Original release date: September 29, 2023
Mat is abducted from Cairhien by Lanfear and brought to Ishamael in Falme, where he drinks a tea that supposedly shows him who he really is. Nynaeve and Elayne manages to use the a’dam to take a sul’dam captive after learning from Loial that only sul’dams can approach the kennels where Egwene is held. Perrin and Aviendha meet up with two other Aiel warriors, Bain and Chiad, who join them in their journey to Falme. In Cairhien, Rand is brought to Siuan Sanche, who takes him captive, intending to use him as a weapon against the Dark One. Barthanes is revealed to be a Darkfriend, and tasked by Liandrin with killing Moiraine, but Anvaere uncovers the plot and locks him in a cell. Lan learns from Logain that Ishamael didn’t still Moiraine, but shielded her. Rand persuades Lanfear to help him get to Falme, and she assaults the Foregate to distact Siuan, allowing Moiraine and Lan to escape with Rand, who uses the One Power to cut the shield around Moiraine, allowing her to channel again. Siuan finds them as they are about to leave Cairhien through a Waygate, but she is ambushed by Lanfear, who easily defeats her and opens the gate, allowing Rand, Moiraine and Lan to leave for Falme.
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I, Moiraine Sedai, do swear to honor and obey Siuan Sanche.
[Verin] When a woman is cut off from the One Power, her body no longer feels like her own.
I haven’t given you any reason to trust me.
Let me give you the gift of a dream.
[Rand] Egwene? Where is she?
[Lanfear] Ishamael has her.
[Renna] Nothing exists outside this cell for you, Egwene.
[Ryma] If you want to rescue your friend, we have to work out how to open this.
It needs to be put on a woman.
It can’t be broken.
[Aviendha] My name is Aviendha.
We need to go now.
Perrin Aybara, do you like to dance?
Ji’e’toh is the Aiel Way.
You saved my life, so where will we go now?
Ishamael, he has Egwene in Falme.
So we go.
Mat, you kill Rand. I saw it.
[Lan] I’m sorry, I can’t let you leave.
[Anvaere] The Amyrlin Seat is here in Cairhien.
She’s demanded an audience with you.
[Siuan] Do you really think they’ll like me?
[Moiraine] I’m more worried about you liking them.
My father’s brilliant and kind.
But he’s absent-minded and he’s a bit vague.
And my sister, too, she can be really…
We don’t have to go to Cairhien if you don’t want to.
It’s just that I haven’t seen them since before the war, and now that it’s over…
No, no, no, no.
It’s not that, it’s not that.
What is it, then?
It’s just… It’s just… with the war, it’s been so hard to think about any future beyond these walls.
And when I think about us, where we’ll end up, it’s not in this Tower, with these gowns and the ring.
Well, where is it, then?
It’s… in a bamboo hut on the river, like my father and I had.
And I’ll be your fishwife?
Uh, you’d make a bloody awful fishwife.
Have you ever cast a net, Lady Damodred?
I might have.
But we’re not gonna be here forever.
We’re gonna serve out our time and then advise the Daughter-Heir of Andor or the king of Altara and then we’ll… and then we’ll retire.
Do you mean that?
But you’ll be my fishwife.
[Moiraine] Gitara Sedai, we bring news from the Amyrlin.
The war is over.
The Aiel are retreating.
What is it? What’s happening?
Are you seeing something?
The Dragon is born again.
I feel it. [groans]
[Gitara] It’s happening now.
The baby lies in the snow.
And cries like the thunder.
It burns like the sun.
Tell no one, my sisters.
You must find the Dragon Reborn.
And prepare the world to follow…
Leave us, Daughter.
She’s no threat to me.
I’ll be right outside, Mother.
[Siuan] Why didn’t you tell me?
Why didn’t you tell me you’d been stilled?
Six months of letters, Moiraine.
And not one word about this… this violation.
Well, what else did Lan tell you?
That you threatened to let Alanna take his bond without his permission.
You know he told her.
That you found the Dragon.
Why are you here, Siuan?
I’ve let you carry this burden for 20 years, love.
You’ve given everything for it.
From here on out, I row beside you.
It’s time I met Rand al’Thor.
Tuck in your shirt.
What does the Amyrlin Seat want from me?
Is this a trial?
I saw what she did to the last man who called himself Dragon.
Is that why you ran from the Eye of the World?
Why you hid here?
I left to protect the people I love.
Don’t be so selfish.
You were born to protect this world.
Every person in it.
Not just the ones you love.
Listen to me.
The Amyrlin’s a smart woman.
She’s a good woman.
And she comes from humbler beginnings than you.
Does Moiraine know you’re doing this?
There’s one rule above all others for being a man.
Whatever comes, you face it on your feet.
Put this on. Give me your blade.
Heron Dips the Wing.
You’ve been learning sword forms.
I’ve learned a couple of things.
Keep the sword.
If the Amyrlin’s afraid of you, it won’t be for a sword.
If you’re going to use one of the forms, use Cat Crosses the Courtyard, keep your back straight, every muscle loose.
As if hung from a wire at the top of your head.
The Amyrlin waits.
As you’ve summoned me, Mother, so I’ve come.
I stand ready.
Do you now, boy?
Lan has prepared you, I see.
What else did he tell you?
That you aren’t exactly what you seem.
Most people are not.
In this world, it is wise to guard your truths, but not us.
I have questions for you.
And then what?
[Lanfear] Welcome to Falme.
Who are you? What…
How did I get here?
That’s my little secret.
I’m sorry, who in the name of Light are you?
I won’t lie, I expected you to be more… impressive.
Still, I love to be owed a favor.
Is this a dream?
Oh, no, you’re very much awake.
The way these Falmen behave, you’d think they’ve been Seanchan all their lives, not that their city was taken just a few months back.
Why didn’t they fight back?
[soldier] Move out!
[soldier 2] Come on!
[Nynaeve] Against that? Come on.
Those soldiers will be heading to the palace.
We’ll go straight there, find Egwene.
We tried your way.
You said there was an Ogier traveling with your friend Perrin, correct?
This time you listen to me and do exactly as I say.
[Mulaen] Being awarded a damane is both a recognition of your contributions
and an investment in your future within our empire.
You should all be very proud.
Few women are capable of wearing the bracelet.
Fewer still of creating a true link with their damane.
Have any of you experienced defiance from your damane?
It is common.
Today, you will test your damane’s strength.
Understand the raw power available to her so you can work out how to use it.
[Renna] We will work together.
But if you embarrass me today, you will regret it.
[Yasicca] Ah, Verin.
Cairhien’s Royal Library is just gorgeous.
You can’t imagine the array of books they have.
Go on, then. What’s the big secret?
Why do you need an Ogier map of the city?
I don’t trust Verin Sedai, even if Lan does.
I’ll follow Tomas.
No. We have our task.
There’s three of us.
I don’t want us separated if there’s a Forsaken in the city.
[Maksim] Two to one.
I’m more concerned about Liandrin.
Where’d she go?
[butler] Just, uh, c-come in here.
Aes Sedai, it is my honor to welcome you to House Damodred.
I don’t know what you think you’ll gain from this.
Hopefully, everything we’ve lost.
Leave. I have nothing to say to you.
I have a question for you.
And I hope someday you’ll forgive me for asking it.
After you were stilled by Ishamael, has there been a time… in all these months when you thought about ending it?
I read the Tower records.
There have only been two women in history who were cut off who didn’t.
Most did it within the year.
No, I didn’t.
Not for one second.
Because I know that protecting Rand, guiding him, that is the only thing that matters.
More than me, more than you. More than anything.
That’s what I thought.
And this whole thing you’re doing with Siuan, it puts all of it… the Last Battle, the fate of the world… in jeopardy.
What isn’t she telling me?
You have to trust someone at some point, Moiraine.
You can’t do this by yourself.
And if it’s not going to be me…
…then I thought it might at least be her.
[Siuan] You say you’ve been careful.
How many times have you channeled?
[Rand] Not many.
You will continue to channel, as sure as roe makes fish.
You can’t help it.
And if you don’t learn to control it, you won’t live long enough to go mad.
What kind of a choice is that?
Dying or going mad and killing everyone I love?
What if I’m tired of being a spoke in the Wheel?
You’re not a spoke, boy. [scoffs]
You are the water that turns the Wheel itself or dashes it to pieces.
Do you know what Tower law says the Amyrlin must do if she finds the Dragon Reborn?
Gentle him? No.
How do you fight the Dark One without the One Power?
Some of my Red daughters would want that, I suppose, but… we are meant to cage you.
Keep you shielded, channeling only when we want, what we want.
And when we go to fight the Last Battle, you will be the greatest weapon in our arsenal.
But not our general.
This is not a conversation.
You already made your decision.
You made it before you ever met me.
I won’t live in your cage.
Six months you’ve known what you are, and… you’ve learned nothing.
Huh? She taught you nothing.
A single Aes Sedai can handle you like baitfish.
We would’ve been so much better off if you were a girl.
[Mulaen] Good. Quite strong.
The wave almost reached us.
Renna, what have you named your damane?
I let her keep her name. Egwene.
Let’s see what this Egwene can do.
You saw her Light, didn’t you?
You will be brighter than her.
You will be bright enough that every sul’dam in Falme will see you shine… and know that you are mine.
This weave is simple.
An explosion of air.
But it shows us the limits of your power.
I don’t need anything from you for this.
This is very good.
Look at his nose.
[child] His hair.
[grunts] Wisdom al’Maera?
It is you. How did you…
Where’s Perrin? Is he all right?
Escaped, thank the Light.
Daughter-Heir of Andor.
[Nynaeve] Get up.
Don’t encourage her.
I am Loial, son of Arent, son of Halan.
Your name sings in his ears.
Now get up. We don’t have much time.
Have you seen Egwene, builder?
It is monstrous.
They are holding her like an animal in a place called the kennels.
Where is it?
The old prison, outside the palace.
We need to get there, now.
There is no way in. Only the sul’dam are allowed within a hundred feet of it.
The Deathwatch stop anyone who is not a sul’dam.
[guard] Check there!
[Elayne] Thank you, builder.
Go now before anyone sees us talking.
We’ll get you out, too.
I swear it.
So, we have everything we need.
[Mat] So, you’re just gonna walk in here and not say anything and just whittle?
All right, fine.
Do you ever have trouble sleeping?
I lie there thinking about all the people in the world, all of them hurting.
Whole universes collapsing from a shouted word.
The stab of a dagger.
So much pain.
Is this a sex thing or a murder thing?
‘Cause either way, I’d prefer you’d skip the talking.
I have a gift for you.
Humanity’s forgotten so much since my time, but not all of it was technology.
This tea shows you things.
Lets you glimpse your past lives.
All the people you used to be.
A thousand yous.
And through all of that, the real one.
15 minutes, then pour a cup for yourself.
And what makes you think I’ll take anything that you give me?
I think you’ve always wanted to know who you really are, Mat.
This will show you.
The first time I took this was the first time I ever slept through the night.
15 minutes, no more.
There’s someone in the sand.
You see well for a wetlander.
Most of you don’t notice what’s right beneath your feet.
Take me to Jolien.
Her wounds were too deep.
An infection took hold.
This spot felt more like home.
Life is a dream from which we all must wake before we can dream again.
[Hopper growls softly]
What are you doing?
[Hopper continues barking]
What a load of shit.
Damn prick like him.
[echoes] Like him!
[Natti] You’ve always been rotten.
[Natti] Like him.
Just like her. So like him.
Stop! Stop. Stop. Stop.
Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop!
Stop. Stop. Stop.
Just like him.
[Siuan] Let them through.
Release him, Siuan.
We tried our way, Moiraine.
And we nearly lost everything.
The Tower’s laws have stood for 3,000 years.
It’s time we obeyed them.
This is not what we agreed to.
The Reds will gentle him.
Not while I hold the Seat.
[Moiraine] The Tower is filled with your enemies.
You’re this sure of your power?
We each had a task, Siuan.
I was to find the Dragon Reborn.
You were to get the Tower ready to support him.
Or have you forgotten that day?
Of course I have not forgotten.
But you were supposed to be with him, ready to shield him if he starts to go mad.
Yet here you are, stilled.
You can’t control him.
You can’t guide him.
Can you imagine, Moiraine, if one of the Forsaken got their hands on him?
He’s no more ready now than he was before you found him.
You left the fate of the world to chance… for your pride.
Tomorrow, when Queen Galldrian returns, we shall announce him as Dragon here in Cairhien… with 14 Sisters by our side to show
he is under our control.
Prepare him for what is to come.
What is happening to me?
You’ve been shielded from the One Power.
Um… it feels…
As if you’ve lost everything you ever were and everything you could possibly be.
Don’t worry, it’s temporary.
She has to channel to keep the shield in place, but when it drops, you’ll feel yourself again.
Siuan said you were leaving.
Where were you going?
Egwene is there. Ishamael has her.
Lanfear showed you this in the dream world?
I know they want me to go there.
But why Falme, of all places?
The Dragon is supposed to proclaim himself there.
“Bannered ‘cross the sky in fire.”
They want everyone to know who I am before they try to kill me.
If they need me in Falme, then they certainly don’t want me being held prisoner by the Amyrlin Seat.
If you’re waiting for Moiraine, I’m afraid…
I’m not here for Moiraine Sedai.
And I’m tired of waiting.
Leave us, Mother.
[Anvaere] We have a guest.
This is royal business.
Go upstairs, now.
[Liandrin] I remember her at that age.
You have the look of her, you know.
Why are you here, Aes Sedai?
To deliver an order.
What does our master ask of me?
Remove her from the board.
She is my aunt.
Exactly. Even she will be unprepared for this.
Do it today.
She’s being held in a cell in the palace.
Oh. And if your mother suspects anything… take care of her, too.
Just like him.
You see it now, don’t you?
We keep living these lives.
Trying again and again.
But for what?
The Wheel turns and people hurt.
It’s a simple fact.
And even with the freedom of death, we just come back, again and again.
And all I want… is just to close my eyes one day and never have to open them again.
You didn’t even make it out of the city.
[Rand] I need your help.
I’m in a cell in the Sun Palace. The Amyrlin’s holding me.
Can you get me out?
Isn’t Moiraine with you?
Surely she could do something.
Maybe she will.
Maybe I won’t need you.
Oh, I do like it when you try to manipulate me.
Can you get me out or not, Lanfear?
What did he say?
Does the Daughter of the Night walk in our world?
I miss the farm, Alanna.
I even miss your cousins.
Did you expect we would fight the Last Battle against an army of kittens?
I would offer you a match, but.. stones is a gentleman’s game.
Tell your master that I’m still waiting for her to keep her promise.
Or you can just run me through with your blade now, save her the trouble. [chuckles]
[Lan] I can do better than that.
You can see male weaves.
What do you see when you look at Moiraine?
A desperate, lonely woman who has given her life to a cause…
[chuckling]…beyond her understanding.
A half a year in an asylum, and you’re a madman still.
Madness is expecting a straight answer from the man you helped lock away.
There are weaves on her.
From a man.
Thousands of strands pulled together, held in place, but nothing being channeled into them.
How is that possible?
I don’t know, it’s just like…
[people screaming in distance]
There’s a fire.
In the Foregate.
You think I’ve forgotten what you did to Kerene and Stepin?
You will get this key when they take you back to the White Tower.
There are two Brown Sisters that are desperate to study a man who can channel.
3,000 years pass and I’m back to this.
So, you’re all just fine now?
I fulfilled my toh to Jolien and restored my ji.
[Perrin] Toh is… “obligation”?
Like what you said you owe me?
It is dishonorable to remind me.
I was defending myself when Jolien took the sword to her back that killed her.
It’s my fault she died.
That was my toh.
This ring, it means you’re owned by a wetlander woman, yes?
In a way.
And you can lie with no one else?
Bain will be disappointed.
Chiad will not care.
This is all… water… How?
What do you think it’ll do when we try to put it on?
I don’t know, but I hope it hurts.
Fits well, don’t you think?
Pull up your sleeves.
I… realized why you fight me.
It’s because no one’s told you why we are here.
The Seanchan Empress has one charge, and one alone.
To unite every person on this planet under the Light.
The Last Battle is coming.
And we will only be able to fight it if we stand together, all of us.
Including you and me.
I will kill you.
[Barthanes] You’re sure my aunt’s alone?
As you asked, my lord.
And a sedative in her tea.
She should be asleep already.
Would you like me to open it, Your Grace?
I didn’t think you would do it.
Why? In Light’s name, why?
[Barthanes] I did it for us.
I did it for you, Mother.
For our family name.
Why do you think that we’ve risen so far so fast, Mother?
I am to be king.
And you would throw it all away for what?
Mother, Moiraine doesn’t care about you.
She trust no one. She cares about no one.
She will leave this place, and she will not give us a second thought.
But there are two things my sister understands better than anyone.
The difference between right and wrong, and how much harder it is sometimes to do what is right.
You can’t tell the queen.
You can’t tell anybody.
I already have.
No! Mother! Mother!
The city’s burning.
The Amyrlin requires your strength to protect Cairhien.
I’ve been told to watch the boy.
This is an order, Leane Sedai.
I’ll take his shield.
Don’t let her get close to you.
[Moiraine] You are very clever with your words, Sister.
The Dragon Reborn.
I’d say you’ve spent long enough in Cairhien, wouldn’t you?
[Verin] There’s a Waygate hidden in the city.
[Moiraine] That’s just a rumor.
With a grain of truth.
An Ogier Stedding once stood in the inner city center.
Cairhien families built right over it.
Where will you take him?
Falme. Toman Head.
“Above Toman’s Head shall he proclaim himself bannered ‘cross the sky in fire.”
You plan to have him declare himself the Dragon Reborn.
The Wheel weaves.
Good work. We’ll take him from here to the Waygate.
Just make sure that we’re not followed.
You’re not alone in this any longer, Sister.
But you need to hurry.
This city is not safe.
I hope you’re worth this, boy.
Light be with you.
Link with me.
I’m here, Mother.
Who’s shielding the boy?
Verin Sedai. You… you sent her.
Lead your Sisters and heal the injured.
That boy must not leave the city.
It should be somewhere.
You’ll have to channel into it.
Split it open with sheer force if you have to.
[Lan] No, he won’t.
You’re going to open it.
Just do it.
Look at Moiraine.
With the Source.
Not just your eyes.
What do you see?
It looks like a knot tied together.
That’s im… It’s impossible.
There’s a story from the Age of Legends about the Foresaken’s powers… a skill that’s been lost for thousands of years… to tie off weaves and leave them in place.
It never made sense to me, Moiraine.
What you’re feeling?
Ishamael didn’t still you.
Not even a Forsaken could do that alone.
It is a shield that he’s tied off, which means…
It can be removed.
What do I need to do?
You don’t have the skill to untie this knot.
You’ll have to cut it.
I trust you.
Cut through it.
I feel it.
[exhales] I feel it.
[softly] Thank you.
I am sorry it took me so long to do my duty.
Close the Waygate, Moiraine.
You lied to me about being stilled.
I’ve been more truthful with you than anyone else.
We failed, Moiraine.
At the Eye of the World, you failed.
The stakes are too high to fail again.
Close the Waygate.
I don’t want to force you.
You swore to obey me on the Oath Rod.
An unbreakable oath, bound by the One Power.
[softly] Siuan… Moiraine Damodred…
No, if you have ever loved me, don’t do this.
…I command you… to close the Waygate.
[Moiraine] She’s too strong, Siuan. Don’t.
[Lanfear] I told you
the next time I saw you two together, I’d kill her.
[Rand] You’re not going to touch her.
Not if you want my help.
[Lanfear] Every day you grow more like Lews.
Lucky for you, a broken Amyrlin is more useful to me than a dead one.
[Siuan] Moiraine, please.
[Lan] Moiraine, please.