The Wheel of Time (2021) s02e02 Episode Script

Strangers and Friends

[LIANDRIN] Something is coming,
and we're not ready for it.
[ALANNA] Egwene is stronger than most.
But you have ten times
that power, Nynaeve.
[LIANDRIN] I want to see you
become so powerful that no man
will ever be able to
take that away from you.
I haven't touched that
dagger in six months.
I am not a threat to you.
[LIANDRIN] Naivety doesn't suit you.
I know about the man
you meet in Northharbor.
Walk away, or I will tell your
Red Sisters where he lives.
[LOIAL] I know very
little about this sniffer
Lord Ingtar's hired.
There's a rage inside of me.
The whole dial was covered in a poem
when they found it, written in blood.
[LAN] The bond made things easier.
It was like a friend chatting
away so we never had to,
and now, silence.
What aren't you telling me?
[RAND] What do you see now?
The Eye of the World?
Wish I didn't.
[RAND] It's true, isn't
it what they say
about men who can channel?
That eventually, they go so mad,
they kill everyone they've ever loved?
It is.
[RAND] Tell them I died here.
Tell them I didn't make it back.
[SELENE] Rand?
Another nightmare?
No. I should get to work.
You still owe me room
and board for this month.
Don't be late. I'll have
to charge you interest.
I won't be.
Your rates are too steep for me.
All these nights together, and
it's always the same ending.
[RAND] Here, son.
Hey, here, friend.

[MAN] Do you hear me?
You are mine, Rand al'Thor.

Ah. Lan.
You sure you don't need more Healing?
[LAN] I'm fine.
[ADELEAS] I'll get you some water.
You're in luck.
My Sister and I have
decided to accompany you.
I assume you'll head to
the White Tower first?
I have been exiled from the Tower.
I know.
- Wait.
We need to leave if I'm to make
it to the docks before sunset.
I've lost too much time already.
Where exactly are we headed?
The White Tower.
- You can't
- Have Tomas ready my horse.
You're still weak from the Healing.
And I don't want my saddle to slip.
[UNO] We certainly won't
bloody well catch 'em
if the goat-licking bastard
refuses to ride a horse.
Tracking's not easy
to do from horseback.
He's just sniffing the bloody
air. It's not proper tracking.
Well, he's kept us on Fain's trail.
[ELYAS] Quiet.
[INGTAR] They crossed here.
Something doesn't feel right.
Let's go over.
Wherever we can find a crossing.
Builder, you stay with the horses.
- [LOIAL] As you wish.
- Oh.
[INGTAR] Split up, search the grounds.
This could be a Darkfriend safe house.
There's a woman. In that house.
Sorry. We were worried that you might
- This is where it happened.
- Light.
- Perrin? Perrin, you all right?
There's nobody in here.
Let's go.
to know the difference
between vision and reality.
You don't get lost so easily.
Whatever you're doing to me,
I want no part of it.
Doesn't work that way.
[UNO] Seems Fain and his
friends left in a hurry.
Probably felt us
breathing down their necks.
Whatever scared them away, it wasn't us.
There's something you need to see.
He was alive when they did this.
When they started, at least.
[UNO] What could do this to a Fade?
I don't know.
You think it was Padan Fain?
Back to the horses.
We'll stay in that village
by the river tonight.
[WOMAN] No! No!
My blade. Where is it?
Hurry, someone!
The Aiel have breached the wall!
- It's just me, Errol.
- How do you know my name?
How did you get past the guards?
The guards let me in,
like they do every day.
The Aiel War is over, my friend.
Twenty years now.
Want to go for a walk?
- We've met before, eh?
We have.
This isn't some dirty trick?
No. I wouldn't dream of it.
Never thought I'd see the day.
Aielmen among us.
Nobody bats a bloody
eyelash in the whole place.
Coming to take me for a walk.
We get to start fresh every day.
But we always manage.
Don't we?
Vicious fighters, you lot.
I saw one cut down a
whole brigade on his own.
- And your women
- Even fiercer?
- Even fiercer.
- Oh.
I'm amazed you survived.
Don't test me, boy.
Once a blademaster,
always a blademaster.
Even if I have misplaced
my heron-mark sword.
[WHISPERING] I'll try to sneak
my sword in again sometime.
You can teach me a
few more forms, right?
[WHISPERING] Take your pick.
Cutting the Clouds,
- Kissing the Adder
[YANN] Just like the
glory days, right, old man?
- Get out of here.
- [YANN] Now, come on.
He's easy to wind up, that one.
Always good for a laugh.
You're going to wind up the
wrong person one of these days.
Who? You?
You clean up old man
shite all day every day.
At least in the garden here,
I get to see some of the
more famous residents.
Well, and the sun.
[RAND] Hey.
That bastard.
He caught us by surprise.
Next time, we'll be ready for him.
Now, what'll you hit him with first?
Parting the Silk
to put him off balance.
Then Reaping the Barley,
before he can right himself.
Straight to the heart.
Pretty vicious yourself, old man.
Where's Nynaeve?
Liandrin Sedai herself
came in and took her.
Took her where?
[NYNAEVE] Breakbone fever.
Begging your pardon,
Aes Sedai. Would you?
Oh, proceed, child. We
wish only to observe.
[NYNAEVE] Crimsonthorn root.
- You aren't going to
- Of course she's not.
Breakbone may be a death
sentence where you come from,
but here, it's easily healed.
We dilute the crimsonthorn.
Takes the edge off the pain.
But the Healing is still
quite uncomfortable.
Maybe you could hold
her hand while I do this?

That was incredible.
Took a lot of practice.
[LIANDRIN] When you become
Accepted, like that young woman,
you learn from each of the Ajahs
about their speciality, their purpose:
exploring our Great
Library with the Browns,
learning statecraft and diplomacy
from the from the Grays.
And when you come here,
the Yellow Sisters teach you
that Healing it's a response
to the symptoms and disease
you are presented with.
But my Ajah?
We stop the disease taking
root in the first place.
Men who can channel are not a disease.
I grew up in a small village, too.
When I came here, it took a long time
for me to wrap my head around the idea
that saving one girl's life,
great that may be it pales
in comparison to what
I actually could do.
Using the One Power it
slows the aging process,
lets Aes Sedai live
for hundreds of years.
We can do more than just react.
We can change the
course of history itself.
I could make sure that countless girls
I'll never even meet don't need
to be saved in the first place.
I've asked the Mistress of Novices
to turn your studies over to me.
I heard you're not
allowed to teach novices.
You've heard of the Arches?
The trial novices go
through to become Accepted?
When my Sisters ask you if you're ready,
I suggest you say "yes."
Then our work can begin.
[WHISPERING] I'm allowed
to teach Accepted.
[WOMAN] Sweetcakes, Aes Sedai?

Thank you.

[MAT] You should at least knock.
I might have been naked.
Oh, my heart flutters at the thought.
[MAT] Are those for me?
Sweetcakes. I'm feeling generous.
- Are they poisoned?
- If I wanted you dead, boy,
I could think of far
more creative options.
What do you want from me, then?
We're merely observing to make
sure the effects of the dagger
from Shadar Logoth have
fully passed from your system.
That why you locked
that door behind you?
Enjoy the sweetcakes, Mat.

Oh, you can leave those right
there. Thank you so much.
Would you mind not blocking my door?
Oh, are you a novice, too?
I was starting to think they'd put me
in a different section of the Tower.
I haven't seen another
soul here since I arrived.
The day starts early around here.
And, yes, I am, but I would
appreciate it if you
Will you show me how you've
done your room, will you?
It's just, with this tiny
space, it's just impossible.
I've seen closets that are bigger.
- Oh, so you've just moved in, too.
- Uh
Oh, I'm so grateful I'm not
the only one starting today.
You really think they'd do a better job
at cleaning up before we
arrive, don't you think?
Mine was full of rubbish, too.
No. I see. Um,
you didn't just move in.
I did not.
This is lovely stitching.
- Um
- It's Western Andoran, isn't it?
The Two Rivers?
Why are you smiling like that?
Um, it's just, um,
I'm so pleased.
I-I never thought that
the Tower would let me live
with the rest of the novices.
Why wouldn't you live
with the rest of us?
Oh, you know, the whole
"Daughter-Heir" thing.
I'm Elayne Trakand
Daughter-Heir of Andor?
You're my, uh subject.
I'm Egwene al'Vere.
Well, it's lovely to meet you, Egwene.
You know, they say
that some of the greatest pairings
in the history of the world were formed
between novices in adjacent rooms.
Cadsuane Melaidhrin and Elena
Katab met just like this.
Don't you wonder what the
future might hold for us?
Arinvar couldn't join you?
There are some things
best left between Sisters.
What Liandrin's proposing
is just too dangerous.
Last week, she wasn't
even allowed near a novice.
And now she wants Nynaeve
to go through the Arches?
Nynaeve is the most
powerful channeler this Tower
- has seen in
- A thousand years. Yes.
Everyone keeps saying that.
She still can't embrace
the Source unless
she's angry or afraid,
- and barely even then.
- [IHVON] She could die
in the Arches. Many have before her.
[SHERIAM] Oh, perhaps.
- Doubtful, with her power.
- [ALANNA] Do you know why
these women and men are
being born now, Sister?
With so much more power
than we've ever seen?
Not just Nynaeve, but Egwene
and the Daughter-Heir, too.
[IHVON] And the false
Dragons. Logain, Mazrim Taim.
[ALANNA] The Pattern's
giving us weapons.
To fight against him.
The Last Battle is near, Sister.
And would you not have Nynaeve
at our side fighting it?
You're the Mistress of Novices.
You're responsible for these girls.
Liandrin's little cabal have
called for a vote, Alanna.
And, unfortunately, in the Hall,
you speak as one, not three.
That is, if you intend to
be here to speak at all.
Do you want to stay?
[ALANNA] No. Moiraine
She needs us.
[NOVICE] Ah, good. Did you come to help?
No. Liandrin had told
me I could come by.
- Is she ?
Liandrin Sedai just left.
If you hurry, perhaps you can catch her.

We'll spend the night here.
Find out if anyone's seen Fain,
or whatever killed that Fade.
Light, the smell.
Tastes better than it smells.
Go in.
The first plate's on the house.
- Go, go, go, go! Go in!
- Mm.
[UNO] We need drink,
- not some rank devil fish.
[LOIAL] I actually quite like lionfish.
There's a certain depth of
flavor to the fermentation
that makes it quite delicious.
- Why am I not surprised?
Aren't you coming?
I prefer to sleep under the stars.
Suit yourself.
They're not your pack, you know.
The Shienarans.
[VERIN] Incredible that you can see
the Tower from here, isn't it?
Adeleas and I promised each other
we wouldn't return there until our
"History of the World Since
the Breaking" was complete.
- And yet here you are.
- Yeah.
History needn't be written
when it's being wrought.
Three Fades hunting a single Aes Sedai?
The eye of the Dark
One is upon you, Sister.
Did you not think we would ask why?
I assume it's one of
the boys you brought back
to Tar Valon last autumn?
The Dragon?
Who else knows?
That's close enough.
I wanted to know how far
you'd go for the Dragon
if you're to lead him to victory.
Our Sisters wish to cage the
Dragon, to clip his wings.
Their fear that he will break
the world again blinds them
to the truth:
that after all these years,
our world is still broken,
and that what we need is
to make it whole once more.
Well, what's broken
cannot always be healed.
I need an oath of allegiance, Sister.
An oath declaring what?
That I will never betray you?
That I will never betray him?
Neither of us knows what
the future may bring.
Either of those things
may one day be necessary.
And even oaths have
loopholes one can exploit.
Hmm. For now, you will
simply have to trust me,
and I, you.
There are books in the Tower
that might prove useful.
Prophecies that speak of Toman Head,
of battles in the sky,
of a sword of flame
and the branded hand that wields it.
I will find them.
Come back to the fire,
sit beside us, hmm?

I don't want her to
smell you dirty bastards.
You'll do fine.

[RAND] No. No. N
Listen, I don't think tonight is
I have to be alone.
That's the funny thing about people.
When things get bad,
we want to be alone.
The truth is,
that's when we need each other the most.
We can be alone together.
No. No.
And the gardens lead out to the city,
but we're not allowed outside
the Tower without permission.
I've barely spent a few
hours in Tar Valon itself.
Farina Sedai.
You didn't really need me
to show you around the Tower, did you?
Well, no.
Six summers here as a
girl and you'd know it
- like the back of your hand, too.
- Hmm.
But I didn't want to miss the chance
to get to know you better.
[SHERIAM] Take them
to my room immediately.
Ah, Sheriam Sedai, I
Who let your maids
into the novice quarters
with all of this nonsense?
Oh, I
You may be destined for the
Lion Throne of Caemlyn, child,
but here you are a novice,
just the same as any other.
Give me the woman's name.
She only did it as a favor to my mother.
Her name.
If what she did demands punishment,
then I will take it.
[SHERIAM] Then you will be in my office
every morning for the next three months,
feeling the switch on your shoulders.
Of course, Sheriam Sedai.
Before breakfast or after?
As you wish.
And you.
Where's Nynaeve al'Meara gone off to?
I-I'm sorry, I don't
know, Sheriam Sedai.
[SHERIAM] Have her come to my study
straightaway when she's back.
[EGWENE] Of course.
I'm sorry you had to see that.
At least they pay attention to you.
The only time an Aes
Sedai ever talks to me
is to ask where my friend is.
Your room.
you wanted them to clean it out.

[LIANDRIN] My love.
My darling,
you wake up.
- I'm with you now.
I'm here.
Now, you must try and
get some of this down.
It'll take the edge off the pain.
There, there, there.
Yes. Shh.
That's better, this is better.
What are you doing here?
[NYNAEVE] The crimsonthorn, I
I thought you were trying to kill him.
I thought he was a
man who could channel.
- I
- Walk away from this place
before I do something we both regret.
He's in pain.
You think I don't know that?
I can't heal him.
His hand.
It's spasming.
Means the pain is in his heart, too.
The crimsonthorn won't help with that.
He'll still be hurting when you go.
You need turmeric milk to
help smooth the inflammation.
Get out!
Before I kill you, you get out!
[CRYING] Get out, you stupid girl!
Get out, get out!
Oh, no. I'm sorry.
I'm sorry.
I'm so sorry.
I didn't know it would hurt you.
I didn't mean to leave you here in pain.
I'm so sorry, my my boy,
my beautiful boy.
I'm sorry.
Come on.
Another cell.
So, you're the possum that's
been scratching at my wall.
So, what did you do
to piss off the blonde?
- Nothing.
- Ah.
Is it a sex thing, then?
Yeah, she looks like
she'd be into domination.
Those cheekbones.
Nah. Luckily, I'm not her type.
I think she prefers her men dead.
Who are you?
And why do they have you in here?
You got any more of those?

I'm Min.
Mat Cauthon.
[ADELEAS] No, no, no, no, no.
Do not underestimate him.
Tomas, oh, he was delicious
back in the day. [CHUCKLES]
But he chose our dear, sweet Verin.
And that was the end of his sex life.
How about you two?
You've never told us
the story of how you met.
Come, Sister. It's
late, we should, um
It was in the Borderlands,
wasn't it? Hmm?
You probably saw him
prancing across the
desert on a black steed,
sword out, hair whipping in the wind
[MOIRAINE] It was outside Chachin.
I'd been following him
on the road all day.
He kept throwing glances back at me.
I thought he was a Darkfriend.
I thought she was a mercenary
sent to kill me by my carneira.
Oh, in-in Malkier,
older women take young men's virginity
to, um, show them the ways of love.
This is getting good.
[MOIRAINE] I found him by a pond,
His face was still, but so much
raged beneath the surface.
Meditation's never come easy for me.
Especially not when you're planning on
killing an Aes Sedai.
I didn't believe you were an Aes Sedai.
I'd always heard that they were old
cold and sour.
[MOIRAINE] He'd left his sword
sitting on a rock nearby.
But the moment my hand
touched the scabbard,
he'd crossed the ten yards
grabbed me by the scruff of the neck
and tossed me in the water.
You threw Moiraine Sedai in a pond?
It's unwise to try separating
a man from his sword.
And that's when you knew, huh?
Any old Warder can
protect you from a Trolloc.
But the right one,
he can protect you from yourself.
Think you can fit?
Yeah, let me just, uh
A bottle of wine?
They usually let me
work through one a week.
It's been a while since I
could have a drink with someone.
Sorry, are you coming on to me?
Oh, please. Move.
Move, move, move. Come on.
Feels like home.
They really pick a color
and run with it, don't they?
So, are you gonna tell
me why you're in here?
I usually avoid Tar Valon.
The riverboat I was on
changed course in the storm,
so I thought, "Why not?
Plenty of bar work in a big city."
Just my luck,
a Red who loves a drink recognized me.
So here I am.
But why did they want you?
I see things.
If I keep drinking this,
- I'll see things, too.
What kind of things?
Glimpses of the pattern.
Like the future?
That is way less interesting
than I expected, to be honest.
I'd hoped for at least a murder,
or a secret affair with an Aes Sedai.
What, seeing the future
isn't interesting to you?
You really don't want to know
what I see when I look at you?
Unless it's how I get out of here
Absolutely not.
No, I would rather
not know the shit that's headed my way.
Better head back.
They usually check while we're sleeping.
Yeah, um
will you visit again?
I'll check my social calendar, possum,
I think it's pretty open.
Min, are you all right?
I don't want to hurt you.
You can't.
You know
there was someone that I loved once.
When he left, I was shattered.
But I knew no one else could ever
have that power over me ever again.
What's left to hurt if he
still has my whole heart?
When I'm with you, I
can pretend you're him,
I can pretend I'm
whole again.
You can't imagine what a gift that is.
It's so much more than I've
had in a very long time.
Who do you think of
when you're with me?
Someone I wish I could forget.
Well, maybe that will just
have to be how this works for us.
You'll help me remember
and I'll help you forget.
[ELAYNE] I present to you
my secret weapon.
The flavor's much better
when I can brew it in small amounts.
The air weaves that
increase the pressure
and speed up the fermentation,
they're just much more
manageable that way.
- It packs a punch.
You worked this out on your own?
I like to tinker with things.
Plus, when one has no friends
and isn't allowed to have fun,
one must fill the hours somehow.
Speaking of friends,
was Sheriam Sedai
asking you about
Nynaeve al'Meara earlier?
Do you know her?
I take it you do.
[ELAYNE] It's just
people say that she's quite powerful.
Egwene, are you there?
We came here together.
She's my best friend.
Light! How exciting
No, uh, no, no, it's
it's-it's not that.
[EGWENE] She's not
doing anything exactly.
But I guess that's the problem.
All I do
is study,
work myself to the bone
following the rules,
while she skips classes,
claiming she doesn't
even want to be here.
The hardest thing is,
she says she came here for me,
to protect me.
Like she's always done.
Whether I want it or not.
But where is she when
I actually need her?
She's off sparring with Warders
or becoming Liandrin's bloody protégé.
I just feel like
the harder I try,
the more I fall behind.
And the less she tries
the more she gets ahead.
I know we're only just
getting to know each other,
so I hope you'll
forgive me when I say
it's not the best look on you.
I'm-I'm not jealous.
I am Daughter-Heir
to the most powerful
nation in the world.
I know what jealousy looks like.
Egwene, I have nothing to say to you.
Liandrin Sedai.
- If this is about earlier
- If I could take back
what is about to be
offered to you, I would,
but I've already set
the wheels in motion,
so here we are.
Follow me.
[NYNAEVE] Just tell
me where we're going.
[LEANE] Whom do you
bring with you, Sister?
One who comes as a candidate
for Acceptance, Sister.
Is she ready
to face the Arches?
She is ready
to leave behind what she was,
and alone,
passing through her fears,
gain Acceptance.
Does she know what she fears?
She has never faced them
but now is willing.
Then let her face what she fears.
The hour waits for no woman.

I should have sensed
the Fades were coming.
I should have
I'm sorry.
Do you know when I actually
decided you'd be my Warder?
It was after Chachin.
We were on our way back to the Tower
and we stopped at this little village.
I can't remember the name, but
But there were three Trolloc heads
staked on spears outside the town.
A warning.
But it didn't faze you.
You'd faced so many in the Blight,
and I couldn't imagine
the courage it took
to face the Shadow with
nothing but a sword.
That's when I knew.
Because I knew that when the time came,
you'd be able to survive on your own.
You'll go to the Tower
and I'll continue alone.
I'm not leaving you.
I was wrong, Lan.
I was wrong about everything.
The Last Battle's coming,
and we're already losing it.
The cuendillar that broke
at the Eye of the World,
that was the Seal keeping
Ishamael imprisoned.
The Forsaken?
We didn't defeat the Dark One,
we set his strongest lieutenant free.
The Forsaken are 3,000 years old.
They're the strongest
channelers that ever lived,
and Ishamael may be waking the others.
What they can do with the One Power
make the Aes Sedai look
like tavern magicians
conjuring birds from their sleeves.
I mean, he cut me off
with a flick of his wrist.
But it takes eight Aes
Sedai to cut someone off.
Alone, he couldn't, no matter how
You have no conception
of the power they wield.
Well, then tell me.
You and I walk this path together.
Every step of it.
Every choice, every sacrifice
We've never walked this path together.
You've never seen the forest
for the trees because
I have never shown it to you.
I know what you're trying to do.
You can't push me away.
Rand's alive.
You said he was dead.
You assumed.
I did what I had to do to protect
the Dragon Reborn because my loyalty
is to him
and him alone.
I took an oath to defend you.
To give my life for yours.
And without the bond,
you're unable to fulfill that oath.
- I'm still your Warder.
- No, you failed me.
Without Verin and
Adeleas, I would be dead.
I am not letting you
walk away from me again.
I know.
Alanna will see you to the Tower.
I'll have her take your bond by force
if I must.
I swore myself to you
because I trusted you.
Because I thought that
we were in this together.
That was never true, was it, Moiraine?
An Aes Sedai cannot lie.
So tell me the truth.
We were never equals.
Light protect you
al'Lan Mandragoran.

- [SOLDIER] Come on! Pull!
Hold your ground!
Rescue him!
[INGTAR] Shienarans,
with me, at my side!
Take cover!
[SOLDIER] Stay back!
- Come on.
[SOLDIER 2] Don't move.
- [SOLDIER 3] What are you doing?
Get back here.

Are they ready?

They'll have to be, won't they?
[CELESTIN] Yann was
attacked in the Foregate
last night, so we needed
to fill the position.
It won't be much different
than what you've been doing already.
Your charges just have richer families
or a special patron, is all.
And you get some fresh air.
[RAND] Your usual orderly had
a terrible accident last night,
so I'll be taking care of
you for the next few months.

I have a feeling you and I
have a lot more in common.

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