'The Wheel of Time' Episode 5 Review: Is Perrin manifesting a dark power?

Mat continues to struggle with guilt over possibly killing a family as the False Dragon is brought in for trial by the Aes Sedai


                            'The Wheel of Time' Episode 5 Review: Is Perrin manifesting a dark power?
Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara in 'The Wheel of Time' (Prime Video)

Spoilers for 'The Wheel of Time' Episode 5 'Blood Calls Blood'

Another Friday and we finally are served with the fifth episode of the Amazon Prime epic fantasy series! 'The Wheel Of Time', adapted from books of the same name, has had a very good pace with each episode packed with important and thrilling plot lines.

The series follows the journey made by Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) to find the Dragon Reborn with dark forces enclosing fast as well. So far we had four potential candidates who have been separated from her and a False Dragon who is in the captivity of the Aes Sedai. With the Dark One's minions fast enclosing and all of them astray, the epic series has been receiving much love from fans as well. Read on to know what happens in the fifth episode and what we thought of it.

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The fifth episode of the epic series begins on an emotional note as we see the Aes Sedai bury their dead after the fight. A time skip of 1 month shows us Mat (Barney Harris) and Rand (Josha Stradowski) almost at the White Tower but stopping to rest at the nearby city. Mat is showing clear signs of creeping corruption which is quite worrying knowing what the One Power does to men. The episode also showcases the politics that runs in organizations as Moiraine warns Nynaeve (Zoe Robins) to be wary of Liandrin (Kate Fleetwood). Liandrin is one character who has the potential to turn the tide her way which is quite an exciting premise, considering she's somewhat of an extremist.

Abdul Salis as Eamon Valda in 'The Wheel of Time' (Prime Video)

Perrin (Marcus Rutherford) and Egwene (Madeleine Madden)who have been traveling with the nomads are captured by the White Cloaks with its sadistic leader Eamon Valda (Abdul Salis) abusing his power. The 'pure' character is not so pure and has his own agenda as we see him force Egwene to channel. This was a very distressing scene as before being presented to him she was forcefully stripped, scrubbed and clothed in white. Madeleine Madden put on a great act which left us feeling infuriated at her distasteful treatment.

Meanwhile, the Aes Sedai bring in the False Dragon Logaine (Alvaro Morte) which saw an emotional moment with Mat and Rand promising each other that if one of them could channel, they would not let them end up like Logaine. Alvaro Morte startled and impressed us with his maniacal laughter as it is indicated he felt that Mat could channel. The episode strongly highlighted the bond between the Aes Sedai and their warders as we see Stepin (Peter Franzén) slowly fall even deeper into depression. Moiraine and Lan's (Daniel Henney) emotions run high as well after Stepin kills himself.

Daniel Henney as al'Lan Mandragoran and Peter Franzen as Stepin in 'The Wheel of Time' (Prime Video)

Backtracking to Egwene and Perrin, in a most brutal fashion Eamon Valda slices Perrin's back until Egwene focuses and conjures a small flame which she smartly uses to burn her and Perrin's ropes. But what came truly shocked and scared us was that Perrin's eyes suddenly appeared yellow with him releasing an animalistic throaty growl which even has Egwene startled.

As the two stab the leader and escape we see the camp being attacked by wolves with Perrin saying they won't harm them. Just like Egwene, we wonder how he knows that as the mystery between him and the wolves that he has been encountering deepens. Is he channeling a dark energy? What triggered this change? We don't know, but can't wait to find out. Although the episode ended on the sad note of Stepin's funeral it promises only more mystery and thrills to follow. Another great watch, 'The Wheel of Time' continues to impress.

‘The Wheel of Time’ returns to Amazon Prime Video with a new episode every Friday.

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