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'The Wheel of Time' Episode 8 Ending Explained: Real WAR begins, paves way for more danger

'The Wheel of Time' Season 1 ended on such a thrilling note and paved the way for another edition
UPDATED DEC 24, 2021
Rosamund Pike as Moiraine in 'the Wheel of Time' (Amazon Studios)
Rosamund Pike as Moiraine in 'the Wheel of Time' (Amazon Studios)

‘The Wheel of Time’ is one of the best fantasy series in recent times and fans wanted the show to run for a very long time. However, all good things must come to an end and the Amazon Series has finally come to an end. But, it’s not the last time we are going to see our favorite characters on the screen.

The finale of ‘The Wheel of Time’ started where the seventh episode left off. Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) and Rand’al (Josha Stradowski) have embarked on a journey to end the Dark One. They go through a dense jungle to reach their destination. Over the course of their journey, they face a lot of difficult situations that tested them. On the other hand, all other members of the team are in Malkier and they are trying to know the whereabouts of Moiraine and Rand’al. Little do they know that something even dangerous is coming their way.


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The war between good and evil has started and now it’s up to the team to defeat the evil. Will they be able to do it? Let’s take a look at how ‘The Wheel of Time’ Season 1 finale ended.

A still from 'The Wheel of Time' (Amazon Studios)

‘The Wheel of Time’ Ending Explained: Did Rand’al choose to support the Dark One?

During their journey, Rand’al sees a dream and is able to see the real identity of the Dark One (. However, the way he is introduced will shock everyone. In the dream, Moiraine asks him about the dream he had and as soon as he was going to tell her, a sword comes from behind and pierces her mouth. She is killed instantly. Rand’al attacks him with his bow and arrow, but nothing happens. The Dark One reveals his real identity and tells him that he doesn’t know what kind of powers he possesses.

He also revealed that last time ‘Dragon Reborn’ came with 99 companions and could not do anything and labels him foolish for coming with a single Aes Sedai this time around.
The dream ends and the same conversation takes place between Moiraine and Rand’al that happened in the dream. However, Moiraine is not attacked. As they continue their journey, Rand asks Moiraine if she can teach her how to channel. She refuses and says that you are the Dragon Reborn and there will be a moment when he’ll be able to feel such energy in him that he’ll be able to channel.

She gives him a small statue and then tells him that whenever he feels that it’s too much power for him, then he should channel all his power into this statue. They move ahead and they see seven giant pillars ahead, so Moiraine realized that the power of the Dark One is rising. The duo reaches an opening where they see a structure leading them to the place where the Dark One can be found. Rand says that he knows this place and has come here in the past. They both reach down and Rand’al tells Moiraine that he knows what happened here between him and the Dark One here.

Josha Stradowski (Rand'al) and Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) in 'The Wheel of Time' (Amazon Studios)

As soon as he touches the ground, he is transported to a world where he is married to Egwene and they have a daughter. Soon, we get to know that Rand has fainted and Moiraine is holding him. She tries attacking the dark one, but he attacks her and takes her power away from her. In the dream, Rand’al asks Egwene if she is real, they talk about an incident that happened in the past and they kiss each other. However, the time is stopped and it’s only him and the Dark One who can move. The Dark One lures him in and tells him that he can create the world he wants and have whatever he wants.

In the present time, Moiraine threatens the Dark One that if Rand’al chooses the darkness, she’ll kill him with her own hands. After luring him in and channeling his inner power, Dark One is unable to make him follow his orders. Rand’al gets up and takes the statue to channel his entire power in it. He uses the statue to destroy the dark one and is able to do that.

‘The Wheel of Time’ Ending Explained: Did Nynaeve sacrifice herself to save Egwene and Perrin?

Nynaeve (Zoe Robins), Egwene (Madeleine Madden), and Perrin (Marcus Rutherford) are in Malkier, trying to go to a battle against an army of Trollocs. The King of Malkier tells his sister that we will be defending the outer wall of the kingdom and if it falls, then it is up to the ladies for saving the kingdom. Unfortunately, the wall falls down and the ladies take the centre stage. All women, who can channel, get together and they combine their energies to attack the Trollocs.

The power is going inside Lady Amalisa (Sandra Yi Sencindiver) and she is using all the powers to kill Trollocs with lightning. However, the power is too much and it’s burning the other women. Two of them die after a tough battle while Nynaeve and Egwene hold up. They tell her to stop, but she doesn’t. She uses the powers to kill the entire army of Trollocs but still doesn’t stop. In the end, Nynaeve uses her power to save Egwene and sacrifices herself. On the other hand, Amalisa also dies.

Zoe Robins (Nynaeve) and Madeleine Madden (Egwene) in 'The Wheel of Time' (Amazon Studios)

Egwene takes Nynaeve in her arms and cries. However, her powers heal Nynaeve and she comes back to life.

‘The Wheel of Time’ Ending Explained: What happened to everyone?

After his encounter with the Dark One, Rand’al leaves the place and tells Moiraine that she should tell everyone that he died. She tells him that she can’t lie, but Rand says that she’ll work it out. Meanwhile, Lan reaches there and sees Moiraine. Moiraine tells him that she has lost her power and she can’t touch the source again. When Lan asks her to have the bond again, Moiraine says that she can’t. Also, she tells him that Rand has died.

On the other hand, Perrin has an encounter with Padan Fain, the man in the Two Rivers. He turned out to be one of the main men of the Dark One and took away one of the most important weapons.

Meanwhile, Mat was seen returning to the place where he stole the dagger from. It seems the dark one has taken over him. 

Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara in 'The Wheel of Time' (Prime Video)

‘The Wheel of Time’ Ending Explained: Whose army do we see in the end?

The show ends with a scene of a little girl playing on the beach. We see an army coming with a lot of ships and they have people who can channel. The show ends with a frame where the water of the ocean is used as a weapon.

The ending is surely paving the way for Season 2.

‘The Wheel of Time’ Season 1 is currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video.