The story so far: After Moraine is exiled from the White Tower, she travels with the Edmond’s Field Five to a Waygate. Just when it looks like the party is ready to battle the Dark One, Mat decides to leave the group. As a battle at the Eye of the World looms closer, Moraine tries to figure out who is the Dragon Reborn since those who are not will die.
As The Wheel of Time heads towards its first season finale, a sense of urgency looms over everything. The episode creates a sense of tension with an ultimatum from Moraine to the group. It works to an extent, but the episode also focuses on developments within the group.
The tension remains, but it is directed in different ways. Rand has always carried an insecurity regarding his relationship with Egwene. This is pushed to the forefront in “The Dark Along the Ways.” Due to various events, Rand goes through a series of emotions. These changes happen almost too quickly (this has been a recurring issue in The Wheel of Time), but the story itself is so interesting that it does not negatively impact the show.
The other pair that is explored in the episode is Nynaeve and Lan. It is interesting watching the two interact since they are not used to letting others get too close, but there is also an obvious attraction between the two. Even as things seem to progress between them, it is also hinted there will always be something that comes between them. The biggest reveal in “The Dark Along the Ways” is the identity of the Dragon Reborn. The Wheel of Time ties things together with a fantastic opening battle scene having importance in the end. The Dragon also looks back at events from earlier in the season.
As has been the case all season, The Wheel of Time does not disappoint. While there have been some deviations from the source material, the adaptation has told an engaging story. The characters continue to change and remain interesting and while the mystery of who the Dragon Reborn really is has been solved, the battle between good and evil must now be fought.
The Wheel of Time airs on Amazon Prime Video. A new episode releases every Friday
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