass.
Pour it through your weave.
Your turn.
It will take you many tries to
get the water perfectly clean.
But you will get better.
You have two capable hands.
It will be easier if you use them.
I didn't come here for easy.
Why are your eyes open?
You haven't even embraced the Source.
So I can see when
you're looming over me.
Picture the bud of a flower
in your mind's eye.
It's pink.
It's supple.
- It's ready to
- It's not working.
- Try again.
- I did try again.
In Fal Dara, the two of
you saw your true potential.
Lady Amalisa flattened an
entire army of Trollocs.
Using your power,
not hers.
It will take you years of hard work
to learn how to do that yourself.
But you can.
No one should have that much power.
You can either embrace what you are
or fear it.
Egwene is strong,
stronger than most,
but you
you have ten times that power, Nynaeve,
whether you want it or not.
Five months now in this tower
and you haven't channeled,
not once.
Whatever block is holding you back,
it's time to break through it.
No one leaves today without
drinking their glass of water.
Now close your eyes.
Close your eyes.
You didn't say it had to be clean.
[SHERIAM] Egwene al'Vere
how is she coming along?
She needs to loosen up
a bit. Nynaeve al'Meara, however
Still blocked?
[ALANNA] She hasn't channeled
ever since she arrived at the Tower.
Perhaps she needs a
more effective teacher.
We've all tried.
Uh, my apologies
all of us who are not
explicitly forbidden.
Perhaps our beloved Mistress of Novices
might make an exception just this once.
A novice died in your care.
The One Power is dangerous.
Using it is dangerous.
Any loss is too many.
This tower used to be full.
But year after year,
fewer girls come to us.
- And with less power.
- Yet the world
around us simmers.
The hunt for the Horn of
Valere called in Illian,
Trolloc raids near Arafel
and another false Dragon has
declared himself in Saldaea.
They say he's even more
powerful than Logain.
You can feel it.
Something is coming.
And we're not ready for it.
Nynaeve is the single most
potent weapon we've found
against the Dark in
a thousand years. Uh
Let me talk to her, at least.
A talk.
That's it. Now get out of here,
the lot of you.
This is a mistake, sister.
Oh. Now, Alanna,
who's ever been hurt by a little talk?
[LOIAL] They are saddling the horses.
I'll be right there.
Another letter for Mistresses
al'Meara and al'Vere?
Nynaeve and Egwene are all I have
now that Rand's
And who knows where Mat is.
I keep asking back
home about him, but
The hunt for the Horn of Valere
- awaits.
The new tracker Lord Ingtar has
hired has put up a signal fire.
He's found something.
Uno won't be happy.

[UNO] Some tracker.
A bloody signal fire'll let Padan Fain
and his Darkfriends know
exactly where we are.
I know very little
about this new tracker,
this "sniffer" Lord Ingtar's hired.
But I'm sure he's no match
for you, Master Nomesta.
Though it's been weeks since
we've seen trace of Fain,
it always seems you're on the
verge of a fresh discovery.
Are you taking the piss?
Mate, he'd never.
Tell us again of the
near miss at Watch Hill.
So close to Padan Fain
I could smell his Light-forsaken arse.
If you lot hadn't splashed
across the stream like a
herd of breastfed cattle,
I'd be roasting his corpse on a spit
and playing a tune on
the Horn of bloody Valere.
You are taking the piss.
- You disrespectful goat
- Uno.
[INGTAR] Elyas.
Do you want to put out that signal fire
before you bring Fain and his
Darkfriends crashing in on us?
Fire's not mine.
Down here.
[QUIETLY] May they shelter
in the palm of the Creator.

There was a child who made it out.
The dog was trying to protect her.
[LOIAL] One of Fain's Darkfriends.
A Shienaran, it seems.
He must've been one of the men
who helped Fain into Fal Dara.
Has been traveling with him ever since.
Bloody traitor.
That's enough.
We will bury the slaughtered
and follow in the morning.
You're sure it's from
before the Breaking?
Spend my fair share of
time haggling Sea Folk.
And they are the best in the game.
You've got no interest in that.
It's the heartstone you want.
Pieces of cuendillar are rare, yes,
but what makes you
think I want this one?
It's broken.
Stuff's made from the One Power itself.
And you and I both know
it has one defining trait.
It's unbreakable.
The bond made things easier.
It was like a friend
walking along with us,
chatting away so we never had to.
She's tired, she's hungry,
she's angry, she's afraid.
And now silence.
You don't strike me as a man
who's afraid of a little silence.
She wants me to leave.
You can.
An Aes Sedai needs a Warder.
Adeleas manages fine without one.
She has you.
So does Moiraine.
Should she need me.
I'm not leaving.
Suit yourself.
You're almost as stubborn as she is.
When did this come into your possession?
[DOMON] Couple of months back.
[DOMON] Outside Cairhien.
The old moon dial there
shattered one night this spring.
I know you have men following me.
I want them gone, too.
I don't take kindly to unwanted company.
Your enemies are your own.
It seems there's
something written on this.
[DOMON] Aye.
The whole dial was covered
in a poem when they found it.
Written in blood.
Old Tongue.
I have a copy, actually.
If you're interested.
Always loved me a good poem.
No, no, no, no, no. I think
that's enough questions.
You can have the heartstone
for 50 marks.
The poem
that'll cost you five more.
- Five?
- Mm.
For a poem?
That could buy me the
finest Domani racehorse.
Aye. True enough.
One mark for the poem then.
But I'm not budging on the heartstone.
50 marks
or I walk out of here with it.
This is all I need.
Thank you for your time and travel.
- But the heartstone
- Sea Folk might be
good at the game, Master Domon,
but the Aes Sedai invented it.
Be careful when you insult one.
Ah, serves me right, I suppose.
These men you say are following you,
what do they look like?
Only caught a glimpse from a distance,
once, when we, uh, left
the dock at Whitebridge.
Two men in black cloaks on horseback.
Did you see their faces?
Their hoods covered them.
Go back to your boat. Now.
Take it to Illian, don't stop,
and then on to the sea.
Sail east or west as
far and fast as you can.
Spray's a-a riverboat. She
Then stay to the shadows, but go, now.
Here are ten marks for provisions.
What have you got me wrapped up in, eh?
The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills,
Master Domon.
Light be with you.

I knew we should've stuck
to the wooden swords.
Why? She's good.
- I almost had you.
- [IHVON] Careful.
You'll be bonded to an Aes
Sedai before you even become one.
I'm in no danger of
becoming an Aes Sedai.
[IHVON] I take it class
today did not go as planned?
I know you love her, but
Alanna's a real piece of
Alanna Sedai to you.
It's not her, it's this
It's this whole place.
I don't know.

The first month of Warder training,
they force you to fight
ten other men alone.
Usually only get in one hit,
maybe two,
while you're being beaten
within an inch of your life.
[IHVON] There's only one
thing that keeps you going.
The reason that brought
you here in the first place.
Which is?
[SCOFFS] Different for everyone.
What was it for you?
I fell in love with a Warder.
And you?
I fell in love with an Aes Sedai.
[CHUCKLES] You always make
me feel like the third wheel.
The Aes Sedai will
devise special tortures
to put each of you through
during your training.
But rest assured,
the intention is the same.
So you'll save yourself a lot of time
and hurt
if you can answer that
one simple question.
Why'd you come here?

[ALANNA] Come in.
Do you need a moment to get dressed?
[ALANNA] I said come in.
No, thank you. [CLEARS THROAT]
I wanted to talk to you about
what happened this morning.
Um, juggling two things at once,
no matter what I do, it feels very
When I first started experimenting,
I found it very difficult
to split my focus.
You just have to relax
and let go of all expectations.
When we are used to one partner,
it can be very difficult
to open ourselves up to two.
- Partner?
- My advice
focus on your own pleasure.
When it starts to feel good,
you follow that sensation.
- Let it bloom deep inside of you.
- Um, I'm sorry.
I-I think you may have misunderstood me.
I was talking about, um
the weave from class.
It's-it's hard for me to
focus on the earth threads
- and the water threads at the same time.
- Oh.
In that case, you're probably focusing
on the individual grains of dirt
instead of the collective mass.
You're trying to use hundreds
of weaves instead of just two.
That makes sense.
Thank you, uh, so much for
- all your help.
- Egwene?
Remember, things are messy
before they are perfect.
Nothing worthwhile is neat and tidy.
What are you doing here?
I've been keeping tabs on you, you know.
And to be perfectly blunt,
you've proven to be
quite the disappointment.
You're wasting your time with swords.
It's beneath you.
The Warders have taught me
more in the last five months
than all of your sisters combined.
Yeah, swords are for the weak, for men.
If a man came at me with a sword,
I could meet him with another blade.
Made from the air,
better than most steel
blades, but still
not much use,
because now I have
to fight hand-to-hand,
draining my strength.
Putting me in a vulnerable position.
I don't want it to be a fair fight.

I want to win.
Let me go!
You asked me once why
Reds don't have Warders.
Because they are a
distraction, a weakness.
We can protect ourselves.
Warders are nothing
more than glorified dogs.
Following at their sisters' heels.
Showering them with
praise, stroking their egos.
- And the most loyal of Warders,
like your precious Lan,
usually end up a footnote
casualty in some fight
their Aes Sedai forgets before they
There she is.
You saw that weave only once,
and you were able to copy it.
If you don't let me go right now
What did you do to me?
I shielded you from the Source.
You can still feel it, but
you can't touch it, can you?
- It's making you angry.
Use that anger.
My sisters would have you believe
there's only one way to channel,
one way to become an Aes Sedai.
But they're wrong.
You're here to learn.
Not about silt or swords
but about power.
I want to see you become so powerful
that no man, no woman,
will ever be able to
take that away from you.

- Not even me.
Why are you doing this for him?
He betrayed you all.
He was a Dark friend.
All men deserve a proper burial.
If it was up to Uno, he would've
left his corpse to the vultures.
Which is why I'm in
charge and Uno is not.
Does it bother you?
That I've bestowed
this small mercy on him?
Hundreds of your people died in Fal Dara
because that man opened the gates.
And that doesn't make you angry?
You don't want revenge?
If Shienarans sought revenge
for all the wrongs done to us,
there'd be no Shienarans
left in the Borderlands.
As for anger
That won't bring my men back.
[PERRIN] Folk in Two Rivers
were so kind to Padan Fain.
We'd always stop to chat.
We'd offer him a pint and a warm meal.
A place to sleep.
Myself included.
I keep seeing this image
of him waving to my wife.

And Laila, big smile on her face,
waving right back.
And in return for all of that kindness,
he brought the Trollocs to our door.

There's a rage inside of me.
And the closer we get to
finding him, the more it grows.
I'm scared that when we
finally come face-to-face,
I won't be able to stop myself.
From what?
Killing him.
Watching him bleed out in
front of me like Laila did.

Perhaps Fain had a reason.
For doing what he did.
Now, you may not like the answer,
but you may find it
worth asking the question.
How did it go?
Who was he, Moiraine?
Bayle Domon.
A sailor from Illian.
Why was he here?
What did you want from him?
Is an Aes Sedai not allowed her secrets?
Don't smile at me.
Shut me out and try to drive me away,
don't you dare smile at me
as if everything is fine,
as if you don't know
exactly what you're doing.
I'll have my dinner up here tonight.
Make it yourself.
And have it wherever you want.

Look what came, from Perrin.
What're you doing?
It's Bel Tine.
Can't believe I forgot.
What does the letter say?
He says they're still
searching for Padan Fain
and the Horn of Valere,
but they've lost the trail.
What is it?
"There's something about
being with these soldiers.
They have this saying about swords
and shields and enemy fire.
It's very complicated and
involves a lot of birds
- but the basic idea
is that if you stand
alone with a shield,
much of your body's still exposed.
But if you stand in a group
covering each other with your shields,
nothing can touch any of you.
It made me think of us,
all of us,
and how together we face the impossible.
But now, in our separate
corners of the world,
every day feels exposed.

Which is a long-winded
way to say I miss you both.
And Rand, Laila.
Especially now, this close to Bel Tine.
Let's promise that come next year,
the four of us will celebrate together.
Loial and I could meet
you two in Tar Valon.
And if we're lucky, wherever he is,
Mat will manage to stay out
of trouble and join us, too."
[LIANDRIN] "I miss you both, and Rand,
Especially now, this close to Bel Tine.
Let's promise that next year,
the four of us will celebrate together.
Loial and I could meet
you two in Tar Valon."
Now, that must be painful.
A dozen letters now, and not a
single mention of Mat Cauthon.
I suppose it would be difficult
to forgive you for abandoning them.
What do you want from me?
Naivety doesn't suit you.
I haven't touched that
dagger in six months.
I am not a threat to
you or your Red sisters,
or Moiraine, or the entire bloody world.
Merry Bel Tine, Mat.


I just miss Rand so much.
No matter how much I
complain about this place,
I'm not going anywhere.

I'm here. I'm here with you always.

For Rand.
May his spirit find his way back to us,
in this life or the next.
He gave his life to save
us all from the Dark One.
I'm proud to have called him "friend."

[VERIN] Thanks.
- Want us to wait?
- Yes.
- Tonight, she'll come.
- Yes, of course.
Soon, I'm sure.
Perhaps she just ate an
uncharacteristically late lunch.
Lan, I think you're taking
this all too personally.
It has absolutely
nothing to do with you.
[SIGHS] It only affects
you if you let it,
and I am unequivocally unaffected by it.
- You are not her Warder.
- But she's living in my house.
- Our house.
Technically my house, that
I allow you to live in.
When a woman who can channel
is cut off from the One Power,
it feels like the most
brutal form of assault.
Your body no longer feels like your own.
Your mind reliving the
trauma again and again,
remembering what you once were
and what you'll never be again.
Most women never recover.
Most women die.
[VERIN] But not Moiraine Sedai.
Every single day, she fights.
She wakes up, and she puts
one foot in front of the other.
She fills up those buckets,
no matter how many trips
to the well she has to make.
No matter how much water
she spills along the way.
I don't look at Moiraine
Sedai and see a selfish woman.
I look at her and I see strength.
More strength than any of
us could possibly muster.
[TOMAS] The bond between
an Aes Sedai and her Warder
is one way we communicate,
but not the only one.
The 20 years you've spent together
are the common language you share.
Perhaps, instead of trying
to force her to speak,
it's time for you to be
quiet and really listen.
I think that's the first time in my life
someone's told me I need to be quiet.


- Uhp.


- Lan

- [VERIN] Cover your ears!
What aren't you telling me?

[NYNAEVE] Together we faced
the impossible. All of us.
But now, in our separate
corners of the world,
every day feels exposed.
[MOIRAINE] At the Eye of the World,
we didn't defeat the Dark One.
We set his strongest lieutenant free.
The Last Battle's coming.
- And we're already losing it.
[RAND] The Wheel never
gives anyone what they want.
[SELENE] If you want
something, you have to take it.
- I'm ready.
- Let her face what she fears.
[LOIAL] The hunt for the
Horn of Valere awaits.
With this, the whole world will be ours.
His friends will turn
them all to the Dark.
There's a rage inside of me.
I'm leaving. You don't have to come.
If our friends are in
trouble, why would you think
I'd ever stay here?
[LIANDRIN] It's not
always the most powerful
who write history. It's
the ones who survive.
[SELENE] There are many paths
to walk through the night.
[LAN] I am not looking
to repeat my failures.
I believe in what you do.
[RAND] I'm tired of being
a spoke in the Wheel.
[SIUAN] You're not a spoke, boy.
You are the water
that turns the Wheel itself.
Or dashes it to pieces.
You were born to protect this world.
Not just the ones you love.

[LOIAL] The heroes of today,
that is what we are now.
It's time we start acting like it.

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