Sep 1, 2020
WoTSpoilers returns to regular content! It is not the beginning, but it is A beginning. Seth unveils the new co-host plan, re-introduces Aradia, teases SpoilerCon, and tackles his first read-in. Robert Jordan was a master of anticipation and red herrings, particularly in this book.
In Amador, Abdel Omerna gets his news from the Randland equivalent of Facebook memes, while Sebban Balwer knows better, and Pedron Niall makes fateful choices. Off-screen, Mattin Stepaneos has an important moment that will bedevil international politics for several books, and the Borderlands are ignited by Hurin finally arriving with news of Rand doing his thing over Falme. Morgase makes plans upon plans, and has a moment that reminds us of her younger son.
Seth and Aradia discuss the eerie parallels between Fain’s corrupting paranoia and the mentality that leads to climate change denial, the many flavors of “evil” that don’t come from the Dark One, the complex relationship between Niall and Morgase, and the process of changing our mental images of the characters to match the actors’ faces.
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