'The Wheel of Time' Season 1 Episode 1: Does Moiraine know who's the chosen one?

Episode 1 of 'The Wheel of Time' sees Moiraine finding an individual who is a Dragon reborn


                            'The Wheel of Time' Season 1 Episode 1: Does Moiraine know who's the chosen one?
Rosamund Pike as Moiraine in 'the Wheel of Time' (Amazon Studios)

There has been a massive influx of fantasy series on streaming platforms like Netflix and Apple TV+. Most of these shows have done well in recent years and garnered positive reviews. So, it comes as no surprise that Amazon Studios also wanted to jump in and taste some success in this genre with ‘The Wheel of Time’.

The latest offering by Amazon Studios is based on the novel of the same name by Robert Jordan revolves around a woman called Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), a member of the powerful all-female organization called the Aes Sedai. Episode 1 of the highly anticipated series has already aired and it seemsAmazon has finally got a winner in their hands.

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The first episode sees Moiraine and Lan Mandragoran (Daniel Henney) embarking on a journey to find one person who has taken rebirth as the Dragon. The reason for finding this person is because he will either destroy the world or help in saving the planet. Apart from Moiraine, a dark entity is also looking out for that individual and trying to kill him/her. According to a prophecy, the Dragon will be able to eliminate the darkness from the planet and make it prosper once again.

Josha Stradowski (Rand al’Thor), Marcus Rutherford (Perrin Aybara), Barney Harris (Mat Cauthon) in 'The Wheel of Time' (Amazon Studios)

While searching for the individual, Moiraine and Lan Mandragoran reach a small town and spend the night there. People are really surprised to see them there. However, things get worse really soon there. During the night, the entire town was singing and dancing when a young man is killed. We get to see a mythical creature terrorizing the town. Soon we discover that there are many such creatures lurking around and they are killing the people of that town for fun.

However, we see one of the creatures dying because of magic. Moiraine and Lan have come to the town to help people and kill the Trollocs who ambushed the town on Emond’s Field. After an epic battle sequence, the Trollocs army is killed by Moiraine’s magical powers and Lan’s swift sword-fighting. The Aes Sedai identifies four young people – Rand (Josha Stradowski), Perrin (Marcus Rutherford), Mat (Barney Harris), and Egwene (Madeleine Madden) – and tells them to accompany her if they want to save the people of the town. She tells them that one of you is the Dragon Reborn and that’s why the Dark One is coming for them. If they want their loved ones to survive, then they should leave the town and come with them.

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

The episode ends with Moiraine embarking on a journey to a place where magic exists. Is one of them really a dragon reborn? Or is there a twist in the tale? We’ll find out that in the upcoming episodes.

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

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