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Fano'Lan Redux

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  1. Yes indeed and also a perfect vehicle to carry the red shirt Forsaken.
  2. Weekly WoT for sure - anticipation is at least half the fun for me.
  3. Michael D'Cruz casting speculation out there from rednianintellince: "In an unrelated note, we can can also confirm that actor Michael D'Cruz (Tyrant, Doctors) will play the role of Zahir in The Wheel of Time. The name seems to be an original one, but given D’Cruze’s Asian looks, we could see him playing a borderlander." Anyone else agree that he looks suited for casting as a Shienaran Lord? Lord Agelmar would dovetail with the photos of filming locations that would translate to Fal Dara remarkably well - banners and all.
  4. Since we're not getting Winternight but are getting Bel Tine, maybe the DO weather fix and BotW arc have been nixed?
  5. Definitely would limit the DO reincarnation shenanigans, maybe thrice but not more. If that requires an alternate method of elimination for some of the Forsaken, or making it a more precious reward and thus infrequently granted - either route works. Ishy, I would. Ar and Os -gar, maybe I would for the gender bender aspect. Do we even need the DO do-overs at all to craft a great TV series? /// Sure, they could include some of the Forsaken meetings and even allow Rahvin's exploits some individual development vis a vis Morgase, but every Forsaken can be portrayed in main character scenes almost exclusively. 3-4 primary antagonists for every 2 seasons with the biggies running through multiple seasons - Ishy, Lanfear (yes, she is the hottest, it's not a question), Dem and Sem. There are efficient methods for creating the canonical villainy and then dispatching them with a bit more extreme prejudice along the way.
  6. For you both, kudos on the replies and the patience exhibited.
  7. When I think WoT casting, I think Egwene's eyes. <check's Madeleine Madden IMBD page> Yes, looking forward to S1E1 very much, very much indeed.
  8. So much this. The uncertainty of young males as their exposure to the world expands is so much a part of the story that folks gloss over. Sure the big action scenes are fun, and will be impressive on screen, but the humanity so richly revealed in the books is just as important to me. I want to feel the depth of the bond shared between the EF5 as they take their collective leave from home. /////////// Dumai's has been persuasively argued as the one scene, and I am wavering on it's inclusion as number two on my list but the aerial assault on the WT keeps that scene first on my list as far as anticipation for a visual presentation. Cleansing or DWells for number 2 as I see it. Chapter 37 is going to be a different beast entirely
  9. Imagine settling in for that first episode, immersing yourself in the vision Rafe et al. have crafted and then hearing tell of the seven Forsaken ... or whatever other number ... screeching halt for book fans' willing suspension of disbelief. As has been mentioned already, the viewers (bookies and newbies) won't need a full dissertation on each, just a cogent outline that adheres to the fundamental persona. Bel'al and Agelmar need no more development than Moiraine and Loial provide along the journey. Sammael also need not appear on screen until the final confrontation. More individuality than Nazgul #3, but no "PoV" development required. The threat and fear for the audience can be fully anchored in the protagonists' scenes. Reincarnation is a different question entirely for me but maybe that's a conversation for a different thread.
  10. "It can be learned?" has to be uttered by a Seanchan at some point. Not a noble nor a sul'dam. I see no reason for Egeanin to lose that role. Tension as to whether or not the Seanchan will cede primacy to the Dragon Reborn and fight against the literal forces of evil can be effectively maintained up until TG. Inclusion of 148 points of view has not been suggested by anyone that I've seen. Not sure how many we'll get nor how difficult it would be do for any particular character.
  11. So many fantastic scenes recounted here, I love reading through a thread like this. For the entire series, I really hope we get to see the attack on the WT, Egwene rallying the defense and through Elaida receiving a new name at the end. Cleansing would be a close second. Third for me would be the wonder-girls intro to the Aiel - from the first hello all the way through their dismantling of the fades. Also hoping for a worthy rendition of the First Sister adoption ceremony.
  12. Apologies, but I do not understand what you're communicating here. Maybe it's because I don't get what is meant by "The actual real reason" as you use it here. As a tenet, "Everything happens as it was supposed to because The Wheel/fate" precludes a lot of discussion on forums : )
  13. Thank you for making this day even better by stoking my anticipation for the show with this post : )
  14. Sexual union has been a requirement for the continuation of our species, is currently a fact of life for many and quite honestly, something I find much more appealing than blood and gore. I hope they are as blunt about the distinction between nudity and sexuality as was Jordan. "Saucy tongue" as used in the text does not mean profane, it indicates a willingness to challenge structural authority and speak your truth. Elayne knows a few curse words early in the story but does not know their meaning as commonly understood so uses them erroneously. Birgitte comments something along the lines of "At least I know what to use where" when Elayne criticizes B's frequent use of profanity. Uno and the other Shienerans provide Elayne with opportunity to learn more curses and someone thinks about Elayne repeating a curse under her breath after hearing Uno use it, something about "Elayne's lips moving as if repeating the phrase." Per all the teenaged central characters in the books, and every human I've known irl, Elayne changes as she encounters life. Hopefully the show keeps the text curses and has as much fun with the comedic relief available as did Jordan.
  15. Tricky indeed Thrasymachus, and critical, imo. Perhaps the most important production choice/s considering the breadth of T'a'R activity in the text, from Book 1 through the end. Agree that they should incorporate some consistent indication but I've gone back and forth on whether a permanent tell should be introduced right off the start. Right now, I'm leaning toward a delay so the three amigos' early confusion/fear about the Ishy encounters comes through for the audience. Lol at the Starbucks cup reference. Maybe they will wait for Egwene's harsh first lessons and subsequent tutelage under Amys to provide a more vivid distinction on screen. Here's to hoping for a '21 that provides us with our first season of enjoyment.
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