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S1E3 "A Place of Safety" -- w/ Book Spoilers

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Zoe's performance is incredible. The way she sneers at Lan as she threatens him, OMG. Nyn was my second favorite character in the books, but she's my favorite character in the show right now, and its not very close.

Edit: OMG the dragon's fang of blood in the pool when she kills the Trolloc!
 

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Paraphrase until I can rewatch: “I said that you could ask. Not that I would answer “.

*eyes twinkling” Yup. Nynaeve is clearly coming to life.
 
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"I've heard about the bond between an Aes Sedai and her warder. They feel what she feels. So get ready, because this is going to hurt."

She's already looking out for him :cry
 

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Instead of a braid tug emoji we need a braid flip!
 

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Y'all. I've gotta say it. I like tv show Mat so much more than book Mat so far. :look:
 
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Y'all. I've gotta say it. I like tv show Mat so much more than book Mat so far. :look:

Really? I didn't like book Mat until much later in the series, but I dislike almost everything about TV Mat. They took away his playful, reckless, youthful persona and gave him angst, shame, and desperation instead. It's just sad.

I love just about everything else though!
 

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Oh, yeah. My mine gripe about book Mat is the way he treats people. I see his playfulness as annoying because he doesn't take responsibility for anything.

But tv Mat has a lot to lose, and he's much more sympathetic to me.

(I am also highly aware that this is likely an opinion that most fans don't hold.)
 

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Agreed about Mat. This version of him makes leaving that much harder. His sisters pretty clearly relied on him for safety, and now he's not there.

Willing to bet this version of Mat will be faced with that later on, in the same way Perrin will have to face losing his wife.
 

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I agree. I have always disliked early Mat. I don't enjoy his character until later books. I love his TV version much more. He has a reason for being rogueish instead of just being a little s**head. :laugh:

I'm still trying to decide how I feel about Perrin and Laila. I don't hate it...but I just....hmmm idk.
 

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I think the part that's throwing me is she's just as capable a blacksmith as he is.

Which absolutely shouldn't be a problem. Women have been reported in the profession in colonial America. There are women blacksmiths in Colonial Williamsburg. I think it's the representation of his wife that is throwing me off with her, and it shouldn't, but it's not a representation we typically see in fantasy and I think that's a good chunk of the problem. We generally see her type as Rey or Leia--ultra capable leaders. Not homemakers who also happen to be a village blacksmith.
 
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*Lynaeve? Nynan?

I saw "Lanaeve" on Twitter and like that one a lot.

At first I was very eehhhhhh on Thom's intro but by the end of the episode I adored it, and him. The way they showed how much he knows about the world was great. And our first instance of "find water and shade" had me tearing up.

I really like the way they're showing the dagger already influencing him, although Rand calling him a prick after what Mat's mom said in S1E1.... owie. Ouch.
 
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I think Rand might have channeled the One Power for the first time here?! When he broke down the ironwood door that 3 people cannot break...

Another thing that seems very subtle but I think Mat is starting to be influenced by the Shadar Lagoth dagger, right?
He seems more dickish than in the first episode :) Though they are other plausible explanations considering everything.
 

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I think Rand might have channeled the One Power for the first time here?! When he broke down the ironwood door that 3 people cannot break...

Another thing that seems very subtle but I think Mat is starting to be influenced by the Shadar Lagoth dagger, right?
He seems more dickish than in the first episode :) Though they are other plausible explanations considering everything.

Yes, Mat is clearly starting to be affected by the dagger at this point. His temper is getting the better of him, for sure.
 

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im sorry but Sam Elliot is still breathing so any other choice for Thom is wrong, and i will forever be salty about it.
 
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Ok. I’m up to date.

so far so good. Loving it all so far.
 

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This is my middle episode.

I hate Thom. I hate the way they portray the gleeman. I hate how he looks and sounds. To me, he feels like a backwoods entertainer. A busker. He is NOT a court bard in appearance, performance, bearing, or speech.

That said, yes, Rand channeled. Yes, Mat is already being twisted by the dagger. No, Dana isn't in the books, but Dena was Thom's apprentice "first female gleeman" in Caemlyn, so it might be a nod to her. Dagger in the throat is a good enough way to go I guess. The actress was in The Expanse and I loved her there, so I was happy to see her, even if just for one episode.

I didn't see the romance between Nynaeve and Lan in the books at all. It happened suddenly for me, but it's definitely obvious in the show. I'm loving the attitude. I will point out, however, that there have been NO braid tugs on camera.

I'm okay with the combination of all the small towns into Breen's Spring.

Overall, not terrible. It shows promise. The Aiel thing was pretty good, and really showed Thom's quality. I liked that Mat took a Stone Dog from the Aiel's pouch.

I'm sad we didn't see Thom face a Myrddraal, but I'm happy he saved Rand and Mat that way.
 

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Nynaeve and Lan were always the "it" couple in the books for me. Any time there were interactions, I read and re-read and re-read again. :laugh: I'm in 100% adoration-mode after watching the show parts with them in it. :D

This! I'm completely in fan girl adoration mode watching their interactions :laugh:

I loved how badass Nynaeve was dealing with that Trolloc, like damn! She's so badass and perfectly played by Zoe.

I love that Lan was like huh you actually tried to kill me and she bit him! :rofl

And the glares she was giving tied to that tree. Omg I loved it all.

I had a chat with my sister and her boyfriend after they watched it and one of her favourite bits is so weird and makes sense for them. It's that the blood from Dana's neck wound pulses, rather than pours. Such an odd thing to be happy about but she's a nurse and he's a paramedic so they like realism when it comes to wounds :rofl
 

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I have to say I did not like book Nynaeve. I always found her annoying, especially at these early points. However. I LOVE TV Nynaeve. She is sarcastic, confident, and badass.
 
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I'm disappointed that we didn't hear Mat cry out
"Carai an Caldazar! Carai an Ellisande! Al Ellisande!"
It would have been the perfect way to shift suspicion to him for being the Dragon. And then to Rand when he breaks down the door. They could have really kept people guessing
 

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Actually, good point. I forgot the show was gearing up to leave who the DR was a mystery until the last moment. The whole scene with Dana kinda ruined that, and so early in the season too.

But yes, I was disappointed we didn't hear the battle cries
 
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