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A Brilliant The Wheel of Time Season 2 Episode 6 Recap & Review

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Prepare to be captivated! The Wheel of Time Season 2, Episode 6, Eyes Without Pity, is a masterpiece that takes the series to new heights. I am moved, amazed, and utterly captivated watching the show finally bare its dramatic teeth. It scratched every itch a fan could have and left me wanting more, so expect positive vibes from this thorough recap and review!

Min Farshaw (Kae Alexander) sits upright in bed with a worried expression.
Min Farshaw (Kae Alexander)
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The Wheel of Time Season 2 Episode 6

Spoilers ahead for The Wheel of Time Season 2, Episode 6! Desperation drives Rand into a dangerous alliance, while Egwene’s resilience shines despite intense adversity. The episode is packed with unforgettable moments, but these are the Season 2 scenes our cast loved the most:

Eyes Without Pity Cold Open

A clay pitcher sits in the center of a desolate cell. The door opens, and Renna (Xelia Mendes-Jones) drags a struggling Egwene al’Vere (Madeleine Madden) inside. Fighting the collar forced on her in the previous episode, Egwene lunges at her captor, but a wave of agony forces her back. Renna coldly explains that any pain inflicted on a sul’dam is doubled for their damane.

Egwene al'Vere (Madeleine Madden) is crouched and scowling in her cell. A clay pitcher stands in the center of the room.
Egwene al’Vere (Madeleine Madden)

With a cheerful smile, Renna introduces herself and asks Egwene’s name. Egwene remains defiant, refusing to give up even this tiny shred of dignity.

Undeterred, Renna claims to be a different kind of sul’dam. She values friendship with her damane. But until Egwene reveals her name, the pain will continue. Tendrils of Power surge, and Egwene screams, finally succumbing. “Egwene,” she says at last.

Renna grants her the small mercy of keeping the moniker, calling the cell Egwene’s new home. She urges her to rest before training begins, leaving her bracelet and leash tantalizingly close. But when Egwene reaches for them, a shockwave throws her back.

My Opinion

Xelia Mendes-Jones and Madeleine Madden electrify with their new, twisted relationship. The tension is palpable, their performances raw and captivating. It’s edge-of-the-seat television that, by the end of the episode, will have slid you to the carpet, probably in tears.

Egwene kneels in the foreground of a cell while Renna (Xelia Mendes-Jones) watches over her.
Renna (Xelia Mendes-Jones) instructs Egwene al’Vere (Madeleine Madden).

Renna’s awkward entrance, struggling with a defiant Egwene, initially makes me chuckle. It’s a fleeting moment of fun because the scene quickly becomes a gut-wrenching display of power imbalance. Egwene refuses to yield her spirit, but every act of resistance only brings more pain. The damane suffer twofold; any rebellion made futile by an agonizing bond designed to break them.

This scene pulls viewers in as if we are collared by watching and is the best cold open of the season. It’s an incredible, compelling drama superbly delivered by two astonishing actors!

Eyes Without Pity Recap and Review

Although I thoroughly recap each installment, you must watch the episodes for a wholesome experience. It is absorbing television that’s well worth your time.

In Tel’aran’rhiod, Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski) finds himself bound to a wheel, reminiscent of the Breaking Wheel torture devices used in the Middle Ages. Lanfear (Natasha O’Keeffe), enthroned and resplendent, wants to know if Rand will scream and beg for his life or try to seduce her. The cadence of her voice and stroking of her fingers suggest she wants the latter.

Rand follows Moiraine’s plan, feigning betrayal and vulnerability. Baffled by his mistrust, Lanfear frees him, claiming she has shielded him from Ishamael’s influence for months. Rand doesn’t believe her.

Lanfear chastises Rand for pushing away loved ones, just like Lews Therin, insisting it makes them easier targets for Ishamael. Rand is firm that none of them would turn to the Dark, but Lanfear thought that about herself once. She plants doubt about Moiraine’s motives, claiming Logain’s presence in Cairhien was a ploy to lure Rand back into her control.

It is unclear whether Rand believes her, but he demands that she earn his trust by revealing Ishamael’s plans. Lanfear agrees but on one condition…

Another Separation

Rand bolts awake, telling Moiraine Damodred (Rosamund Pike) that he must leave. Lanfear’s condition is for Rand to abandon Moiraine. If they’re seen together again, Moiraine dies.

Before departing, Rand confronts Moiraine about Logain. She admits bringing the False Dragon to Cairhien to teach him how to control the One Power. Rand, swayed by Lanfear’s words, remains unconvinced.

It’s a bitter irony: Moiraine, the most driven character in the series, is continually thwarted. Sleepless, separated from her Warder, and with her magic gone, she sacrifices everything for the Dragon, yet he still leaves her!

I used a wrestling reference in my Strangers and Friends review to describe Moiraine’s apparent heel turn. And, as the episodes continue, I fear Moiraine’s character has been diminished by bad booking. A hot tag is needed, which will surely come if and when her magic is restored.

The Streets of Cairhien

Mat Cauthon (Dónal Finn) and Min Farshaw (Kae Alexander) are in Cairhien’s Foregate, its evening festival in full swing. Fire jugglers and Trolloc puppeteers entertain, and Mat revels in the atmosphere, though Min remains on edge.

She’s followed Ishamael’s orders from Daughter of the Night, and any danger Mat faces in Cairhien is on her shoulders. Leaving would ease her guilt, but Mat vanishes into the festivities with a grin and a thirst. Min is left alone.

Ryma Sedai

In their new quarters, a restless Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins) paces about under the pretense of investigation while Elayne Trakand (Ceara Coveney) tries to calm her. Their bickering escalates, Elayne accusing Nynaeve of being all friends and graces with Liandrin in the White Tower. Nynaeve, already burdened by her mistakes, fires back, desperate to understand their current predicament.

Ryma (Nyokabi Gethaiga) and her Warder, Basan (Bentley Kalu), bring them herbal tea. Ryma deduces Nynaeve’s knowledge of herbs from her Wisdom’s belt, and Nynaeve confirms the tea’s purpose. It is a calming blend of elderberries and astragali.

Ryma hopes for an honest conversation about why the girls fled the Tower since she recognizes them as a Novice and an Accepted. Her stretch for trust is fragile, though. Nynaeve asserts that sisterly bonds mean nothing if Ryma is like Liandrin – a Darkfriend. Ryma is mortified to learn of Liandrin’s betrayal. It means the Black Ajah is real, and all Aes Sedai are in danger.

This scene is strangely captivating. Its exchanges and subtle blocking are masterfully executed, and the background noises from the city add a layer of realism.

The Death of a Father

In Tar Valon, Liandrin Guirale (Kate Fleetwood) tends to her ailing son, Aludran (Vladimír Javorský). Disturbed, she unleashes a fireball at an unexpected visitor: Lanfear, who effortlessly catches it, threatens to feed Liandrin to her son if she tries the weave again.

Lanfear has been watching Liandrin’s dreams, revealing her “interesting fixations.” She questions why Liandrin, who hates men, works for Ishamael. However, she already knows Liandrin swore her oaths to the Dark to keep her son alive.

Lanfear knows a life of suffering isn’t truly life. She cruelly uses the Power to suffocate Aludran while Liandrin watches helplessly. She claims this is a “gift,” severing Liandrin’s last tie to her innocent past. Broken, Liandrin turns away.

Lanfear reminds her that her oath is to the Dark One, not Ishamael. The pledges cannot be forsworn, “but there are many paths to walk through the night.” She then tasks Liandrin with a secret mission.

This scene is mesmerizing, thanks to the fiery chemistry between Kate Fleetwood and Natasha O’Keeffe. It evokes similar book moments where the Forsaken manipulate and terrorize the Black Ajah, leaving the otherwise powerful women whimpering in servitude.

Treesinging Da’covale

Loial (Hammed Animashaun) and Ingtar Shinowa (Gregg Chilingirian) serve Lady Suroth (Karima McAdams), who brags about her abundance of damane and her Ogier da’covale (“person who is owned”). She demands Loial treesing for her guests to display his unique abilities as a “Gardener.”

Loial complies, his song bringing life to a potted tree. The Seanchan watch in awe, and it pleases Suroth that her servant has impressed the guests. She flippantly suggests gifting him to Turak, demonstrating a callous disregard for sentient beings.

Loial (Hammed Animashaun) stands in a room of Seanchan nobility, Treesinging to grow a potted tree in the foreground.
Loial (Hammed Animashaun)

Afterward, Loial and Ingtar discuss the Horn of Valere, held unguarded in Turak’s “room of curiosities.” But Loial’s priority is Egwene, confined to the heavily guarded “kennels.” He trusts her inner strength to endure.

I’m glad the Horn of Valere’s importance has been remembered, though Ingtar seems to be the only one actively seeking it. The treesinging is a beautiful addition to a scene planted to remind us of the artifact and how ghastly Suroth is in her pomp.

The Leashed One

Egwene stares at the water pitcher while doors creak menacingly outside and the lock to her prison turns. She grabs the pitcher and attacks Renna as she enters. Renna screams in pain and Egwene pummels her on the floor. The sul’dam bleeds horribly, but Egwene’s fantasy ends abruptly.

Egwene tries to repeat the attack when the door opens, but her attempt to strike fails. The collar violently twists her arm, and Renna calmly delivers a lesson: a damane cannot touch any object she believes to be a weapon.

We learn the controlling device is called an a’dam, and the collar will never be removed. Renna understands it must be difficult for Egwene to understand she isn’t a person anymore, just a damane. She orders her dog to pour water for her, but Egwene’s defiant thoughts about the pitcher only bring more pain. Renna vows to continue this torment until Egwene’s will is broken.

Despite the brutality, Renna praises Egwene’s strength and spirit. She senses the girl’s immense power and knows she’ll be challenging to subdue. With a disturbingly fond look, she leaves her damane to suffer.

Egwene, battered but unbroken, focuses on a barred window high above. She climbs, revealing a single tree in the courtyard. A retreating shot shows the grim reality: her cell is subterranean, the window level with the ground. These really are kennels.

An Accidental Darkfriend

Ishamael (Fares Fares) invades Min’s dreams, claiming her gift could have made her a prophet and unimaginably wealthy. Min demands her release from this torment, having fulfilled her part by bringing Mat to Cairhien, but Ishamael wants more before lifting the curse of her visions. He demands she ensure Mat leaves the city with Rand al’Thor. Min, horrified, realizes he knows about her dark vision of Mat stabbing Rand.

Ishamael promises to lift Min’s curse if she completes this final task. He smiles wickedly and vanishes when Min asks what he’ll do if she refuses.

An Accusation

Lan Mandragoran (Daniel Henney) rides with Alanna Mosvani (Priyanka Bose) and her Warders, Maksim (Taylor Napier) and Ihvon (Emmanuel Imani). He’s unsettled as they pause near a circle of statues representing the Forsaken. Lan mentions needing the Amyrlin Seat’s permission to return to the White Tower, as his bond with Moiraine is still recorded there. We learn Siuan Sanche has been on a diplomatic visit to Caemlyn.

Lan’s questions about the Forsaken spark suspicion. On powers now lost to the Aes Sedai, Ihvon believes the Aes Sedai wouldn’t consider using the evil weaves employed by the Dark One’s servants. Alanna’s cryptic comment that an Aes Sedai’s actions depend on circumstances adds to the cynical vibes. Fueled by unease, Lan decides to leave under darkness, but Maksim and Ihvon confront him, demanding his destination.

At night, Alanna's Warders confront Lan Mandragoran (Daniel Henney).
Alanna’s Warders confront Lan Mandragoran (Daniel Henney).

Lan’s silence fuels their fear, and Ihvon accuses him of serving Lanfear, citing the ““blood feeds blood”” prophecy. Lan says what anyone watching is thinking. He has been fighting the Dark One since he was an infant. You’ll remember from Season 1, Episode 7, that Lan is the lost king of Malkier, which was swallowed by the Blight. It is ludicrous to think that Alanna’s group has even the faintest suspicion he may be a Darkfriend.

Just as tensions escalate, Alanna binds Lan with the Power. She misinterprets his words, believing he wants to harm the Amyrlin Seat. Desperate, Lan reveals the truth: they found the Dragon Reborn. Shock ripples through the group.

This plot stretches credibility. It’s as if scenes building up to the mistrust were cut, leaving the confrontation unearned. Sadly, I must accept the goofy misstep to enjoy the rest of the series.

Tel’aran’rhiod

In the dream world, Rand awakens bloody-handed, surrounded by his slain friends. According to the audio commentary, a quick visual flash shows the Dark One’s eyes and a distorted voice whispers, “You will kill.”

Ishamael appears, warning this reflects Rand’s current path. However, Lanfear intervenes before he can sow more doubt, banishing him with the nickname “Ishy.”

The use of this nickname is a treat for book fans, but it also hints that Lanfear is orchestrating the dream and manipulating Rand. She assures him she protects him from Ishamael and the dangers of Tel’aran’rhiod, but perhaps this wasn’t the real Father of Lies, just a trap to earn Rand’s trust.

Lanfear explains that you can travel in Tel’aran’rhiod and see the world as it really is, talking to anyone you want as if they were awake. Rand accepts her offer to visit a dream as he wants to see Egwene.

The dream shifts to Egwene’s cell, and Rand finds her collared and imprisoned. She’s bewildered to see him, believing Rand dead, but Lanfear pulls Rand away before they can touch each other.

Rand demands answers about Egwene’s whereabouts. Lanfear, weathering Rand’s desperation with an icy smile, reveals Ishamael holds her captive. Rand promises Lanfear he’ll do anything if she helps him. She smiles for real, all her plans falling nicely into place.

A Woman’s Voice

Egwene awakens to the sound of distant screams. Her cry for Rand echoes unanswered in the cell. Fear gnaws at her as she paces, desperate for sanity.

Then, a discovery: a low window reveals a neighboring cell. Egwene calls out, hearing only a woman’s murmuring voice: “Whatever hurt the sul’dam feels, the damane feels twice over… A damane cannot touch anything she believes to be a weapon.”

Egwene clings to this human connection, demanding her neighbor’s name. But the woman’s only response is to repeat the same chilling lessons.

An A’dam

In Falme, Miri (Valerie Vachkova), the childlike damane we saw selecting sul’dam candidates in What Might Be, patrols the streets, hunting for Nynaeve and Elayne. They are still holed up in their temporary refuge with Ryma.

The Yellow Sister offers Elayne and Nynaeve passage back to the White Tower, but they refuse to leave without Egwene. Sure of the girls’ intent, Ryma unwraps a precious package – the collar and cuff of an a’dam. Understanding how to use these tools is their only hope for rescuing Egwene. Nynaeve and Elayne exchange a look. It is a critical but frightening undertaking.

Sisters in Conflict

Moiraine, exhausted, tries to write a letter, struggling to explain her loss of the One Power. She writes “stilled,” and it shocks me. Until now, I believed Moiraine was merely shielded from the One Power. Stilling is the female equivalent of gentling and cannot be undone. To my relief, Moiraine crumples the paper, perhaps rejecting the plot change herself.

Barthanes (Will Tudor) enters with sandwiches, his well-meaning chat about her favorite kind only irritating Moiraine further. Anvaere (Lindsay Duncan), lurking outside, is displeased by his report of Moiraine’s cold demeanor.

Barging in, Anvaere berates her sister. Barthanes idolizes Moiraine, just as she and their father once did. Yet, when their father lay dying, Moiraine never returned. Anvaere demands to know what was so important to keep her away.

Moiraine, unable to answer, is told to leave Cairhien by tomorrow. Despite momentary tears, she stands firm, reminding Anvaere that the manor is rightfully hers.

Moiraine Damodred (Rosamund Pike) stands in a study room, her face pale from lack of sleep.
Moiraine Damodred (Rosamund Pike)

Lack of sleep has only worsened Moiraine’s people skills. Anvaere says she’s just like their mother and storms out. Moiraine starts another letter addressed to Siuan Sanche, setting up the Amyrlin Seat’s imminent arrival.

Siuan Sanche

In a carriage, Siuan Sanche (Sophie Okonedo) seals a letter with the Flame of Tar Valon – a clever transition from Moiraine’s scene. It reminds us she is the Amyrlin Seat, the Aes Sedai’s leader.

Siuan’s poise as her cart suddenly pulls up proves her suitability for the position. She creates a halo of daggers with the One Power, alert to the danger, but dismisses her guards when Lan emerges as the disturbance. Her concern returns when he mentions Moiraine, though.

It’s a hurrah moment for viewers! Lan is proactive at last by approaching Siuan, and his actions are sure to shake things up and spur action. Sophie Okonedo’s return is also welcome. Her commanding presence delighted me in Season 1’s The Flame of Tar Valon.

A Test of Power

Rand visits Logain Ablar (Álvaro Morte), who fiddles with a black playing piece from a stones board – a game from the books (and now show) that resembles Go. Rand wants to learn about Logain’s battle weaves and whatever else he used against the Aes Sedai.

Logain balks, reluctant to share his secrets, but Rand shrewdly gauges his weakness: the desire for his life to have meaning after his dramatic fall from grace.

Logain instructs Rand to seize the Source and make it his own. Rand channels, the tainted glow of saidin consuming him until he’s a blinding bulb of light. Logain, awed and fearful, warns against burning out. Rand relents, vomiting from the strain.

“With that much power, you can do anything,” Logain gasps.

Finally, we witness the raw extent of Rand’s power, a blinding light that forces viewers to shield their eyes. It’s a perfect visual representation of his immense potential. With practice, no mortal force will stand against him.

A Chance Meeting in Cairhien

Rand stumbles upon Mat, who is chancing his luck in a dice game. Mat’s fours don’t land, but dejection quickly turns to shock and joy as they recognize each other. Mat mocks Rand’s awful appearance and cropped hair, but his initial excitement fades as he learns that the situation with his friends is more than complicated.

Later, in a Foregate café, Rand confesses he left their friends behind, believing it would protect them if they thought him dead. Mat’s response is raw and honest: “We’re not better off without you, Rand. I promise you that.”

The pair resolve to rescue Egwene in Falme despite knowing it plays into the Forsaken’s hands. Mat, determined to keep Rand grounded, will join him in an hour but must first break the news to Min. Knowing Min’s vision of Mat’s eventual betrayal, their shared warmth is heartbreaking.

The Price of an A’dam

Ryma explains that some damane can sense channeling, warning Nynaeve and Elayne to be cautious while examining the collar. This ability adds another layer of danger to their task.

Elayne inspects the collar using the One Power, discovering it’s a seamless ter’angreal. Nynaeve shudders, recalling her traumatic experience in the Arches.

Ryma then recounts the horrifying tale of how she acquired the a’dam. A scouting mission to Falme revealed the Seanchan’s brutal conquest and their goal of global domination. Two Aes Sedai were killed, and a Blue Sitter captured, her fate sealed as a damane. Three rings, taken from the fallen sisters, are a grim reminder of the price paid for the knowledge they now hold.

A Connection

Looking at her reflection in the water pitcher, Egwene grips her collar, and a wave of agony radiates through her as Renna enters. The sul’dam reminds her that touching the collar will bring unbearable pain.

Renna boasts about the a’dam being created by an Aes Sedai, squashing Egwene’s notion that they are not slavers. The Aes Sedai curb the Power of their Novices and waste their lives on parlor tricks. The Seanchan, on the other hand, aim to “unleash” a damane’s full potential (Renna’s pun, not mine). They are no more than weapons, though.

Renna’s voice is strangely proud as she recognizes Egwene’s strength. She leads her to the window and instructs Egwene to burn the courtyard tree. The One Power flows, connecting them as Egwene weaves a fiery inferno. Renna, exhilarated, asks if Egwene feels their affinity, but her damane’s anger remains.

When Renna offers water, eagerly expecting obedience, Egwene’s attempt to grasp the pitcher is met with agonizing pain. Renna, devastated by this rejection, resorts to violence, kicking Egwene brutally before storming out, her pride wounded.

What Friends Do

Nynaeve urges Elayne to leave for the White Tower if they haven’t found Egwene before the ship sails. Elayne refuses, insisting they all warn the Amyrlin about the Black Ajah. Nynaeve argues Elayne has royal duties, questioning her sacrifice for someone she barely knows.

“She’s my friend,” Elayne replies simply. “I’ve never had one of those before.”

Ceara Coveney’s delivery is sincere. Her words disarm Nynaeve, thawing the ice between them.

Betrayal

Min drowns her sorrows at her lodgings. Mat, oblivious, enters with joyful news, but his grin fades as Min’s terror seeps through her forced cheer.

“You can’t go,” she pleads. “You kill him. You kill Rand.”

The truth crashes down on Mat. He grasps the depth of Min’s manipulation and the betrayal of their friendship. He lashes out, questioning her connection to Rand. Min’s apologies fall on deaf ears. She insists she warned him out of friendship, but it’s too late. Mat, utterly betrayed, leaves her to her guilt.

The Amyrlin Seat

Moiraine hands a letter to the Damodred butler, naming Anaiya Sedai as the intended recipient. Are we going to meet that Blue Sister in a future season? Afterward, she awkwardly apologizes to Barthanes, complimenting his sandwiches and acknowledging his potential as a king. The moment is cut short by Anvaere’s shocking announcement: the Amyrlin Seat has arrived, demanding Moiraine’s presence.

Siuan Sanche arrives in Cairhien with a formidable retinue of 14 Aes Sedai, including Liandrin, Alanna, Verin (Meera Syal), Yassica (Katie Leung), and Leane Sharif (Jennifer Cheon Garcia).

Siuan Sanche (Sophie Okonedo) walks in a stone courtyard. Attendants hold her golden robe from the ground.
Siuan Sanche (Sophie Okonedo)

Meanwhile, Rand waits for Mat at the city gates. Overcome by shame, Mat watches his friend realize he isn’t coming. A painful but necessary choice.

Rand’s journey is cut short. Lan, Alanna, and her Warders confront him, Lan apologizing as he says, “I can’t let you leave.”

This sequence builds the suspense for Episode 7, converging characters and conflicts in Cairhien. A penultimate showdown seems imminent before the season’s epic climax in Falme.

Without Pity

In her cell, Egwene’s face is marred by dried blood, and the pitcher remains unmoved. Elsewhere, Ryma and Nynaeve work on the a’dam. Nynaeve overcomes her block to channel a surge of the One Power, stunning everyone. She realizes the a’dam needs to be worn by a woman to be “healed,” but it can’t be broken.

Basan knocks on the door to alert them that the damane sensed the channeling. Ryma bravely decides to sacrifice herself. She entrusts Nynaeve with the Aes Sedai rings, including hers, urging her to rescue their sisters.

Renna tests Egwene with the pitcher again, cruelly repeating her demand: “Pour the water.”

Miri leads her sul’dam to the shop as Seanchan soldiers arrive. Ryma exits the building to meet them all calmly, and Miri points in her direction.

The small, blond damane with a metal gag, Miri (Valerie Vachkova), points a finger forward. Her sul'dam and Seanchan soldiers follow.
Miri (Valerie Vachkova) gives her sul’dam directions.

“Pour the water!” Egwene’s collar vibrates, and she falls to the floor.

Ryma and Basan fight valiantly, but they’re outnumbered. Nynaeve and Elayne watch in horror from the shop window. Renna lifts Egwene by the collar, hanging her from a wall hook. Egwene struggles, unable to breathe.

“Nothing exists outside this cell for you, Egwene. Nothing except this pitcher and my empty cup.”

Ryma, wounded, urges Basan to kill her before she’s captured, but he’s killed before he can. She feels the loss and howls in horror, using the One Power to contort a nearby sul’dam so her bones twist and crack.

As Renna’s words echo for Egwene, Ryma crushes the sul’dam with her weave. Egwene goes limp, and Renna pulls her down before she can die. Ryma weeps over Basan’s body, and a damane collars her. Tearfully, Nynaeve and Elayne grip hands at the window.

Elayne Trakand (Ceara Coveney) and Nynaeve al'Meara (Zoë Robins) hold hands as they look out the attic window.
Elayne Trakand (Ceara Coveney) and Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins) hold hands at the attic window.

Egwene crawls forward, lifts the pitcher, and pours water into Renna’s cup. It is done.

When Renna is gone, Egwene guzzles water from the pitcher. She sobs uncontrollably while, in a neighboring cell, a collared Maigan Sedai (last seen bathing with Moiraine in Season 1) sits listening.

“Don’t cry,” Maigan says, an empty vessel herself. “You lasted longer than I did, child.”

Egwene’s final look is one of pure, unyielding fury.

Eyes Without Pity Rating

The final montage caps a fantastic episode filled with gripping drama and terrifying stakes. Eyes Without Pity is a triumph, earning a 9.5 out of 10 for its captivating performances, impeccable pacing, and unflinchingly dark themes.

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“EYES WITHOUT PITY” RATING

Madeleine Madden and Xelia Mendes-Jones deliver electrifying performances, but the entire cast shines. Dónal Finn brings a new depth to Mat, while Ceara Coveney and Zoë Robins beautifully portray the growing bond between Elayne and Nynaeve. Nyokabi Gethaiga and Bentley Kalu’s portrayal of a devoted Aes Sedai and Warder is a heartbreaking counterpoint to Egwene’s ordeal.

Natasha O’Keeffe’s Lanfear is mesmerizing. Her manipulative seduction of Rand has evolved since the season’s start, establishing her as a toxic villain. The chemistry between her and Josha Stradowski, as well as Kate Fleetwood, is thrilling.

Lorne Balfe’s score is a character in itself, enhancing the emotional beats with haunting melodies and powerful crescendos. Maja Vrvilo’s direction is equally impressive, with visually stunning shots and meticulous blocking that emphasize each scene’s thematic weight.

The episode’s focus is razor-sharp, wasting no time in building towards its explosive conclusion. This is a masterclass in television storytelling. Sublime!

Best Actor

Madeleine Madden as Egwene al’Vere

Egwene al'Vere (Madeleine Madden) has a golden collar around her next, which extends over her chest. Her face is bloody.
Egwene al’Vere (Madeleine Madden)

It’s easy to assume dramatic scenes are a gift to actors. Scream, cry, emote – and boom, you’re celebrated. However, the quiet devastation of Egwene’s ordeal in Eyes Without Pity is far more challenging to portray. Both Madeleine Madden and Xelia Mendes-Jones deserve immense praise for their performances.

Xelia Mendes-Jones makes Renna almost sympathetic, her twisted beliefs blurring the line between captor and confidante. Yet, it’s Madeleine Madden who truly shines. She captures the nuanced agony of Egwene’s enslavement, the pain, the loss of control, and the gradual erosion of hope. The performance reaches through the screen, gripping viewers by the throat and forcing them to share her suffering.

This is a raw, powerful performance in the darkest storyline the show has dared to explore. Madeleine Madden deserves every accolade, but more importantly, she’s cemented Egwene’s place in viewers’ hearts. Bloody marvelous indeed!

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