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A Brilliant The Wheel of Time Season 2 Episode 3 Recap & Review

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Welcome to my review and recap of The Wheel of Time Season 2, Episode 3! It’s another foray into the unfolding story with opinion, ratings, and a Best Actor award. My enthusiasm for this richly crafted show grows stronger with every in-depth analysis. But is it really any good?

What Might Be opens itself to abuse with the title alone. I expect many negative reviews to surface explaining “what could have been,” but you won’t find that here. The show’s bold adaptation of complex book scenes continues to impress me, and, with a few exceptions, there is heavy praise below. Stick with the show, I say; it’s getting better and better!

Lady Suroth (Karima McAdams) is seated, wearing a gold, insect-like mask.
Lady Suroth (Karima McAdams)
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The Wheel of Time Season 2 Episode 3

Spoilers ahead for The Wheel of Time Season 2, Episode 3! Nynaeve confronts her deepest fears, while Rand seeks desperate guidance about his powers from an unlikely source. This captivating encounter with the false Dragon, Logain, is eminently watchable:

What Might Be Cold Open

In the White Tower, a room holds three stone arches. Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins) stands before them, flanked by Leane Sharif (Jennifer Cheon Garcia), Sheriam Bayanar (Rima Te Wiata), and Liandrin Guirale (Kate Fleetwood), all solemn.

Nynaeve and three Aes Sedai stand before the Arches.
Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins) and the three Aes Sedai stand before the Arches.

Leane explains the arches are ter’angreal, and Liandrin adds a terse history lesson: ter’angreal are relics of a time before the Breaking when women could make artifacts with the One Power. Some ter’angreal work with the merest touch, while others demand channeling. Sheriam’s tale is more cautionary, speaking of Aes Sedai lives lost to the unpredictable devices.

Leane says the Arches will reveal Nynaeve’s deepest fears. If she survives them, by returning through each arch, she will become Accepted. However, within each arch, the way back will appear only once. Three refusals of the Test mean exile, a fate Leane herself narrowly escaped. Yet, Nynaeve stands resolute.

Some never return from the Arches, Liandrin warns, so Nynaeve should face this danger for herself, not for others. And she should know that inside the Arches, her Power will be useless. As Nynaeve disrobes to her chemise, the Aes Sedai activate the first arch.

For What Was

Wind rushes through wild grass as Nynaeve finds herself in the Two Rivers. She clutches crimsonthorn roots and is confused when her father, Beerien al’Meara (Jonathan Hawkins), arrives. His focus is on the danger of the poisonous herb, not Nynaeve’s disorientation. He washes her hands in a stream, giving a stark warning: “Red is dead.”

Their father-daughter exchange is broken when bandits attack. Elnore al’Meara (Melissa James) defends her family with a hail of arrows, buying time for them to escape. Nynaeve hides in the basement of their home, torn. Should she fight for her family or choose the archway that has appeared? The way back will come but once. Making her choice, Nynaeve leaves, accepting Leane’s Healing on her return to the Tower. She is washed clean of her sins.

For What Is

Nynaeve returns to a Two Rivers ravaged by fever. Tam al’Thor (Michael McElhatton) lies dying, crimsonthorn a futile balm against the disease. Her arrival brings Tam relief, starkly contrasting with the bitter accusations of Natti Cauthon (Juliet Howland). Clearly out of her depth, the new Wisdom condemns Nynaeve for abandoning them. Her pleas for Aes Sedai help have fallen on deaf ears; Natti’s unanswered letters to the White Tower are proof of their indifference.

Tam’s forgiveness isn’t solace to Nynaeve, who fails to channel when attempting to Heal him. Tam’s gentle plea for news of his son is a blow she can’t bear to deliver. Yet, the merciless archway beckons, and she leaves, promising aid that might never come.

Back in the Tower, Nynaeve’s desperate warnings about the Two Rivers are ignored. The cold wash feels like a mockery. She must go on, haunted by her failures.

For What Might Be

Nynaeve plunges into a nightmare. Screams and chaos swirl around her as she wears a red dress and an Aes Sedai ring. Lan’s voice reaches out to her screams, courting her, but Nynaeve grabs an axe. Its blow slices a vision of Lan before Nynaeve stumbles from the arch, drenched in blood.

The wash feels like ice against Nynaeve’s skin. The blood isn’t hers, and she’s holding Lan’s hadori, the Warder’s leather cord a chilling reminder of her ordeal. Sheriam announces Nynaeve as Accepted, but she is overcome by trauma and decides to abandon the White Tower. She bids a tearful farewell to Egwene, convinced her protection is no longer needed.

Lan finds Nynaeve on the road, having ridden with desperate speed. He offers to accompany her to the Two Rivers, now free of Moiraine and the bond. A gateway shimmers within sight but vanishes as Nynaeve turns around. She’s still trapped in the Testing.

Lan Mandragoran, in dark gray, holds Nynaeve close.
Lan Mandragoran (Daniel Henney) and Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins).

Back in the Tower, the final arch falls silent. The Aes Sedai mask their shock as Sheriam blames Liandrin for this outrage. Nynaeve is gone, presumed dead, and Liandrin’s cold demeanor cracks when the others leave. She smashes the water vase in a fury.

My Opinion

What Might Be opens with iconic book dialogue and stunning performances that pull me into the world. The arches are ominous, the ritual chilling and the tension leading up to Nynaeve’s trial is pure epic fantasy. Jaw-dropping and utterly captivating – I’m beyond impressed.

The “red is dead” herb analogy could hint at the inherent dangers of Liandrin’s Red Ajah grooming. And the recurring crimsonthorn seems deliberately tied to the unsettling bond they’ve formed. Nynaeve’s subconscious is clearly churning.

I wonder if the bandits were Dragonsworn from the Season 1, Episode 4 attack. After all, it includes a callback to the Old Tongue incantation she shared with Lan in the same episode.

The “what is” scene has less emotional punch despite familiar faces. The absence of a strong Tam/Nynaeve foundation dilutes his affection, and while seeing Juliet Howland and Michael McElhatton is a treat, I hope for more substantial reunions in Season 3.

Michael McElhatton’s paternal Tam effectively buries memories of his Roose Bolton days, and Natti Cauthon’s spiteful “This isn’t your home anymore” cuts deep. It speaks to an irreversible truth that adversity and fate have changed our main characters’ lives forever.

The third arch is disturbing but brilliantly foreshadows Nynaeve’s potential dark path with the Red Ajah. It’s confusing, maybe even excessive, but it fuels her believable rage against Leane and the others.

Sheriam and Leane wear blue dresses and shawls, with Liandrin in red and holding a vase. They are solemn in front of the testing arches.
Sheriam Bayanar (Rima Te Wiata), Leane Sharif (Jennifer Cheon Garcia), and Liandrin Guirale (Kate Fleetwood).

Of course, we know Nynaeve too well to fully buy her demise. This reduces the impact of Sheriam and Leane’s reactions. Thankfully, Liandrin smashing that vase delivers a gratifying burst of her frustration. Another scene-stealing moment from Kate Fleetwood!

I’ll dive into Zoë Robins’s performance in more depth later. This cold open, though, will linger in my mind for ages. As a book reader, I dreaded this episode, knowing what was coming, but the adaptation nailed Nynaeve’s Testing. Rafe Judkins, the showrunner, braved the Arches and came out again with flying colors.

What Might Be Recap and Review

While my recaps are detailed, nothing beats watching the show yourself! It’s worth your time for the fascinating characters and stunning visuals. The story retains the epic fantasy feel that oozes from The Wheel of Time books and deserves the patience we afforded the novels as they were published. This episode starts with an attention-keeping follow-up to Nynaeve’s Testing—a brutal death that draws an audible reaction from even the most reserved viewer.

The Seanchan have rounded up the people of Atuan’s Mill, including Perrin Aybara (Marcus Rutherford) and his Shienaran companions. Even the knowledgeable Ogier, Loial (Hammed Animashaun), is unfamiliar with these foreign invaders. Wearing an ornate mask and seated on a ridiculously large palanquin, Lady Suroth (Karima McAdams) taps her long nails, and Miri (Valerie Vachkova) begins to stalk the crowd.

A sul'dam escorts her damane, Miri (Valerie Vachkova), while Seanchan soldiers stand guard.
Miri (Valerie Vachkova)

Miri’s childlike appearance is made terrifying by her hair, makeup, and broad collar. Mute from a metal gag, she selects young girls, which the Seanchan soldiers lead away roughly. Alwhin (Jessica Boone) speaks from the palanquin, justifying the Seanchan invasion with a twisted claim to history, delivered in a luscious Southern drawl: “When Luthair Paendrag crossed the Aryth Ocean, the return was promised.”

Uno Nomesta (Guy Roberts) curses the brutal abduction of young girls. His defiance makes him the first target for the Seanchan’s forced oaths of allegiance. Uno fights but is suppressed by the soldiers, looking like cockroaches in their elaborate armor, and is made to kneel before the palanquin. At the base of the steps is a decorative gold horn or tooth, which seems innocuous until Uno refuses to pledge allegiance. The foul-mouthed, fan-favorite is impaled on the spike at a flick of Lady Suroth’s nail.

Uno Nomesta (Guy Roberts) fends off Seanchan soldiers.
Uno Nomesta (Guy Roberts) fends off Seanchan soldiers.

The lesson is clear. Lord Ingtar Shinowa (Gregg Chilingirian), Masema Dagar (Arnas Federavicius), Loial, and eventually Perrin reluctantly submit to the oaths: “To obey. To await. And to serve.”

What an impactful way to introduce the Seanchan – intimidating, ruthless, and seemingly invincible. Ishamael’s (Fares Fares) alliance with them makes them an even more formidable threat.

Alwhin and Ishamael are standing on either side of the seated Lady Suroth, whose long, lacquered nails point to the floor. They are under the palanquin's roof.
Alwhin (Jessica Boone), Lady Suroth (Karima McAdams), and Ishamael (Fares Fares).

While losing Uno is a blow, his shocking death (made even more disturbing by the real-life marriage of Guy Roberts and Jessica Boone) demonstrates the Seanchan’s cruel interpretation of justice. It’s a big scalp for the Seanchan to take this early in the season. I told you this adaptation was brave, and now it has teeth as sharp as the one sticking through Uno Nomesta’s skull!

Logain Ablar

If you have yet to see the video clip for this scene, shared at the top of this review, do so! The raw intensity of the acting is worth a second watch.

Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski) delivers a meager meal of sour oats to Logain Ablar (Álvaro Morte). A dangerous spark remains in Logain’s eyes; he seizes control of the conversation, mocking Rand’s shaved head for its red roots and his thinly concealed identity.

Rand and Logain, both wearing blue, are seated in the sanitarium courtyard.
Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski) and Logain Ablar (Álvaro Morte).

Logain knows who Rand truly is – a man burning with the potential to reshape the world. He remembers Rand from Tar Valon, watching as the Aes Sedai paraded him in chains. Rand’s aura outshone any Logain had ever seen – a sight that made him laugh, even then.

Rand concedes defeat, his channeling impossible to hide from another man with such ability. He asks how to control the One Power. In payment, Logain demands a bottle of Ghealdanin wine. A seemingly impossible ask in Rand’s eyes but an entirely reasonable request in my mind, given the oats Logain is being fed.

The Gleeman

Frustrated, Rand passes a gleeman who wears a vibrant patchwork cloak and spins tales of eager crowds and hunters in Illian, all seeking the legendary Horn of Valere. Book readers will be delighted by the traditional gleeman’s garb, a fun contrast to the subdued coat Thom Merrilin wore in Season 1, Episode 3.

Rand seems strangely unaware of the Horn despite its legendary power to summon fallen heroes. I know he wasn’t in Fal Dara when it was found, but fables like these would surely be children’s stories in the Two Rivers. Selene (Natasha O’Keeffe) fills in the gaps, explaining the Queen’s offer to grant half her fortune to anyone who brings the Horn to Cairhien. The Foregate’s buzz for the reward is understandable, but Rand focuses on finding Ghealdanin wine, which amuses Selene.

Selene sits at an outside table with her hand on her chin, smiling.
Selene (Natasha O’Keeffe)

Ever resourceful, Selene concocts a plan to aid Rand’s quest, starting with a much-needed new coat. The writers cleverly reference the gleeman’s cloak in this dialogue, but Rand must also dress the part for their destination.

Egwene’s Heartbreak

Elayne Trakand (Ceara Coveney) is amused that Egwene al’Vere (Madeleine Madden) has a hangover—ironic for an innkeeper’s daughter. It’s a fleeting moment of lightness before their somber visit to Nynaeve.

Instead of the Wisdom, they find Sheriam packing Nynaeve’s things. The Mistress of Novices delivers the devastating news of Nynaeve’s death with icy detachment. She might uphold the Aes Sedai facade of composure but has all the empathy of a Fade! Fury surges through Egwene’s grief. She rejects Elayne’s touch, slamming the door and collapsing into tears.

Mat’s Freedom

Liandrin waits for Mat Cauthon (Dónal Finn) to wake, her face contorted with dark thoughts. Mat’s flippant greeting is met with chilling news: a sister died this morning. The name is withheld, and Mat’s bravado would crumble if he knew. Taking a page from Sheriam’s book, he remains coldly indifferent.

Mat Cauthon sleeps on a hard bed in his White Tower cell.
Mat Cauthon (Dónal Finn)

Liandrin announces Mat’s freedom, a twist he understandably mistrusts. But the Red Sister is in no mood for games. She unleashes a brutal verbal assault, calling him a spineless coward who blames others for his own failings. Liandrin echoes his deepest fears—his mother’s fatalism and his abandonment by friends. She declares that Moiraine’s little secret doesn’t matter, and he’s free to die in obscurity.

Liandrin’s words sting because they contain a kernel of truth. Hopefully, this will catalyze a courageous change in Mat, a character we want to love, rather than plunge him into more darkness and immaturity. Fortune favors the bold, Mat Cauthon!

Powerful Women

Liandrin drops Nynaeve’s ring into the flames of Tar Valon, the bowl of fire used in Stepin’s tender farewell to Kerene Sedai in Season 1, Episode 5. Liandrin’s composure cracks momentarily, revealing a flicker of grief before Egwene enters.

Consumed by sorrow, Egwene lashes out. She doesn’t see Liandrin’s vulnerability, only a hateful Red responsible for Nynaeve’s death. She accuses Liandrin of wanting Nynaeve to die.

Liandrin doesn’t fight back. Yet, her cold courtesy incites Egwene’s fury. She blocks Liandrin’s path from the room with Fire—a reckless act effortlessly extinguished. Liandrin retaliates: she believed in Nynaeve’s potential, but her death proved her to be a disappointment. “It is not always the most powerful women who write history,” she teaches Egwene. “It’s the ones who survive.”

“You have no idea what I’m capable of,” Egwene snaps, defiance blazing in her eyes.

Egwene al'Vere (Madeleine Madden) stares fiercely at a composed Liandrin Guirale (Kate Fleetwood).
Egwene al’Vere (Madeleine Madden) and Liandrin Guirale (Kate Fleetwood).

Madeleine Madden and Kate Fleetwood deliver mesmerizing performances in this scene. Both embody grief and rage in complex, morally gray ways. Egwene unleashes her raw power, but Liandrin remains unshaken, using composure as a weapon. In juxtaposition, their vulnerabilities are laid bare, making it impossible to judge either harshly. It’s magnificent acting.

That said, I suspect Liandrin’s ambitions for Nynaeve were entirely self-motivated, and a large part of her remorse is self-pity. Despite the humanizing of her character in recent episodes, she is still an antagonist we should worry about. Egwene, though, refuses to crumble. She seems a Battle Ajah Green in the making!

The Great Game

Selene and Rand gatecrash a lavish Cairhien party, their eyes on getting the wine but mingling out of necessity. Selene, ever resourceful, plays the role of a foreign noble, exploiting the cutthroat world of Cairhienin politics. It’s a hotbed of intrigue where secrets and status are the ultimate currency.

An ornate ballroom in Cairhien where nobility are dining.
Carhienin nobility at dinner.

This is the Game of Houses, a web of alliances and deception. Every word hides a motive, every gesture a coded message. When Rand impulsively burns his dinner invitation, whispers ripple through the room. It’s marvelous entertainment and straight from the books—you must read The Great Hunt if you haven’t already!

Rand al'Thor looks lordly in an embroidered red coat.
“Lord” Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski)

Dressed in his new finery, Rand meets Anvaere (Lindsay Duncan), a cunning player who sets the scene with a calculated exchange. She sizes Rand up, eager for the latest gossip and sharing hers. Rand bristles at the news that the Queen’s reward for the Horn is a sham, a cruel ploy to clear the Foregate.

Rand’s anger and newfound suspicion of Selene drive him from the party once the wine is secured. As he leaves, missing the fireworks, Selene seethes. It suggests she’s playing her own Great Game, and Rand’s sudden move wasn’t expected.

Fireworks

Logain watches the fireworks illuminate the city, his eyes haunted. Gentled, he perhaps longs for a power beyond mere spectacle, but fireworks are a wonder, and Logain’s gulp betrays a hint of fear.

The display teases that we’ll meet the Illuminators in this adaptation—their secret creations delighted book readers. Or could it simply be an isolated nod to Aludra’s Guild and her “strikers”? Either way, Logain knows he could have created far more euphoric explosions than these.

Rand arrives with the wine, but Logain’s answers only deepen Rand’s unease. He wants to suppress the One Power, but Logain tells him that is impossible. The False Dragon uses the wine to demonstrate how the Power will eventually spill out of him whether or not he wants it to.

Rand recognizes Logain’s madness and accuses him of the same, igniting Logain as truly as any firework. He believes going mad from saidin is an Aes Sedai lie, used to poison the world against men, though they know only the Dragon can defeat the Dark One!

It’s shocking that Logain still sees himself as the Dragon, and Rand counters with the harsh truth that he is just ill, leaving Logain alone with his ravings and without the help he hoped for.

Álvaro Morte is phenomenal. His performance is a captivating mix of menace and vulnerability. Logain’s tics and flinches paint a disturbing portrait of a broken man. He might not mirror the book’s Logain, but his portrayal is undeniably brilliant, as volatile as saidin, and a joy to watch.

Min’s Deceit

The fact that Mat can now roam the White Tower freely suggests his captivity was an open secret, or Liandrin is more careless than she comes across. Either way, the halls are empty as Mat tests his liberty with a walk, a dubious contrast to the bustling institution of previous episodes. I’m sure it’s lazy writing, but the nighttime setting adds a touch of justification. Everyone must be in bed apart from Egwene, whom Mat finds crying in a garden.

Mat retreats before Egwene can notice his presence. Whether out of guilt or cowardice, it mirrors his painful choice at the Waygate in Season 1. Instead, he returns to his cell and lets Min Farshaw (Kae Alexander) discover their newfound freedom. Min provides another callback to Mat’s decision at the Waygate by saying the door is open and it’s time to walk through. Much better work from the writers!

Dónal Finn and Kae Alexander have easy chemistry, and their banter provides a reprieve from the gloom. Yet Min’s complicity with Liandrin stings—it’s revealed that Min must lead Mat to some unknown location so that Moiraine no longer has a hold on her. This ruse seems dubiously motivated and potentially catastrophic for Min’s character. It works as a plot device and gets Mat’s plot moving, but book Min has a head on her shoulders and wouldn’t fall for this inevitable double-cross.

It’s a tick for creative tension, though, and patches up Mat’s unfortunate plot misdirection following the actor changeover. Moiraine sent word to the Red Ajah to find the boy in Tar Valon, and that missive has seen its arc delivered, so now we can all move on.

The Father of Lies

Perrin awakens in a moving Seanchan wagon to find Ishamael sitting opposite. The Forsaken goads Perrin, informing him that the caravan heads to Falme, where Perrin is promised a comfortable new life. However, Ishamael instills fear by warning that nothing good awaits him in the harbor city.

He questions Perrin’s golden eyes, sensing a monster within that calls for blood. Ishamael reveals his fiery-eyed evil form, the figure that haunted Perrin’s dreams and whom Rand supposedly killed. Wolves howl; Ishamael smiles ominously. “The more wolf you are,” he taunts, “the more you are mine.”

Outside, chaos erupts as collared Seanchan defend against a wolf attack with the One Power. Elyas Machera (Gary Beadle) bravely enters Perrin’s wagon, freeing him. With no chance to rescue Loial and the others, Perrin flees into the night, guided by a waiting wolf.

Fiery Dreams

Selene awaits Rand, whose return in his grand attire ignites her wrath. She grabs his throat, threatening death if he abandons her again—another dark sign of their toxic relationship, but the anger melts into passion. She desires “Lord Rand,” whispering “Show me” as they fall into bed together and “I’m not afraid of you” when Rand finds himself weaving Fire.

Rand wakes with a jolt. The dream has bled into reality—fiery tendrils engulf his arms, the inn ablaze above them. Selene bursts in, calling Rand’s name. They escape the flames, the inn and lodgings burning to ruin, and Rand is numb from the devastation he has caused.

What Might Be

Egwene is in the Testing chamber, channeling into the final arch, but it remains stubbornly silent. Elayne arrives, not with aid but with the heartbreaking truth of failed attempts to rescue loved ones from the ter’angreal. She cares for Egwene, knows about the Winternight attack on the Two Rivers and Nynaeve’s presumed death, and knows the Wisdom wouldn’t want Egwene to make a similar sacrifice.

Elayne’s compassionate words calm Egwene enough to accept a vigil for Nynaeve, and they huddle together in melancholy.

Inside the arches, Nynaeve lives a joyous life in the Two Rivers. Perrin dotes on her daughter, Elnore Jr. (Asia-Sky Fenty), Mat visits in lordly attire, and Lan bakes honeycakes. A letter from Egwene has unsettled Nynaeve – Trollocs ravage the north, calling the Greens to battle. Lan questions whether Nynaeve regrets leaving the White Tower, a question she leaves unanswered.

Suddenly, a Trolloc smashes through their cottage. Nynaeve hides her daughter, then charges out, axe in hand, to face the Shadowspawn onslaught.

The horror unfolds swiftly: Mat is felled by a blow to the eye, and Perrin is struck down by an axe. Lan fights valiantly but is driven through by a Trolloc sword. Nynaeve howls in despair, embracing the Source in a blinding surge of the One Power, then collapses to her knees.

Elnore Jr. emerges, pointing at a glowing archway. More Trollocs approach. Nynaeve recalls the Arches, snatches up her daughter, and flees.

She bursts into the White Tower room empty-handed. Her daughter is gone, and her white gown is stained crimson. Elayne and Egwene wake to Nynaeve’s piercing sobs and rush to comfort her. The episode ends with a massive lump in my throat and a gush of tears. Bravo!

Egwene holds a sobbing Nynaeve, whose white chemise is soaked in blood.
Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins) sobs as Egwene al’Vere (Madeleine Madden) holds her.

What Might Be Rating

While I’m growing concerned about Season 2’s pacing, What Might Be is a captivating exception. Nynaeve’s trial is a riveting, emotionally resonant centerpiece, and the visually stunning Cairhien party weaves a web of intrigue. Logain and Liandrin remain magnetic presences on screen, and the Seanchan exude chilling menace. These elements earn the episode a strong 8 out of 10.

A golden-eyed wolf on a red background. White typography reads “8/10,” which is The Shining Walls' rating for The Wheel of Time Season 2 Episode 3, What Might Be.
“WHAT MIGHT BE” RATING

Yet, a sense of stagnation lingers. Our beloved characters seem trapped, unable to break free of their predicaments. Mat’s freedom feels hollow, Perrin’s escape a retreat into introspection, and Rand’s quest for wine feels insultingly mundane for a savior figure.

What Might Be may be a masterful tease. It delivers resonant character moments and the promise of action but remains yet another episode without a decisive turning point. The Wheel of Time is a story of momentum, journeys, and battles, yet Moiraine remains absent, and our heroes are paralyzed.

The season’s overarching story remains frustratingly unclear. The Horn of Valere feels like an afterthought, the pursuit of Padan Fain a diversion, and the Dragon Reborn seemingly forgotten.

Despite my mounting concerns, What Might Be leaves me with a lingering desire for more, an endorsement of the show’s potential. Like Nynaeve, Season 2 can still reclaim its path, but the lingering sense of inertia, while intriguing, is unsettling after three episodes.

Best Actor

Zoë Robins as Nynaeve al’Meara

Nynaeve, in her white chemise, prepares to enter the Arches.
Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins)

Zoë Robins makes Nynaeve’s triumphs feel earned and her setbacks heartbreaking. We root for her even as she’s misled, trusting her resilience and innate wisdom to shine through.

The actor achieves this by imbuing Nynaeve with a compelling complexity. She skillfully underplays emotions, and her performance is grounded in honesty and restraint. This makes Nynaeve’s moments of raw vulnerability – whether fury or despair – all the more powerful, hitting the viewer with the force of a tightly coiled spring.

Zoë Robins holds her own against many talented actors in What Might Be. Her scenes are a masterclass in portraying inner turmoil without sacrificing the character’s core strength. Her interactions during the Accepted Test are breathtaking. They subtly convey Nynaeve’s journey, drawing us deep into her psyche until our hearts ache in sync with hers. The result is a powerhouse performance, as fierce and unwavering as Nynaeve herself.

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Russell

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