The Wheel of Time season 1, episode 7 recap – “The Dark Along the Ways”

December 17, 2021
M.N. Miller 2
Amazon Prime, Streaming Service, Weekly TV
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Summary

Finally, The Wheel of Time starts to show some severe promise with its comparisons to Game of Thrones with an exhilarating opening sequence and its best episode to date.

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4.5

Summary

Finally, The Wheel of Time starts to show some severe promise with its comparisons to Game of Thrones with an exhilarating opening sequence and its best episode to date.

This recap of Amazon’s The Wheel of Time season 1, Episode 7, “The Dark Along the Ways,” contains spoilers.

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Finally, The Wheel of Time starts to show some serious promise with its comparisons to Game of Thrones with an exhilarating opening sequence of a pregnant flame-haired warrior battling multiple armed soldiers with plenty of armor. It’s an incredible scene as she pulls a Serena Williams, having painful contractions while disemboweling the men with mustard-colored capes. She kills off all of them and rips off one of their garments so she can get the little b*****d out when a weapon is pointed at her chest. She looks up, and it’s one last soldier.

The Wheel of Time season 1, episode 7 recap

As the show goes into its intro, you have to ask yourself: Is this a flashback of the mother carrying the Dragon Reborn? Who has red hair in the group? And does that cape and sword pointed at the pregnant warrior look strangely familiar?

The Squad

Moiraine lets Lan know that the reason she won’t entertain the thought of going to get Mat, who chose not to walk through the gate, is because there is evil in him — if he’s the one, she can’t let him near the dark one.

Meanwhile, are beastly smart Loial tells the newly formed squad that their powers may be used here. The weaving, ropey weapons can be used against them by the black wind/Machin Shin.

Have you ever had a trolloc cockblock? Poor Rand, just as he gets to cuddle with the lovely Egwene, the hideous monster appears with the black wind. Before he can attack, they are pushed over the edge of a cliff to their death below.

The Ways is a dangerous place.

Fal Dara

Not everyone can hold their power. Especially Nynaeve. As they run to avoid the dark wind, they are pinned down beside the door to Fal Dara when she uses her incredible power to fight off their attacker with an Aes Sedai power shield, if you will. All this happens while a being whispers all its worst fears in its ears. This allows Moiraine to open the door as an escape. On their way to Blight and the Eye of the World.

As they enter Fal Dara, things begin to come apart as they come together. They meet Lady Amalisa Jagad, and her brother is Lord Agelmar, the head of Fal Dara. She asks for help — can they send words to the Liandrin that Mat stayed behind. She also warns the arrogant Lord that the dark one has started to use The Ways to move his trolloc army.

Meanwhile, Moiraine may have played her hand too loosely. She consults a local seer to gain valuable information on her four candidates. She watched them drink at the bar and tells Moiraine that the red-haired Rand is carrying a baby (!!!), Perrin has the eye of the wolf, and Moiraine’s future may be the darkest of all. Whoever is sitting in the Amyrilin will ruin her.

She then admits to her group that she cannot lie. Moiraine consulted the seer to see if she could save them, but she couldn’t. She admits they will die tomorrow, but it must be done.

Lan and Nynaeve (“Lanaeve”)

As the squad argues on the morality tale of tomorrow’s journey, feelings are hurt. Not much of that matters because Nynaeve follows Lan back into town. Just after Moiraine tells him she likes his “wisdom.” She interrupts her dinner and then crashes inside his room to shirtless Warder. They kiss and start a romance we have watched grow for several episodes.

When women talk, it’s cute.

Meanwhile, the other romance on the rocks is Rand and Egwene. They talk plans that if she goes and studies at the White Tower, he will become her Warder.

When men stalk, it’s creepy.

The Dragon Revealed

Rand has a dream and thinks about what he saw on his journey. He is the Dragon Reborn, and the seer reveals that he was the baby born by the pregnant warrior. The warrior stood over her and took off his helmet, Rand’s father. She has the baby. She carries him away right after his mother dies, says the seer.

Rand does the honorable thing. He approaches Moiraine and makes a deal. Rand is the Dragon Reborn. He leaves with the other three to save his friends from almost certain death. They walk through the Blight, a forest filled with large dead trees, to get to the Eye of the World.

What did you think of Amazon’s The Wheel of Time season 1, episode 7, “The Dark Along the Ways”? Let us know in the comments below!

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2 thoughts on “The Wheel of Time season 1, episode 7 recap – “The Dark Along the Ways”

  • December 18, 2021 at 5:55 am
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    Jesus man if pregnant woman, in labor, fighting for her life is what you decribe as exhilarating, why don’t we just drop a few in a arena with some lions for your amusement sicko. That s**t was harrowing son.

    • December 18, 2021 at 6:22 pm
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      That sounds like sexism talking. Tomato, Potatoe.

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