S1E5: "Blood Calls Blood" - w/Book Spoilers

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Loial! :D

Perrin! :eek

Stepin! :cry
 

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I distracted myself from being sad by wondering if those ribbons the two Novices had twirled around their arms were mourning attire or just really funky sleeves as part of their usual outfits?
 

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Ok, but Egwene channeling to distract Valda while actually freeing Perrin was a slick nod to how powerful she is: untrained, and she's already splitting her weaves.

I also liked Nynaeve telling the story about Egwene's fever, although it'll be interesting to see if they ever circle back to her realizing that was when she really first channeled.

Loial was just amazing, loved his voice.
 

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My brain keeps hopping all around and won't settle down. :laugh: Not only an excellent (excellentttttt) episode, but 4 shorts centered on costumes and music. YES!!

I want to live in that White Tower. :indifferent: ....with like, pillows. And we haven't even seen the library yet. :look:
 

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Logain laughing when he saw Rand was also a nice touch I thought!
 

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Tar Valon was so good. The architecture is *chef's kiss*

PERRIN! I am living for his storyline. I'm missing Elyas, but I don't even care at this point. It's too good.

Egwene telling Valda that she was going to split him like the pig he is gives me life.

Loial's voice can soothe me to sleep any day. Though I think it'll take me a while to get used to him being so visually different from how I see him in my head.

The funerals! :cry I was crying even there at the beginning and then at the end with Stepin, I was toast.

I'm almost shipping Moiraine and Alanna now. Nobody come for me. :look:

OH oh oh, and the Tuatha'an! I have so much freaking respect for them in that moment. That was an awesome way to show non-violent strength.

I need more. :embarassed:mg
 

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The little things too, like Padan Fain peering up at Mat/Rand then laughing and slinking off. The white line down Alanna's face during the funeral. Creepy Liandrin touching Moiraine to move her hair behind her ear. Egwene snatching Valda's ring collection.
 

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There. Was. So. Much.

I need to rewatch it. I missed soooo much!!

But LOIAL!!!! And Perrin’s eyes!!!
 

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This episode was definitely one of the best written.

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The Whitecloaks in this one (Eamon Valda, especially) really, really got to me and triggered some pretty major trauma panic attack fun for a few hours. It is quite rare for a show to do that.

I am 99% certain they reused Shadar Logoth for Tar Valon.
 

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Yeah they probably took it and darkened and ruined it. They’re both supposed to be Ogier-built, and I think from the same general era, so it makes sense for the architecture to match. We just don’t know that yet in show lore.

Also, are they merging Liandrin with Elaida? Some of the politics talk suggests they’re setting Liandrin up for a coup.
 

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That was so good. I apparently missed Padan Fain, will have to re-watch.

Can I seriously live in Tar Valon? Gorgeous. And the funerals, especially the end. Just wow.
 

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Ok, but Egwene channeling to distract Valda while actually freeing Perrin was a slick nod to how powerful she is: untrained, and she's already splitting her weaves.

Even better. He had just told her that the gestures were unnecessary and she used that against him.

Also I just want to say poor Mat. He's really breaking...
 
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A great episode!! But also terribly sad.
 

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On the topic of Forsaken - It looked like there were eight statues, so they might be cutting/combining some. Which really isn't surprising. I mean, do we really need Be'lal for example? Also worth noting that they very specifically mentioned that there were eight Aes Sedai sent to capture Logain instead of the usual thirteen from the books.

Speculation time! If they are cutting/combining forsaken, I'm calling this now. They're gonna make Mazrim Taim actually be Demandred just to mess with us.
 
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I think they might merge Mesaana and Semirhage and maybe Lanfear and Graendal? I’d hate to see Moghedien cut. I love my little Mog.
 

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I might need a “Rafe killed Asmodean” sticker. :shifty

This episode was kinda triggering for me with Valda. But I startled my husband with my gleeful shouts for Loial.
 
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Second-watch thoughts:

It’s a nice touch to return the rings to the Tower. Kinda got an eternal flame thing going.

Old Tongue script written on the road marker, anyone copied/transliterated/translated it yet?

Rand is called to Dragonmount! Although that’s not something you’d know without book knowledge.

Blood and ashes! Also I’m loving the variety of ppl and costumes in Tar Valon.

F***k the Whitecloaks and f***k Valda! And <3 the Tinkers, they made me cry.

Yay for Loial! And his insistence that Rand is an Aielman. And then later him using his studies of humans to try to help reunite him with his girl, even though it’s technically the wrong one lol.

Who are the drummers in the procession? Not novices, we see them otherwise. Whites? Servants in livery?

I wonder what they do with the stones in the rings, Karene’s not in hers at this point.

My heart feels for Egwene. I think how she handles herself at times during the entire Whitecloak scene is a sign of how well she’ll handle future events.

And also Valda talks about the whole hands/channeling thing, so hopefully ppl will stop complaining about that.

And poor Perrin. But Goldeneyes!

Nynaeve’s skirt has pockets.

I was worried that Liandrin was gonna cause problems but I’m glad it actually worked out.

I hope we do get to find out about Nynaeve’s healing Egwene later, although I don’t think the scene would have enough purpose unless it’s setting that up and explaining her block. And setting up Egwene’s awesomeness. I’m so glad that she responds the way she does to Perrin’s admitting he killed Laila.

Do Liandrin and Moiraine have a past? That hair tuck and chin stroke are kinda awkward otherwise. But yay for Yellow healing callout!

First Forsaken mention I think. With Ishamael being the only name mentioned so far (I think) I wonder if they’ll connect that with Ba’alzamon now and just skip Aginor and Balthamel in the season finale.

I love Moiraine and Alanna’s friendship. I’m also going to guess that the portrait Moiraine looks at is a painting Siuan did of her.

Here’s the stoic Lan who rebuffs Nynaeve. Followed not too long after by an emotional Lan. Losing a good friend, especially after he was supposed to sit vigil and keep him company before letting himself basically get drugged. I think the funeral is interesting. The warders can’t all be emotional because then they’re not on guard, so they ask the one man to kind of channel that emotion or everyone. I like that not only can you see Moiraine’s emotional link to him via the bond, but you can see Nynaeve’s empathy and emotional response in the background.
 

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Also, are they merging Liandrin with Elaida? Some of the politics talk suggests they’re setting Liandrin up for a coup.

Yea im not sure I like that big a change...but it definitely feels like it... Making a coup by
Black Ajah
just doesn't vibe the same.. it will irl me too much honestly.

The bands on the novice dresses were there in the beginning those better not be where the ajah colors go on am accepted dress, it will make accepted dresses not feel like they were just passed from one to the next..and make costuming for them too bloody complicated.
 
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Valda's reaction to Perrin Golden Eyes was priceless (Methinks he may have soiled himself :laugh:)

While Loial doesn't match my head cannon, it's Loial and that's all that matters.

Logain laughing at Rand was nice, however it was Mat who the camera was focused on. Once again diverting attention away from the True Dragon Reborn.

Looks like Moiraine is already considering passing Lan's bond to Nynaeve
 
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