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A Brilliant The Wheel of Time Season 2 Episode 4 Recap & Review

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Daughter of the Night helps this encouraging second season find its momentum. While there are some pacing and latency issues to discuss, my vibes below are mainly positive. You can expect thrilling twists, satisfying plot arcs, and impeccable acting. Explosive action will surely follow!

Stand fast then for my brilliant The Wheel of Time Season 2, Episode 4 recap and review. You’ll get my breakdown of the performances, writing, special effects, and more – plus my rating and Best Actor award.

Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski) has his arm around Selene (Natasha O’Keeffe) as they stand on a clifftop.
Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski) and Selene (Natasha O’Keeffe) at Kinslayer’s Dagger.
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The Wheel of Time Season 2 Episode 4

Spoilers ahead for The Wheel of Time Season 2, Episode 4! Moiraine races to find Rand while Nynaeve grieves her devastating losses. Get a chilling glimpse of this episode’s opening, where Ishamael summons even more darkness:

Daughter of the Night Cold Open

Ishamael (Fares Fares) strides through a shadowy Cairhienin canyon, its cliffs stretching above him like tower walls. He enters a cavernous chamber and chants in the Old Tongue with outstretched arms, his weaves of the One Power igniting an eight-pointed seal on the ceiling. The moondial shatters in a blinding flash, revealing a blood-soaked figure crouching before Ishamael.

“Blood feeds blood,” Ishamael intones. “Blood calls blood. Blood is, blood was, and blood shall ever be.”

The figure rises, reaching out with a bloodied hand. The Betrayer of Hope clasps it with his own.

My Opinion

This chilling opener brims with horror and suspense. Ishamael, seemingly freeing another Forsaken, sets the stage for this episode’s thrilling conclusion. Moiraine’s fearful suspicions have a foundation!

Fares Fares embodies Ishamael with chilling composure. His calm malice makes him all the more terrifying, and I haven’t praised this actor enough since starting these reviews. He gets under the skin with understated, almost accidental evil, and it’s easy to see why mere mortals fall for his manipulation.

The Father of Lies is sinister and calculated; now he’s set one of his equals free! It’s not very comforting but delightfully entertaining, and I love seeing the show expand on the books by showing the release of the Chosen. It’s intriguing and terrifying to witness, and I hope we get similar scenes for the other Forsaken—this one was incredibly effective.

I initially mistook the canyon for the Towers of Midnight, which are linked to the Seanchan, but the Cairhienin setting (confirmed by X-ray notes) makes sense, given Bayle Domon’s discovery. In A Taste of Solitude, he said the broken cuendillar and Old Tongue inscription were found there.

“Towers of Midnight” is also the name of the 13th novel in the series. There were 13 Forsaken in the books, but the repeated use of an 8-pointed star suggests their numbers will be cut for the show. I’ll reserve judgment on that until later, but this menacing cold open is a resounding success.

Daughter of the Night Recap and Review

The dangers in this world are more threatening than ever. The Forsaken and Seanchan are formidable adversaries, and the Darkfriend count is rising fast. Rafe Judkins calls this the mid-season climax, and while the pacing is slow at times, Daughter of the Night delivers dramatic payoffs and twists worthy of the claim. I advocate watching the episode before reading my recap. Key moments will be spoiled as we reach the crucial stages of this season.

Anvaere (Lindsay Duncan), with white hair showing her mature age, applies a wig to reclaim some youth. Sunlight slants through dusty windows, glinting off unfinished paintings and cluttered desks—a once-glorious mansion fallen into decline. A nervous butler, Johnas (Robert Russell), brings news: Anvaere’s older sister has arrived. Moiraine Damodred!

Anvaere (Lindsay Duncan) reclines on her daybed.
Anvaere (Lindsay Duncan)

Anvaere receives Moiraine formally, tea laid out. There’s time for only the barest greetings before Moiraine requests a horse stable, her old room, a dress, and – tellingly – Ghealdanin wine. Anvaere protests, “It’s been decades!” before catching herself.

Moiraine declines tea as there’s another she must visit. It is undoubtedly Logain.

Rand and Selene

Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski) shovels the ashes of Selene’s (Natasha O’Keeffe’s) ruined inn. Despite the loss, she’s unnaturally cheerful, joking about free lodging if Rand rebuilds the place.

Rand (Josha Stradowski) and Selene (Natasha O’Keeffe) stand in the wreckage of The Crescent Inn.
Rand (Josha Stradowski) and Selene (Natasha O’Keeffe) amidst the wreckage of The Crescent Inn.

Rand apologizes profusely, but Selene dismisses the blame, suggesting she left the candles burning overnight. She invites him to Kinslayer’s Dagger, a childhood haunt where her parents owned a cabin. Rand is initially hesitant due to his low mood but is quickly won over by Selene’s playful charm.

Nynaeve’s Grief

Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins) remains in her room, haunted by her daughter’s voice and the torment of her trial. The hasty donning of her Accepted ring – a plain serpent devoid of gems – reflects her raw, unfinished state.

Egwene al’Vere’s (Madeleine Madden’s) well-meant visit with honeycakes only betrays a new gulf between them. The terror Nynaeve experienced is too visceral for anyone who hasn’t shared it to fully comprehend. The holes in her heart are gaping; she can barely manage a weak embrace. Her face is a mask of devastation.

Rather than linger on the aftermath of her reappearance, the show wisely emphasizes Nynaeve’s grief. She spent years of marital bliss within the ter’angreal before the brutal Trolloc attack. Now, she bears the burden of being the sole survivor, crushed by guilt and loss. It’s a credit to both the writing and Zoë Robins’ portrayal that this scene, while brief, cuts deep. Even the stark, beautiful simplicity of her Accepted dress reinforces her desolation.


We shift to Arafel, a Borderland nation, where a long-haired Lan Mandragoran (Daniel Henney) is spending “family time” with Alanna Mosvani (Priyanka Bose) and her Warders, Maksim (Taylor Napier) and Ihvon (Emmanuel Imani). Alanna prepares dinner while the Warders entertain children with wooden swords. The youthful company shows that Alanna is much younger than Liandrin and Moiraine. It may not matter, but this level of detail is appreciated.

Maksim (Taylor Napier) plays wooden swords with children in an Arafel village. Dinner is being prepared on open stoves and tables in the yard.
Maksim (Taylor Napier) plays with the children in an Arafel village.

I’m momentarily confused by Lan’s changed appearance. The poor transition makes me think we are back in the Arches, and Nynaeve is the point of view. Instead, the long-haired look must be one Lan exhibits when in “retired Warder” mode. I jest, but it’s a waste of Lan’s potential to have him wallowing while the world is in grave danger. I hope he recovers from this depression soon.

Alanna and her Warders have supported Lan since Moiraine “took the bond away.” I assume they’re referring to the masking of the bond rather than any further action on Moiraine’s part. Either way, they are satisfied Lan is no longer a danger to himself, but they still want him to find a new direction.

Alanna inquires about Lan’s plans since she is returning to the White Tower. She mentions Nynaeve’s upcoming trial, suggesting he might find a new purpose as her Warder, but Lan declines, not wanting to repeat his failures with Moiraine.

Alanna Mosvani (Priyanka Bose) smiles as she stands over an open stove with large cooking pots on the grills.
Alanna Mosvani (Priyanka Bose)

Alanna reveals that Moiraine changed drastically 20 years ago, becoming “cold as ice” – a change astute viewers will know came about following her discovery of the Dragon’s rebirth. Lan knows that, too, so the scene has some redundancy. There are nuggets of interest to digest with Alanna’s dinner, though.

Cadsuane Sedai is mentioned for a second time this season (Elayne refers to the renowned Aes Sedai in Strangers and Friends). It could be a strong indicator that we’ll see the legendary Green Sister sooner than expected, but it may also suggest she’s been relegated to an anecdotal footnote for the series.

Additionally, Alanna’s playful threat about “setting someone on fire” teases a breach of the Aes Sedai’s oaths. However, while they cannot lie, book lore tells us that Aes Sedai can state a blatant untruth in sarcasm or wit. So, don’t throw Alanna on the Darkfriend wagon just yet!

Moiraine’s Promise

Moiraine, dressed regally in blue and wearing her kesiera, revisits her childhood room, her expression passive as she considers relics of the past – a dollhouse, books, and a painting depicting Moiraine as a young woman while Anvaere is still a child. She then visits the asylum to meet a resentful Logain Ablar (Álvaro Morte).

Logain recognizes Moiraine’s complicity in his fall and realizes she orchestrated his move to Cairhien. Her motive is for him to train Rand. She offers wine, then a knife, and finally extracts Rand’s location.

Logain’s powerlessness mirrors Moiraine’s own, perhaps hinting at a shared desire for death. Yet, his Gollum-like fixation on the blade suggests a thirst for vengeance. Logain reveals Rand’s whereabouts; Moiraine promises him the knife – if he trains Rand in the One Power.

Elayne and Egwene

While mopping floors in the White Tower, Elayne (Ceara Coveney) and Egwene discuss Nynaeve’s change since the Arches. Egwene feels useless, as if she can’t do anything to help. Elayne, the supportive friend, gently urges her to stop trying to “fix” Nynaeve without understanding her ordeal.

Egwene argues that friendship means being there, as Nynaeve was for her following Rand’s death. Yet, she feels a growing sense of insignificance since coming to the White Tower. Elayne has no easy answers but for her silent presence. Perhaps, for now, that is the most meaningful form of support Egwene could herself provide.

The Young Warder

Nynaeve enters the Warders’ training yard, her new status as Accepted eliciting bows that make her squirm. A young Warder (Leonardo Taiwo) approaches, his delivery more wooden than the quarterstaffs around him. Liandrin Guirale (Kate Fleetwood) watches the exchange.

In a painfully stilted conversation, the trainee Warder offers Nynaeve his services. He’s heard about her channeling in the Arches and hopes – with a cringe-worthy earnestness – she won’t join the Red Ajah.

Liandrin’s smug smile fades when another Red Sister delivers a letter. Whatever its contents, it clearly wasn’t on her agenda.

A Thinly Veiled Threat

Liandrin enters the Amyrlin’s chambers, finding Leane Sharif (Jennifer Cheon Garcia) standing over her writing desk. Liandrin chastises her for failing to dispatch sisters to the western coast, which is under attack.

“The west is always under attack,” Leane dismisses, “usually from itself.” She confirms that Aes Sedai were sent but have yet to report back.

Liandrin mocks Leane’s vulnerability in the Amyrlin’s absence. “You know of she falls,” she warns with chilling malice, “you’ll fall with her.” The Keeper stares, stunned by Liandrin’s audacity.


Elyas Machera (Gary Beadle), Perrin Aybara (Marcus Rutherford), and their wolf pack hurry along a forest path. Perrin’s anxiety about his captured friends simmers openly. He’s frustrated that they’ve not seen the Seanchan caravan for hours and remains dubious about whether they are even going in the right direction to rescue his friends. Elyas is unintentionally badass by scorning “Wolves don’t get lost” before changing the conversation to focus on Perrin’s Wolfbrother abilities.

A small wolf walks on a forest path between Perrin Aybara (Marcus Rutherford) and Elyas Machera (Gary Beadle).
Perrin Aybara (Marcus Rutherford), Hopper, and Elyas Machera (Gary Beadle).

He clarifies that Perrin won’t become a wolf himself. It’s a relief, but the underlying tension of being ‘different’ remains. The wolves communicate in vivid images, and Perrin’s eyes flash yellow as he receives one – a buck elegantly running above the path. There’s a lovely contrast as the scene transitions to wolves tearing into the buck’s raw carcass. Elyas eats similarly, though Perrin cooks his portion over a fire.

One wolf, drawn by Perrin’s shared grief for a lost mate, sends him a greeting vision – the wolf prancing on his feet and leaping into the air. “Hopper,” Perrin exclaims, and even the grim Elyas is humored by the wolf’s name being shared and understood.

Despite the slightly undersized wolves, this scene is a win. Hopper’s dance is endearing, and we receive intriguing information about Perrin’s powers. Yes, the visions are jarring at first, but they are a reasonable way to show animal talk and get a pass from me, too.

One of the wolves has taken a shine to Perrin and sits beside him. They have something in common: they are both grieving their lost mates, and the animal sends a vision to Perrin in greeting.

Most importantly, this is the best character development Marcus Rutherford’s Perrin has enjoyed since swinging an axe into his wife’s belly. It draws attention to his connection to the wolves and how that might pull him away from his human ties. There’s a legitimate fear that Elyas is leading him away from his loved ones and familiar loyalties rather than towards them.

Maksim and Lan

We return to Arafel, where Lan seizes an opportunity to read the parchment stolen from Moiraine’s saddle in Strangers and Friends. His frustration and concern are evident.

Lan is interrupted by Maksim asking for help at the well—but it’s a pretext. He wants to discuss Warder bonds. Lan’s bond with Moiraine has been masked for six months, and Maksim reveals that Alanna does the same for him. When they bonded, he disliked the intrusion, and she disliked “the show,” so they mask it outside of life-or-death situations and intimacy. Maksim suggests it’s a solution Lan could consider with Moiraine.

While I understand Maksim’s tale is a clever allegory for agitated viewers, who can always return to the books if they don’t like their adaptation, it feels like an unnecessary detour in Lan’s story. The wasted screen time contributes to this episode’s mid-section drag.

Anvear’s Influence

Moiraine finds Rand’s lodgings destroyed. Her outward calm masks her inner turmoil as she confronts a dismissive guard. He shrugs that fires are common in the Foregate and has nothing to say about a red-haired boy.

Moiraine Damodred (Rosamund Pike) is wearing a blue dress and her kesiera (a blue gem on a chain) around her forehead.
Moiraine Damodred (Rosamund Pike) wears her kesiera in Cairhien.

That night, Moiraine finds Anvaere waiting for her – an inconvenience she cannot avoid. Anvaere dismisses Moiraine’s reluctance; she shouldn’t have to wait up to speak to the older sister she spent half her life idolizing. She berates Moiraine scornfully.

Their father believed Moiraine would restore their House after their uncle failed them, but it was Anvaere who endured years of rebuilding their reputation. Her son will marry the Queen soon, and no one will spit on the Damodred name again.

Anvaere will not let Moiraine endanger her hard-won gains. This is her city, her house – and Moiraine is no longer her “little sister.” Even Moiraine’s spies now serve Anvaere. To learn Rand’s whereabouts, Moiraine must sit and listen… over tea!

What a tense confrontation, superbly acted by Lindsay Duncan and Rosamund Pike! This scene masterfully reveals Cairhien’s political underbelly, dramatically complicating the Damodred plotline. Anvaere’s revelation is thrilling, leaving me eager for the fallout.

Kinslayer’s Dagger

Rand and Selene share a moment of connection atop a cliff with a breathtaking view. Selene confesses the lie about her family’s cabin, instead telling of a past spent visiting a man at Kinslayer’s Dagger. Rand assures her she doesn’t have to explain her past.

Selene playfully challenges Rand’s youthful lack of history, but he makes her smile curdle by suggesting she’d be surprised. Recovering, Selene shares that the man was her only love. She leans her head against Rand’s chest.

Selene (Natasha O’Keeffe) rests her head on Rand’s (Josha Stradowski’s) chest, her hands pressed against his front and back.
Selene (Natasha O’Keeffe) draws comfort from Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski).

Stirred by memories of home, Rand reflects on his friends’ ambitions and his simple longing for a world that isn’t broken. He believes the Wheel denies everyone their desires, especially him. Selene counters with a harsh truth: “No one and nothing ever gives you what you want. If you want something, you have to take it.”

Rand accepts the open invitation and kisses her.

Betrayer of Hope

Mat Cauthon (Dónal Finn) and Min Farshaw (Kae Alexander) share a playful game of dice, but Min’s focus is elsewhere despite winning. She awaits a visitor, buying Mat drinks while abstaining herself. It’s Ishamael who invades her nightmares when she retires to bed.

The visions he forces upon her are cruel. Haunted by her aunts’ past taunts, she sees only pain and death in the futures of those seeking hope. Ishamael reveals his many names: Ishamael, Father of Lies, Betrayer of Hope, Forsaken. He offers to silence the visions she never wanted. Liandrin can’t deliver what she promised, but he can.

Trapped in her nightmare, Min realizes the terrible bargain she’s stumbled into. She refuses the Dark and refuses to hurt Mat. But Ishamael is chillingly confident; she will obey and bring Mat to Cairhien. Min cries at her inability to fight.

I’m disappointed by Min’s path toward becoming an unwitting Darkfriend, though providing a unique direction for her character is intriguing. Her fate – and my acceptance of this plot – rests on what comes next. Kae Alexander’s performance keeps me invested, but I mourn the strength of Min from the books.

There’s similar pain for Mat fans. Our beloved rogue, so vibrantly portrayed by Dónal Finn, is criminally underused. Hopefully, his luck will change, and we’ll see more of him soon.

Liandrin and Nynaeve

Nynaeve sits alone with her sorrow before the Arches. Liandrin joins her and admires Nynaeve’s courage in returning to a place most Aes Sedai shun forever after completing their trial. When asked if any of it was real, Liandrin offers a stark truth: “The pain.”

It’s a rare moment of compassion. Liandrin guides Nynaeve gently, acknowledging time’s healing power yet allowing Nynaeve to voice her grief for the daughter she lost.

Liandrin Guirale (Kate Fleetwood) and Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins) conversing in the Arches chamber.
Liandrin Guirale (Kate Fleetwood) and Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins) conversing in the Arches chamber.

Liandrin reveals her own story – keeping her son hidden for years is a weakness born from fear. Though selfish, she doesn’t want to lose the one thing that is truly hers. Men who can channel are cursed by madness. They end up killing those they love the most. Yet female Aes Sedai bear their own curse: outliving all they hold dear by scores of years.

Liandrin’s lesson is to grasp the pieces of the world that are yours and, when lost, seek another. Yet, when Nynaeve inquires if Liandrin has found her new focus, she doesn’t respond.

Instead, Liandrin reveals a secret: the White Tower knows of an invasion in the West. Prisoners have been taken—Shienarans, an Ogier, and a blacksmith from the Two Rivers. Nynaeve’s eyes widen, and her path is suddenly clear. She forgets to question Liandrin’s sources.

This scene could hold me captive for hours. The writers deserve praise for crafting such a poignant exchange, and the dialogue, delivered with chilling beauty by the actors, cuts to the bone. It’s a masterpiece.

Meditation and Motivation

Lan, Maksim, and Ihvon attempt meditation in the Arafel village. Restless as always, Maksim fidgets and eventually gives up and leaves. Lan notes that he lasted ten minutes, earning amusement from Ihvon. Soon, he will be as old and wise as them.

The mood turns somber as Ihvon broods that quiet ones are silent because the conversations are always playing in their heads. Indeed, Lan is troubled by Moiraine’s parting words, specifically her claim that she never considered him an equal. Ihvon thinks this is how it should be, pointing out the vast difference between Aes Sedai and Warders. A Warder must keep their Aes Sedai grounded. They are not meant to be equals but can share the same goals. In Ihvon and Alanna’s case, it is for the Light to triumph over the Dark.

Just as Lan admits his growing uncertainty about Moiraine’s true motivations, Maksim leads Alanna into Lan’s room. Alanna discovers the hidden parchment, and her reaction suggests a shocking revelation.

A Rescue Mission

Egwene and Elayne discuss the Daughter-Heir’s birthright while drinking their power-infused brew. Egwene muses that knowing your future must be comforting, but Elayne wonders what it would be like to choose your own fate. They are interrupted by Nynaeve, who curtly dismisses Elayne despite them being in her room.

Nynaeve tells Egwene that Perrin and Loial are captive, and she’s leaving for Falme to rescue them. Egwene puts possible expulsion from the White Tower aside without hesitation. If her friends are in trouble, why would she stay? She is here because if she had been trained, she might have been able to save Rand. Egwene wants to fight and isn’t going to fail her friends again. She’s going to Falme, too.

Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins) leads Egwene al’Vere (Madeleine Madden) and Elayne Trakand (Ceara Coveney) through a dark tunnel in the White Tower. They carry lanterns.
Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins), Egwene al’Vere (Madeleine Madden), and Elayne Trakand (Ceara Coveney).

Nynaeve and Egwene carry lanterns through a secret tunnel leading out of the Tower. That’s as far as Nynaeve’s plan goes, and they are soon rumbled by Elayne. She has followed them and demands answers, but before explanations can be given, Liandrin emerges from the shadows.

The Aes Sedai regards Elayne as a complication, apologizes to Nynaeve, and unleashes Air with the One Power. The three women are thrown against the tunnel wall and collapse, unconscious, to the ground.

A Fade in the Night

Rand and Selene sleep by a fire on Kinslayer’s Dagger. Unease rouses Rand; he senses danger, and his heron-marked sword is soon in his hand.

A Fade lurks in the forest, and Selene screams as it emerges from behind a boulder, blade swinging. Rand narrowly dodges, but his sword is knocked from his grip. Selene scrambles to her feet as he commands her to stay behind him. He channels, unleashing a torrent of flame that consumes the Shadowspawn.

Rand’s dark secret is out. He apologizes, but Selene recoils in shock. The pieces fall into place about the burning inn, though Rand begs Selene to believe he’s not gone mad. It was an accident, and he hasn’t changed from the man she knows.

Selene sobs, and Rand steps back, thanking her and promising to leave to keep her safe. He knows that male channelers kill those they love first. Selene swoons at Rand’s confession of love but wonders why he has hidden his ability to channel. Rand can only answer that he wanted her to see the man, not the monster.

With a gentle touch, Selene reassures him that he’s not monstrous. The One Power is in his nature and shouldn’t be hidden. She confesses her past, the man she lost – how she mirrored her soul from him, hiding her true self… until one day, he saw too much.

They gaze at each other, love battling fear. Rand doesn’t know how much time they will have together. “The same as everyone else,” Selene says before leading him into the cabin. “Never enough.”

Daughter of the Night

Alanna and her Warders discuss the prophecy found in Lan’s pocket. “Lan mustn’t know who it’s about,” she insists, though even Maksim recognizes its reference to Lanfear. Her seal is broken, and the Forsaken walks again.

Ihvon reads from the parchment: “Daughter of the Night… Her new lover she seeks, who shall serve her and die, yet serve still.”

Cutting to Kinslayer’s Dagger, Selene binds Rand’s hands and straddles him. They kiss as Ihvon’s voice fades, replaced by Ishamael’s:

“Who shall stand against her coming? The Shining Walls shall kneel. Blood feeds blood. Blood calls blood. Blood is, blood was, and blood shall ever be.”

Selene pulls back, whispering, “There’s something you should know, Rand… I’m a monster, too.”

We’re reminded of the bloodied figure from the episode’s start, and Rand’s voice fills with fear, “What do you mean? What’s happening?”

Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski) is tied to a bed with his shirt open at the chest. He looks stunned and confused.
Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski) reacts to Selene’s revelation.

Just as Selene writhes and a look of twisted pleasure contorts her face, a sword bursts through her chest. A hand circles, slashing her throat. It’s Moiraine, and she swiftly frees from his bonds Rand after.

In shock, Rand shoves Moiraine against the wall, channeling in fury. She insists Selene isn’t dead. She couldn’t be. This is Lanfear, immortal and the most dangerous of the Forsaken, and Moiraine cannot lie.

The truth crashes down on Rand. Moiraine urges him to run—they do. Lanfear’s eyes flicker open, blackness washing over them.

With my jaw still hanging, the episode ends.

Daughter of the Night Rating

Daughter of the Night raises the stakes, propelling us into an explosive final stretch. Lanfear’s dramatic reveal was breathtaking, and Moiraine’s sudden arrival was even more astonishing. I’m also hooked on the Damodred family saga, so I’ve scored the episode a wholesome 8 out of 10.

A golden-eyed wolf on a black background. White typography reads "8/10," which is The Shining Walls' rating for The Wheel of Time Season 2 Episode 4, Daughter of the Night.

Thankfully, Perrin and Mat’s stories finally gain momentum. With all our characters on the move and destinations like Cairhien and Falme in sight, the journey feels more exciting and purposeful.

The performances are phenomenal. Lindsay Duncan is a masterclass as Anvaere, while Rosamund Pike expertly portrays Moiraine’s complex mix of careful strategy and concealed doubt. Josha Stradowski embodies Rand’s inner conflict, Álvaro Morte is chillingly good, and the entire cast deserves praise (except the Young Warder, sorry).

Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski) holds a long shovel with both hands. His sleeves are rolled up, and he is dirty from cleaning up ashes and debris.
Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski)

My main criticism is the pacing. While offering fascinating character moments, the Lan-centric scenes slow things down too much. Scenes like Liandrin and Nynaeve in the Arches chamber are perfect examples of how well these quiet moments can work.

Overall, Season 2’s slow build is paying off. The villains are deliciously wicked – Liandrin, Ishamael, Lanfear, the Seanchan – and the impending doom is palpable. It’s compelling viewing.

However, we should be further along in the story by now. The show introduced a six-month time jump between seasons 1 and 2, but only Moiraine seems to be doing anything for those walking in the Light. It’s time for Lan and the others to stop moping and take decisive action. The Last Battle is coming!

Best Actor

Rosamund Pike as Moiraine Damodred

Moiraine Damodred (Rosamund Pike) drinks tea and wears an elaborate blue dress and an embroidered white shirt.
Moiraine Damodred (Rosamund Pike)

No one conveys complexity better than Rosamund Pike, who has found her version of Moiraine Damodred and led with it from the start. Moiraine is ruthless now, with a mission that supersedes any personal turmoil. She knows the danger is substantial, and action must be her priority over contemplation.

Rosamund Pike has embodied this shifting mindset in riveting and unpredictable ways. Take her reaction to Anvaere’s skillful (and brutal) dissemination of her character in this episode. It is a clever contrast to Moiraine’s sly victory over Bayle Domon in A Taste of Solitude. Superb acting and consistent brilliance in various shades of blue!

Rosamund Pike’s Moiraine is an unwavering Aes Sedai whose subtle signs of vulnerability are filtered for the audience. Her portrayal perfectly balances Moiraine’s pride with her cunning, and she has abundant energy on screen. If you begin to slouch, Rosamund Pike will sit you upright and is the worthy winner of my Best Actor award for Daughter of the Night.

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