The Wheel of Time Season 2 Episode 5 Recap – why did Liaindrin join the Dark?

September 15, 2023 (Last updated: Yesterday)
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Prime Video series The Wheel of Time Season 2 Episode 5 Recap


While Rand and Moiraine are on the run from Lanfear, Perrin makes a choice about Elyas and his wolf pack. Liaindrin has joined the Dark, putting Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elayne in more danger than ever.

We recap the Prime Video series The Wheel of Time Season 2 Episode 5, “Damane,” which contains spoilers.

While Rand (Josha Stradowski) and Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) are on the run from Lanfear, Perrin (Marcus Rutherford) makes a choice about Elyas (Gary Beadle) and his wolf pack. Liaindrin (Kate Fleetwood) has joined the Dark, putting Nynaeve (Zoë Robins), Egwene (Madeleine Madden), and Elayne (Ceara Coveney) in more danger than ever. 

The Wheel of Time Season 2 Episode 5 Recap

From the first scene of this episode, High Lady Suroth has to answer to the High Lord Turak, who is less than pleased with her capturing the village. Turak then receives a present from none other than Padan Fain, who delivers the Horn of Valere to his High Lord. 

Moiraine and Rand are on the run, with Lanfear (formerly known as Selene) heals herself and gives chase straight away. 

Why does Perrin leave Elyas and the pack?

When Perrin realizes that Elyas is leading him away from where his Shienaran friends and Loial were captured, he decides to leave the wolf pack and go save them. The wolf Hopper joins him and shows him a vision of his friend Uno’s dead body trapped in a cage. 

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Perrin ventures back into the village, hoping to take Uno’s body and give him a proper burial. Instead, he notes a captured Aiel woman and somewhat befriends local man Dain

Why is Eamon Valda in the fishing village?

Whitecloack questionnaire, Eamon Valda is still alive and demands to question the Aiel, thinking she might know something about this latest stream of Seanchan attacks. As a side note, after Eamon’s last encounter with Perrin, he seems to have developed a wolf phobia. 

Moiraine buys herself and Rand some time by using an innocent farmer as bait and tricking Lanfaer into chasing the poor woman. As Lanfaer notes, Moiraine is as ruthless as they come. 

Aes Sedai Verrin returns to the White Tower and wants to meet the new and powerful novices. 

Why did Liaindrin join the Dark?

Speaking of the two novices, Nynaeve, Egwene, and Elayne are Liandrin’s captives inside The Ways. Liaindrin confesses she joined the Dark out of desperation to save her octogenarian son’s life. 

Perrin tries leaving the fishing village, but not before freeing the Aiel girl, Aviendha. Before the two can escape, they’re surrounded by Whitecloacks led by Dain. 

In the ensuing battle, Aviendha proves herself an exquisite fighter. Perrin stops her from killing Dain, but the two manage to escape. 

Back in Cairhien, Moiraine, and Rand ask Anvaere for supplies and fast horses. It seems their only option is to keep running from Lanfaere and never sleep. 

Who is Barthanes?

Moiraine also exchanges pleasantries with her nephew Barthanes, who’s about to marry the Queen.

As Verin continues her inquiries into Egwene and Nynaeve’s whereabouts, Mistress of Novices Sheriam tells her that the two women went on a trip with Elayne. 

What does Verin uncover at the tower?

Further investigation leads Verin to conclude that someone from inside the tower used One Power to persuade Sheriam to write down the trip approval. 

Meanwhile, Liaindrin delivers the three captives to Suroth. In a confusing twist, she unbinds the girls before leaving them there, evening out their chances of escape. 

Where are Nynaeve and Elayne?

Nynaeve and Elayne get away, but Suroth’s channelers capture Egwene. The girls find themselves in Fal, which is where Perrin and his new friend are also heading to. 

It’s safe to say that Nynaeve isn’t Elayne’ biggest fan and refuses to listen to anything the princess has to say. 

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Thankfully, Nynaeve’s all-too-annoyingly familiar prideful rant against poor Elayne is cut short when a mysterious man knocks both of them out.

Who attacked Nynaeve and Elayne?

When Nynaeve and Elayne wake up, they meet Aes Sedai Ryma. The man who knocked them out was her Warder, and he got them off the street before Suroth could catch them. 

At the tower, Verin approaches Liaindrin and asks about the novices. Ever deceptive, Liaindrin lies about her travels and claims to have heard a rumor about an attack on a royal carriage. 

A touching conversation with her sister gives Moiraine an idea that may allow her to remain in Cairhien.

The Wheel of Time Season 2 Episode 5 Ending Explained

Suroth presents the captured Egwene to her High Lord Turak. His servants proceed to place a magical collar on the poor girl, which turns into armor similar to what all their other gagged channelers wear. 

How does Moiraine plan to keep Rand safe from Lanfear?

It turns out Moiraine’s grand plan is to use Rand as bait. According to the stories, Lanfear and the Dragon Reborn were deeply in love before he met his wife. 

She joined the Dark in a desperate effort to get him back. So Rand could go to sleep and talk to the Forsaken, maybe get her to give him more information about the Dark One’s plans. 

The episode ends with Rand inside a nightmare. He’s tied up, and Landear is sitting on a throne in front of him. 

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1 thought on “The Wheel of Time Season 2 Episode 5 Recap – why did Liaindrin join the Dark?

  • September 16, 2023 at 3:51 pm

    Love this show

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