Alright, it finally dropped and I would be remiss in my long and dusty duties if I didn’t fanboy over it a little. But it’s late and I can’t add much to what I’ve linked below. By all means let’s assemble our Wheel of Time knowledge and see what can be said about all this in the comments.
Just as a little background, this is the series. It’s not the best series of all time and it’s not a founding classic, but it’s the pulp fantasy doorstop OG that I read through high school and university as my life shifted from analog to digital. I met Mrs. Hatboy on a fan forum discussing the books, and we all know how that ended.
It didn’t. It didn’t end. There are neither beginnings nor endings, you know.
So yeah. Upwards of twenty years we’ve been picking this story apart, and waiting for a movie or TV adaptation. And it will be here on the 19th of November.
There it is. Really not much to say. The fucking Myrddraal (its mouth and screech felt more draghkar-ey to me, but it has a hooded cloak and it is visible in a mob of Trollocs there) is perfect. Tar Valon looks amazing. The channeling looks excellent. I had my doubts about some of the casting but I think they’ll all grow on me.
Whatever’s happening with Egwene in the Harley Quinn pool is super neat and I wonder if it’s part of her Accepted raising, or a Dream she is having of her gaining the stole. They do seem to be throwing in some stuff from later in the series, which is actually fine.
Shadar Logoth and Mashadar looking good too.
I’m happy with the Emond’s Fielders being older than the barely-adults they are in the books, for one simple reason: they’ll want to make at least five seasons of this to make it worthwhile, and kids will go all Ron Weasley on them. Young adults will stay fairly consistent as the years go by.
Daniel Greene broke it down far more thoroughly than I ever could so I’ll just take his work and nod approvingly:
Works for me. It’s good to see the younger generation has this shit figured out.
The names are going to give me grief though. If that’s the way they’re going to be pronouncing Aes Sedai, Tar Valon, Egwene, Nynaeve and Aiel (and I’m sure it is; Greene has definitely studied the pronunciation guides in the books and the showrunners will have done the same), then it’s going to get ugly. Because I’m reading the books to Wump and Toop right now and that ain’t how I’m pronouncing any of the names, and Wump at least was not having it when she heard them. I’m saying them right, and Greene is wrong, and if the TV show does it his way then they’re wrong too.
Just the way it is.
Still, I see reason for optimism here.