The Wheel of Time season 1, episode 8 recap – the finale and ending explained

December 24, 2021
M.N. Miller 18
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The Wheel of Time‘s season finale is an exciting closing chapter that raises more questions than answers.

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The Wheel of Time‘s season finale is an exciting closing chapter that raises more questions than answers.

This recap of Amazon’s The Wheel of Time season 1, Episode 8, “The Eye of the World,” — the finale and ending explained — contains spoilers.

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The season finale starts with what appears to be a scene of the future, where a young couple argues about their daughter being the Dragon Reborn. They are at the White Towers, and as you look outside, the city is bustling. And the sky is filled with flying vehicles.

The Wheel of Time season 1, episode 8 recap – the finale and ending explained

Moiraine, Rand, Travels, and Story Time, Part One

While Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) leads young Rand (Josha Strandowski) through the blight, they encounter young men who go into the dead forest on a dare and turn into mushroom food. “Don’t touch anything,” she warns him. As they approach closer, they take a break, and Rand has an awful dream… or does he? He wakes from a dream, and Moiraine asks him what he saw since plans have significant meaning here. Then, without notice, the Dark One stabs her from behind. His sword goes through the back of the hand and out of her mouth. There, he tells Rand that his father has been dead for years, and his father was not the peasant farmer he grew up with. He then wakes up again. Moiraine, of course, asks him again what his dream was.

Rand refuses to tell her.

As they approach the Eye, storytime continues. Moiraine tells her copper curly-headed Dragon Reborn that a mentor once beat her with her power, and it was something she has never forgotten. They come upon what looks like their final destination. With Rand being reincarnated and all, he sees images of the past. At the beginning of the episode, he sees the Man squaring off over the symbol etched on the stone floor—the yin and yang.

He then falls into a state of seeing the future. He and Egwene (Madeleine Madden) are living a happy life. They have a small child in the quiet countryside that looks like something from The Sound of Music. Then, all of a sudden, there is a dose of reality. Rand is passed out in Moiraine’s arms while she wakes him. Then, they run into “The Man” (played by Fares Fares). Later, revealed as Ishamael. One of the most powerful of the Dark Order was forsaken. His name means “Betrayer of Hope.” And hope he crushes as he takes away Moiraine’s one power.

The Return of the Trolloc Army

Living in Fal Dara must be an anxiety-inducing experience. The northernmost city in Shienar is right on the Blight border. And things are about to get worse. They encounter what looks like a 10,000 strong Trolloc Army. But you know what they say. You best start running when the Trolloc army comes, except for these brave souls in Fal Dara. They see the gate won’t hold, but Lord Agelmar (Thomas Chaanhing) says men face danger head-on. He takes a few dozen men of his best men on horseback to defend the gate and face certain death. They stand at the entrance, which looks like Hoover Dam, and send a rain of sharp arrows down on the Trolloc army.

That doesn’t mean the women will run and hide. Lady Amalisa (Sandra Yi Sencidiver) calls for every woman to come to the city’s defense. Even if they can only channel a leaf off a tree, she needs them. We then see our favorite Seer, Min (Kae Alexander), who saw the future of Nynaeve (Zoe Robins) fall during the battle, dressed as a boy, and sneak off with the ones fleeing the city. Egwene and Nynaeve join Amalisa while watching a few Trollocs get past the gate.

Meanwhile, these Trollocs went to cheerleader camp because they worked well together. They create trolloc pyramids to climb the wall and get into the operating windows to shoot their arrows. One of them impales Agelmar, and now all 10,000 strong break through the gate. This causes Amalisa to summon the other four women to accept the power and channel theirs together.

However, there is a knock at the door back in the city.

Padan Fain

So, Padan Fain (Johann Meyers) shows up, and we have not seen him since he brought in the Trolloc army at Two Rivers. He somehow knows the secret passwords. When they open the door, a couple of those screeching Fades of the Shadowspawn take off the two female guards’ heads. He steals the weapon that would have helped the Dragon Reborn defeat the Dark Order if that was what he chose. He lets Perrin (Marcus Rutherford) live because all five have a role to play. To make matters worse, he kills off the breakout character, Loial (Hammed Animashaun).

Moiraine, Rand, Travels, and Story Time, Part Two

Yet Rand still is in his dream state and begins to question Eqwene on that peaceful countryside (in my experience, women love to be questioned). She confirms that she is real and it is her, but then everything freezes in time. The Man shows up in his dream. He wants to tell him about the power inside him and what he can do. To remake the world in his image (egomaniacal much?).

Moiraine, showing everyone why she is the baddest chick since Ripley, pulls a dagger out and tells the man that if his tricks make Rand choose the Dark Order, she will slit his throat. She has gotten a head start by making a slight cut to her neck and having that dark, rich blood rush down the blade. As the Man continues to persuade Rand is his dream to reimagine the world to his liking (what he is not saying it is under his dark tutelage), he makes a shift. He takes in all the power as he channels both good and evil. He awakens from his slumber, stares down the Man, and blows him away. Though, he has a strange smile on his face. This allows everyone to wonder one thing.

Did the Dark Order win? As Padan Fain said above, to have balance?

Rand defeats the Eye of the World but asks Moiraine to tell everyone he has died. Why? Because Rand felt the madness when he channeled. And when men do that, they go mad and hurt everyone they love. He then walks away and tells Moiraine goodbye.

Lightning Crashes – the ending 

As Amalisa has all of them channel their power, she pulls an Ed Kowalczyk and sends lightning crashing from the sky (who needs bow and arrows). They defeat the entire Trolloc army, and instead of a new mother crying, two of the nameless woman begin to burn from the inside. Amalisa cannot stop it or doesn’t want to. In a clear metaphor for how power corrupts, she continues to take in the power of the world, causing Nynaeve and Egwene to fall. As Amalisa burns alive, just as Eqwene is about to succumb, Nynaeve takes in what is killing her that saves her life.

Lan (Daniel Henney) meets up with Moiraine, and he tells her that he wants back in and misses the bond (convenient after Nynaeve dies, isn’t it?). But she breaks the bad news to him — she lost her power. But we then find out that Egwene, crying about her fallen friend who saved her life, channels her back to healing her. (At this point, I’m guessing Lan is telling Moiraine, “Hey, I gotta get back to… do something”).

The final scenes have Mat (Barney Harris) going back to the city where he found the ruby dagger and a fleet of battleships channeling a tidal wave that appears to crash onto a beach where a little girl is playing in the sand.

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18 thoughts on “The Wheel of Time season 1, episode 8 recap – the finale and ending explained

  • December 24, 2021 at 1:14 pm

    Where did you get the idea, that in the beginning scene the woman and the man argue over wether the child is the dragon reborn?

    Lewis Therin ist the dragon, which the woman (the armylin of the time) states quite clearly…

  • December 24, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    Also why on earth are you saying that Lan wants his bond to Moiraine back, at a very convenient time, since Nynaeve just died? He can’t know that, first and foremost, and secondly, can we stop with this assumption of this love triangle thingy between Lan, Nynaeve and Moiraine? I thought they’ve made it quite clear that Moiraine and Lan are extremely close but their relationship isn’t sexual or romantic, as it isn’t in thr books.. Why write stuff like this in an article??

  • December 24, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    The entire show was bad. Bad. The finale is even worse than the average episode. Calling lews therein “the dragon reborn” in the age of legends is a giant faux pas that clearly shows the people making this showing are completely unfamiliar with the source material. He isn’t the dragon reborn, he is the dragon. There was no amerlyn seat at t that time because the rift between male and female aes sedai is the result of the dark one corrupting the male half of the power AFTER lews therin imprisoned him AFTER lanfear let him loose. But the real crime in this show isn’t that it doesn’t follow the source material, it is that it rushes everything and develops nothing. None of the characters are relatable or developed in way that would make you care about them. Every episode they are faced with a momentous occasion they sail through with minimal effort and 0 toll. Why should we care? Nyneve and egwene can resurrect people, moraime can heal the dark of shadar loghoth in an instant without any consequences. Untrained channelers wiped the trolloc army at the gap with minimum effort. Rand overcame ishamael with just the power of stubborness… What a disappointment this show has been. If they’re not going to hire a proper writing staff for season 2, they should just cancel the show and stop embarrassing themselves

  • December 24, 2021 at 8:09 pm

    I normally give a show six episodes to see if it’s worth the effort. By episode six I knew that this had all the elements of a Class 1 dumpster fire. Rafe Judkins wants to create an alternative to Game of Thrones? Ha! I don’t know what he’s created but I think I stepped in a pile of it once.

  • December 24, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    So much for “dragon”. It’s like Al Capone’s vault. I was expecting to see Geraldo at the eye at some point.

  • December 24, 2021 at 11:30 pm

    I have read this series more time’s than I can remember. The series is different from the books but I have accepted it for what it is. It has my wife hooked and I just take it for what it is. No tv or movie is true to the books, see any Stephen King movie, but I can live with what they are doing to this series. I just have to take it as is and accept it for what it is and be happy with it
    I’m not happy with the changes in episode 8 but I’m definitely going to keep watching it and enjoying it as much as I can. Just my opinion, take it for what it’s worth.

  • December 25, 2021 at 4:51 am

    Unfortunately this article starts with flaws regarding what happened on the show in the beginning. The show starts off at three thousand years ago not the future! Now I’m going to be skeptical about this writer’s review.

  • December 25, 2021 at 5:10 am

    A bit of a candy crush romp with a premature climax, but some good epic fantasy and high magic backed by great scenery and special effects.

    Felt rushed and scattered, with a Lord of the Rings blueprint to the point of constant deja Vu, and yet amidst the chaotic filming and sense of dishevellery, a well spring of mythos can be found.

  • December 25, 2021 at 5:52 am

    I have read the series many times. This series is rushed and pretty much un-understandable. It started out fairly well but rushed through everything so there is no real reason to care about the characters at all. I am truly disappointed.

  • December 25, 2021 at 6:06 am

    Episode 8, dumpster fire plan and simple. The horn of valor siting under the throne in box just waiting to be picked up by dark friends, no reference to the seals on the dark ones prison, a couple of wanna-be aes aedai destroying the entire horde overrunning fal dara, give me a break talk about not being true to source material. Horrible adaptation of the original.

  • December 25, 2021 at 10:16 am

    This is a such a mess of a review! I’m not sure what the author was watching, but the bizarre assumptions leapt to in this summary are so inaccurate. Maybe the reviewer fell asleep and had their own dream sequence? A couple in the FUTURE arguing that their child was the dragon reborn?? Lan thinks Nynaeve is dead and that’s whyvhevwants the bond back? Come on, seriously, I hope writing reviews is not your day job.

  • December 26, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Omg, The writing is so bad and doesn’t follow the book much at all. Robert Jordan will be discussed. I doubt the writers even read the books. What a hugh disappointment.

  • December 26, 2021 at 4:21 am

    I have read the series couple times and is a favorite of mine. It’s too bad they had gone off the story line. I really like Rosamund Pike, it as usual “Hollywood” likes to change things to what they think is a better story line but this time they went horribly wrong. I am surprised that Robert Jordans family let them change so much of the story.

  • December 26, 2021 at 7:51 am

    this is one of the most atrocious writing I had a displeasure to read.

  • December 26, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    It’s f*cking awful. Cancel season 2. None of the show makes sense and the writing is awful.
    I think rafe judkins pocketed the budget because it looks like no money was spent on this awful production. What a waste of a great story

  • December 26, 2021 at 5:46 pm

    I have a sour taste in my mouth, my hopes are crushed, my dreams are gone. The writing is less than awful. guys.

  • December 26, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    So one month and 7 episodes and the dragon reborn kill the bad guy with a small statue and a few flashes. Oh boy what a finale… !

  • December 26, 2021 at 9:15 pm

    I really thought that maybe they could save the series with this episode, but I’m all in all disappointed. It’s either you read the books, or you watch the series. I have to assume that the ships at the end of the episode are Seanchan (even if the Damane are not leashed by an A’dam, which I would like to see how they are going to pull that off). So many things are different from the books that the only way you can relate them are for the scenario and background. One of the biggest points in the books is that no Aes Sedai or woman that can channel can see Saidin, or the other way around with Asha’man or male channelers, and since Episode 4 I was shocked, and not in the good way, since this special characteristic of the One Power is what dictates many of the scenarios throughout the story.

    P.S.: Also, how in the f*** did Rand break Cuendillar, nothing, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING breaks Cuendillar, not even Shai’tan (weakening it doesn’t count). Where are the Seals? So many things wrong with the series, it’s going to be a miracle if they want to stay true to RJ world.

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