The Wheel of Time – S02E08 – What Was Meant to Be | Transcript

Fate leads Rand and the others to an inevitable showdown with their most formidable enemies yet.
The Wheel of Time - S02E08 - What Was Meant to Be

Original release date: September 6, 2023

Fate leads Rand and the others to an inevitable showdown with their most formidable enemies yet.

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[Lanfear] You told them all you were dead.

Did you think that protects them?

Just makes them easier for Ishamael to get to.

[Egwene] No!


The more wolf you are, the more you’re mine.

What are you?


Where will we go now?


[Min] Mat, you can’t go. You kill Rand.

[Ishamael] This “tea” shows you things.

Lets you glimpse your past lives.

And through all of that, the real one.

[Natti] Damn prick like him.

[Renna] Did you feel it?

Our affinity?


[Renna] I could never hurt you.

You will never leave me.

I will kill you.

[Elayne] What do you think it’ll do?


[Nynaeve] I don’t know, but I hope it hurts.



[Ingtar] Turak has a room of curiosities.

It’s barely guarded.

The Horn is what matters, Builder.

Aren’t you worried I’ll betray you?

Will you?

They would never turn.

I thought that, too, once.

Tell me what he’s planning.

[Ishamael] What do you think Rand will do when he sees his friends are all lost?

Tell me!

[Moiraine] He will break.

[Rand] But why Falme, of all places?

The Dragon is supposed to proclaim himself there.

They want everyone to know who I am before they try to kill me.

I don’t want to do this again.

Not to you.

The others will know you’re coming.

I already have them… Moghedien, Sammael, and the rest of the Forsaken.

This is our chance, Lews.

To break the wheel, make it stop.

You really think I’d do that?

All the people we love would die.

They’ll die no matter what you do.

So, go ahead.

Kill me.

And you and I can dance this dance again in our next lives.

I don’t want to do this again.

I’m not going to kill you.

They say you will be conscious, but not aware.

Like a dream.

They say this seal is so strong, not even I could break it.


No. Lews.


I know how much you hate being alive.

And for that, I am so very, truly sorry, my friend.


I don’t want to… do this again.


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[Geofram] We only have a few hours to take the Tower.

That’s where they’ll keep the witches fighting with them.

Until we kill them, there’s no hope of taking the city.

[Valda] Our scouts estimate they have 28 of the women with them.

No one said it would be easy.

Our enemy outnumbers us, they are better supplied, better armed, better fortified, but we have something they don’t.

That’s all for now.

Why do you pretend we can win?

There’s tens of thousands of them, Father.

Should we give up?

The Watchers on the Waves called for help, letters to every queen, every king in the world, to the Amyrlin Seat herself, begging, but no one came.

You did.

These strangers are slavers and murderers.

We fight them because we must.

You think there’s a chance the prophecy is true?

They say in Falme’s greatest moment of need, the Dragon will return to us.

“Above the Watchers shall the Dragon be proclaimed, bannered cross the sky in fire.”

Prophecies are just the lies of long-dead witches.

You two are being very quiet back there.

Should I worry?

[Moiraine] This is it?

The Waygate to Falme?

Open it.

[Lanfear] Why don’t you?

Ishamael took my power from me.

Ooh, you are so good at twisting your words in knots.

I know you’ve got it back. I can see it in you.

You’re alive only because I allow it.

Because you have a role to play still.

When the time comes, raise the banner.



Where are we?

[Rand] You channeled in the Ways!

Machin Shin.

Open it.

[Lanfear] There are faster ways to Falme than this, even, but I can’t take all that dead weight with us.

How can you think I’d ever trust you again?

I’m the only one who actually cares about you, Rand.

Everyone else… Ishamael, Moiraine… they just care about what you can do.

Come with me.

Do I have any choice?

You know who I am.

Now close your eyes.


That doesn’t belong here.

This will be a long morning, I think.

What does that mean?

Many people will wake from the dream today.

[Hopper whines]


It’s not safe.

I’ll be back.


What are you doing here?

I brought Rand.


To Falme?

Oh, don’t be upset.

We’re nowhere close to ready.

Listen to me. I know you.

You will be putting this off for years.

Each time saying, “Just one more piece to put in place.”

You’re delaying the inevitable.

It will either happen or it won’t.

No amount of time or planning will change that.

He’s not going to choose us,

it’s too soon.

He’s ready.


I told him that I’d help him kill you.

Will you?

[scoffs] If he’s going to join us, he needs to see that we aren’t all the same.

Why did I wake you?


Oh, sweetheart, it’s because you know you need me.

I balance you.

And I you.



[overlapping chatter]

[guard] What is that?

[guard 2] Can’t see anything.


Close the gates!


To the Tower!


[Seta crying, mumbling incoherently]

How do I look?

It’s good.

What now?

Now she’s going to tell us everything about the place they call the kennels.

[Mulaen] Take your spot in battle.

[Renna] The city is under attack from Whitecloaks.

The High Lady has ordered all sul’dam and damane to take part in the defense.

Your behavior in this cell is one thing, but when a damane disobeys orders in battle, the first punishment is to take her tongue.

The second, her hands.

Now stand!


I said stand.


Perhaps it’ll hurt more if I take this.

Now… come.

My master, you called for me.

Lanfear’s betrayed us.

But she’s sworn to him.

There are many paths to walk through the night.

I’ll have to remove her from the board.


The Great Lord gave her eternal life.

That’s for me to worry about.

I have another task for you.

The Dragon might not swear his oaths.

We haven’t had enough time.

But you need him to break the Wheel.

He’ll only break the Wheel if he turns to the Dark.

And he’ll only turn if he thinks

it’ll save his friends from doing the same.

We forced them toward it today.

I may have to wait until his next life.

I suppose I have nothing if not time.

Would you like me to kill him?


I know who kills him.

And what he uses to do it.

[indistinct whispering]


[door opens]

[Padan] Ah, Mat Cauthon, my best and poorest customer.

Padan Fain.

[door closes]

What are you doing here?

Don’t lie to me.


Where would they have taken Egwene?

[gasps] Take this off me.

I swear, I will give you anything.

[Nynaeve] We don’t have time for this.


What are you doing to her?

I can feel her in my mind.

It’s like a bundle of sensations.

All I have to do is push.

Don’t lie to me.

[Seta] She’ll be on the Tower.

But we can’t go.

I don’t want anyone to see me like this.

We are going to the Tower, and you will take us there.

And if you don’t, if you even try to get help…

I promise you, I’ll make you curse the first kiss your mother ever gave your father.

[overlapping shouting]

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[indistinct whispering]

What makes you think that I’m stupid enough to touch it again?

I know you went back to the Tower to find it.

You abandoned your friends for it.

No point lying to me, Mat. I can see the shadow in you.

We all can.

But to see the darkest parts of yourself, to accept them, to embrace them…

Well, that’s real strength, Mat.

Pretend they don’t exist like you’re some hero from a gleeman’s tale.


We both know that’s not you.


I’m not gonna touch it.

I think you will.

Left long enough alone in this room with just your thoughts and that dagger?

You deserve it, Mat.


[indistinct whispering]

[waves crashing]

[Lan] The bond,

are we going to talk about it?

Do you really want it back?

After everything I’ve done to you?

I never asked for my bond to be released, nor will I.

Stop pretending, Moiraine.

I think you’re afraid.

You don’t want me to know how weak you feel.

How unprepared.


Because then you’ll have to face it yourself.

You can’t hurt me anymore, Moiraine.

It took me a long time to accept what you said, about us not being equals, but I understand it now.

And I believe in what you do, even now, when I know not half of it.

The only reason that I was able to say that you’re not my equal… is that I’ve known one thing to be true since the first day we met.

You have always been my better.

Let me back in.

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[overlapping shouting]

[soldier] Move!

[soldier 2] Watch out!

[soldier 3] Over here!

You’re sure my friends are this way?

You really saw an Ogier over here?

I know what I saw.

Hold it.

Perrin Aybara.

Thank the Light.

[Loial and Perrin laugh]



The Horn. How did you get it?

[Ingtar] We had help, a lady from Cairhien.

They’ll realize what we’ve done soon. We need to get going.

We can’t leave Mistress al’Vere.


The Seanchan have her.

Sorry, do you know what that is?

Do you know how many of our men in Fal Dara died protecting that?

The Horn of Valere summons the dead heroes of the past.

It’s the key to the Dragon winning the Last Battle.

What of the heroes of today?

That is what we are now.

We are all

the heroes of another age’s legend.

I think it’s time we start acting like it.

Where is she?

[Mulaen] Sul’dam, with me!

Take your positions.


[soldier] Take the Tower!

[panicked shouting]

[Mulaen shouts command in Old Tongue]

[sul’dam chanting]


[Renna and Mulaen shout in Old Tongue]

[sul’dam chanting]

[shouts in Old Tongue]

Take the Tower.

Take the Tower, men. Kill the witches.

To the Tower.

Kill the witches.

Burn the witches!


[panicked shouting]

[horse neighs]


Good girl.

[Turak’s Voice] The sul’dam are on the Tower and our soldiers are in the streets now, searching for the Horn.

[Turak] Those who have sworn the oaths should be protected, but cut down any man who raises a sword against us.

The only thing that matters is the Horn of Valere.

[Turak’s Voice] Stand aside.

I said stand aside.

[Rand] You people did this to her.

[Turak] A heron-marked sword.

Let us see what is required to earn the heron blade on this side of the ocean.

[guards grunt in unison]

[crying out]

[Turak’s Voice] From birth to death, I serve the blood.


[indistinct shouting]

They understand battle well, these women.

[man] Are you ready to fight?

[soldiers shout as one]

One man could hold 50 here.

There’s no need for that.

They’re coming this way.

Go! Take the Horn!


For the Light and Shinowa!


[Ingtar] Go! I’ll hold them!

You’re faster than you used to be.

Feels like I’m running without buckets on my back.

You’re thinking about Lanfear.

I still don’t understand why he only woke her.

They’re too dangerous, I think, the others.

The Forsaken fought among themselves as much as they fought the Dragon.

But everything that I could find out said that Lanfear, Lews Therin and Ishamael were inseparable before the War of Power.

They were best friends.

Just like these kids.

I think I know where we are.

Lanfear planned this.

[panicked shouting]

Master Domon.

Lady Selene. You’re a long way from Cairhien.

What do you be doing here?

The city’s under attack.

A good lady like yourself, you-you shouldn’t be here.

Oh, I’m not going anywhere.

And neither are you.

You know that broken piece of cuendillar I sold you a few months back?


Well, I have an inkling that when this city falls, I can get my hands on some that are fully intact.

Six of them.

Won’t be worth much if we’re dead.

Oh, you’re not going to sell them.

You’re going to take them to the deepest part of the ocean and throw them in, where no one can ever, ever find them.

Dump them?

But… that’s a fortune I’d be throwing away.

Oh, I’ll make it worth your while.

[coins clink]

Go to your boat and wait for me.

I’ll bring them tonight.

[dog barking]

[panicked shouting]

[Suroth] Does he really think that I won’t be on the front lines of Falme’s defense?

There’s glory to be won today.

[door opens]

Where have you been?

I had other tasks to attend to.

The girl’s in place?

The whole city can see her.

It should be me on the Tower defending our people.

Now that Turak is dead, it’s me the pe…

Turak is dead?

And the Horn stolen.

If My Lord remembers, you gave it to Turak for safekeeping. Perhaps…

Stop talking.

Lanfear, she’s working against us.

You’ve held your strongest damane in reserve like I asked?

Take them to a ship directly below the Tower, where you have a clear line of sight on it, and wait for my signal.

But, Lord, I just…

They know how to gentle a man?

Of course.

[indistinct whispering]

♪ ♪

[indistinct whispering]


[indistinct voices outside]



An hour.


I thought surely you’d last longer than that before you touched the…

The thing is, I have spent my fair share of time in a cell this year.

And I’ve learned there’s usually more than one way out of them.

What? Stop him!

[pained cry]

Guards! Guards! Guards!

[guard] Don’t move!

Come back!

Go, go!

[panicked shouting]

[shouting indistinctly]

Again, Egwene.

[sul’dam chanting]

[shouts in Old Tongue]


Renna, have you lost control of your damane?


No, I have not.


[Seta gasping]


[neighing wildly]

[screaming continues]

[Nynaeve] We made it.


Wait. Do you hear that?

This is your last chance.

Defy me again.


It’s working. It’s actually working.

Did you not trust in the Light?

Signal the archers!

People of Falme, pick up your weapons!

Fight with us.

Send these slavers back where they came from.

[shouting and grunting]



[cries out]


I’m here.

[Elayne groaning]

[Egwene coughing and straining]

[cries out]


[pained groans]



[panicked shouting]


[soldier] Let’s go.


No, no.

Wait, Perrin!

Perrin! Perrin! Perrin!


[laughing] Oh, my old friend Perrin.

Mat. Mat.

I don’t believe it.

Perrin, oh, what are you doing here?

Who are…

Who in Light’s name are these people?

They’re, uh, friends.


I hope your friends can fight.


[Renna] This is your fault.

The Tower was hit from our position. You did this.



[Renna chuckles]

Oh, stupid Egwene.

The a’dam only works on women who can channel.

I know.

[gasps] What?

It didn’t make sense to me how we could connect to each other.

At first I thought it was like the Warder bond.

But then I realized that you can see our weaves, too.

You feel it when I channel because we’re linked.

[whispering] We’re the same.

You sul’dam are just so weak in the Power, the Searchers didn’t find you.


No. [grunts]

[pained groaning]

The first rule.


You cannot hurt your sul’dam.


The only way you’re getting out of this collar is if I let you out.

But first…

[frightened gasps]

…you have to let me out.

[crying out]



You’re still my damane.

You still feel what I feel.

If I die, you die.

[crying out]


Please… use it.



[Rand] Egwene.




Rand’ll be headed where she is.

Rand? Are you sure?

Yes, he’s alive. I’ve seen him with my own two eyes.

He’s got shit hair, but he’s alive.

We must get the Horn to Rand al’Thor.

We can’t even open it.

Why didn’t you say that?

Of course.

I’m here.



I came to save you.

But it looks like you didn’t need it.

I’m sorry, I should have told you.

I thought it would be better this way.

I’m sorry.

Come on, let’s get out of here.

All right?


[Ishamael] In the flesh this time.



[Rand] Ishamael.


[screams, grunts]


[all chanting in Old Tongue]


It’s the same as your last life.

You try to be so honorable… so proud, so perfect.

I’m not Lews Therin.

Maybe next time it’ll be different.

Hold the shield on him until we get the signal.

Then we gentle him.

[Ishamael] I don’t want to do this again.

And I don’t think you do either.

Look at her.

You abandoned her.

You made her a killer.

If you keep fighting him, you’ll turn them all to the Dark.

Just like you did in your last life.

Just like you did to me.


Get him, get him.

Get the Horn to Rand!


Perrin, I’m not leaving you.

I’m not.

None of this matters if Rand doesn’t have that.

You’re his only hope.

[Loial] We’ll buy you some time. Go!


[soldier] Get him! Don’t move!

[soldier 2] Get him!


Two Rivers?






[overlapping shouting]

Close your eyes, picture a bud, soft like… I can’t do it like that.

It’s either there, or it’s not.

You can do it, Nynaeve.

[Valda] You.


Now we’ll find out what you really are.




[Hopper whining]


Valda, with me.




[soldier shouting indistinctly]

[soldier] Attack!

[others shouting]

[horn blowing]

♪ ♪


I… I… I remember.

♪ ♪

The Heroes of the Horn.

I am one of you.

I have fought by your side times beyond number.

Fight with us once more.

Well, let’s not just fecking stand here.

Dovie’andi se tovya sagain!

[overlapping shouting]

[cries out]


♪ ♪


[Dain] Father.

No. No!


[Ingtar] Perrin, look out.



Perrin. Perrin.



Two Rivers!

Oh, no, no!


Don’t be so bloody surprised I’m a Hero of the Horn.

Get to Rand. We’ll hold them.



[indistinct shouting]

It’s all right.

Use what you know. You’re a Wisdom.

I’m-I’m going to push it through.

This will hurt.


It’s through.


[Nynaeve] We have to get to Egwene.

Can you…?

I’m all right.


Leave me.

I’ll just slow you down.

We don’t know if I’ll be able to channel when I get there.

Whatever she’s facing, she needs you, not me.

[Ishamael] Well… it looks like our time is up.

Will you join us?


I will never serve him.

In a thousand lives,

I never have.

I know that.

I’m sure of it.

She’s right, you know.

You’re so much like Lews.

But different, too.

Ah, well.


Rand. Rand, brother, I’m sorry.

I’m so sorry.

[Rand grunts]

Rand. Rand.

Rand. Rand.

Such a simple illusion.

How could you not see it?

Rand, Rand, Rand, I’m sorry, I’m sorry.


I’m sorry.

If it’s any consolation… I’m sorry, too, old friend.

I truly am.

How did you…?


You cannot face down one of the Chosen, child.

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Keep moving. There’s soldiers on these cliffs. What is it?


[Lan] Are there weaves?

I think it’s Rand they’re shielding.


You don’t know who they are.

What if Lanfear put us here for you to do this?

What if those ships are full of innocent people?

What if it’s not Rand?

I will let a thousand innocent people die if there’s even a chance that he will live.

That is what it means to support him, you do understand that?

[shouting in distance]

[birds singing]


[Egwene grunting]


Keep going.

I’m sorry.



I’m here.

Nynaeve’s here, too.

Go. Hurry.


I’m sorry.

It was a mistake. I’m sorry.

Rand. Rand.

Who are you?



Rand. Rand, you’re gonna have to do something.

I can’t.

I’m shielded.


[cries out]

♪ ♪


[Egwene screams]

♪ ♪

[Ishamael sighs]


[seagull squawks]

[Ishamael] It’s… It’s beautiful.

Do you see it, Lews?

What do you see?


Nothing at all.

♪ ♪

They’re retreating.

“Above the Watchers shall the Dragon be proclaimed…”

“…bannered ‘cross the sky in fire.”

[people cheering]

[bell clanging]





[cheering continues]

♪ ♪


♪ ♪


Softly, softly, from the shadows.

Softly, softly, from the shadows.



Ishamael let us out.

All of us. He had this sneaking suspicion you were going to betray him.

Where are the others?





[sighs] Yeah.

You and Ishamael were always too close to the Dragon.

The rest of us don’t share that failing.

“Softly, softly, from the shadows.”

That’s what you always said about me, isn’t it?

That I was too cautious, too afraid… too weak.

You don’t want to fight me.

[laughs, sniffs]

Mm, this is not a fight.

This is a warning.

When I strike, I don’t miss.

Stay away from him, Lanfear.

He’s ours now.

All five of them are.


Softly, softly, from the shadows.



Light help you, Rand al’Thor.

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