“Not all men!”
You’re right. Al'Lan Mandragoran, Lord of the Seven Towers, Lord of the Lakes, True Blade of Malkier, Defender of the Wall of First Fires, Bearer of the Sword of the Thousand Lakes, May He Sever the Shadow, Dai Shan, would never do this.
So this Saturday I spent half an hour crying on the floor of my local bookstore rereading that one specific scene in The Great Hunt that involves a certain two characters reminiscing about a pond and honestly it’s been a whole day and I still can’t stop thinking about it and holy hell I just have so many feelings about these two.
Lan Mandragoran’s “I Never Met a Girl Like You Before” moment
The Eye Of The World, Chapter 21
“If you watch the wolf too hard, she muttered, a mouse will bite you on the ankle.” And she looked right at the tree behind which Nynaeve was hiding. “Mistress al’Meara, you may come out now, if you wish.”
Nynaeve scrambled to her feet, hastily dusting dead leaves from her dress. Lan had spun to face the tree as soon as Moiraine’s eyes moved; his sword was in his hand before she finished speaking Nynaeve’s name. Now he sheathed it again with more force than was strictly necessary. His face was almost expressionless as ever, but Nynaeve thought there was a touch of chagrin about the set of his mouth.”
Mat only accidentally called Moiraine “mom” a couple of times and each time he fervently denied that he did, even if a bunch of people heard
Perrin con-stant-ly calls Moiraine “mom” and he literally never realizes, so he just keeps on talking like it didn’t happen. No one who hears points it out and Moiraine just kinda smirks because it’s a little adorable
Egwene only callled Moiraine “mom” once and she immediately caught it and tried to laugh it off with Moiraine but was actually super embarrassed. The real dilemma was the fact that Nynaeve heard and was about ready to pick Egwene up and personally carry her back to the Two Rivers
Rand definitely called Lan “dad” at least once, and they both just kinda silently agreed not to mention it, but Lan was about a million times more embarrassed than Rand.
I never really thought about Lan’s last name (Mandragoran), but a while ago I heard/read that the mandragora/mandrake is a plant that can be deadly when you pull the roots out of the eart according to stories. And when people talk to Lan about his Malkieri roots, he becomes really dangerous and kills people. Maybe I’m thinking too much about it but I just never really connected the two until now, I thought it was interesting!
We all want a Wheel of Time TV show like Game of Thrones however we all know that this is not happening for the simple reason that it will be way way too expensive and no network will go for it. However do you know what will be both affordable and great to see on TV. A live action WoT TV show based on New Spring and centered around Moiraine and Lan
This works on many levels.
First we can introduce both the One Power and the history of this world through the POV of Moiraine and Suian. We can have them teaching Novice classes and discussing which Ajah they want to join. This will be both affordable to the CGI budget and ease the audience into the universe
Through Lan we can get both stereotypical sword packed action of the fantasy genre and introduce the basics of other countries in this world and the Aiel.
I think we can fit the entire New Spring in 13 episodes and make it a strong first season.
The second season can be an original one. Something to raise even more interest and solidify the audience before we go into the main books. We can set it several years later and see a now more powerful and knowledgeable Moiraine and an even more badass Lan. We can track her first meeting with the Green Man which can serve to introduce the Blight and Shienar. We can have Moiraine and Lan going to Andor and meeting Morgaese and having Moiraine meet her baby niece Elayne(we can do this while Thom is away trying to help his nephew)
We can introduce Ishmael and the Black Ajah in the background as we see the Shadow rising and beginning to spread the message about the Eye of the World which would allow us to introduce Stedding Shangtai and Loial. . We can see Elyas discovering the wolves and running away(perhaps after one last spar with Lan) An after some nice big battle at the end of the season where Moiraine and Lan we can have a prologue set one year before the main. With Moiraine meeting Min who’s vision will give her the final clue to where the Dragon is.
And third season will be the Eye of the World. Now I know that a lot of fans won’t like the idea of an original second season but I think it will be essential for preparing the mainstream audience(who will most definitely not be book fans) for the main books. This will keep them from getting overwhelmed with too many new characters and places and two successful seasons will make sure that the network would be willing to invest more money for what will certainly be much more expensive new seasons as we get into the main books
So yeah. This is my plan on how we can sneak Wheel of Time on TV and make it successful.