The wheel of time

The wheel of time
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  • The 5 friends : Josha Stradowski as Rand al’Thor, Zoë Robins as Nynaeve al’Meara, Madeleine Madden as Egwene al’Vere, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara, Barney Harris (season 1) then Dònal Finn as Mat Cauthon
  • The Aes Sedai and their Warders : Rosamund Pike / Moirane Damodred, Daniel Henney / al’Lan Mandragoran, Kate Fleetwood / Liandrin Guirale, Priyanka Bose / Alanna Mosvani, Peter Franzén / Stepin, Sophie Okonedo / Siuan Sanche
  • The bad guys (are they ?) : Fares Fares / Ishamael, Alvaro Morte / Logain Ablar, Natasha O’Keeffe / Lanfear, Abdul Salis / Eamon Valda

What is is about ? Long ago, men could invoke the one power, but their instability caused the world to break up. Now, only women can channel the one power. Some men who still can always end up mad. They Aes Sedai sisterhood keeps the balance. They develop and specialize their abilities (healing, warriors, etc.). But there’s a rumor going around that the dragon, responsible for the breaking of the world, may be reborn. Moirane Sedai thinks she’s found him, except for one detail: he or she belongs to a group of friends, but she doesn’t know which one.

Why this risky challenge succeeded : based on the book series by Robert Jordan, the series plunges us into a complex world, the fruit of a long, mysterious and little-known history, populated by a wide variety of creatures. If you haven’t read the books, it’s hard to understand everyone’s role and the reasons behind the characters’ interactions, at least in the first episodes. But we’re quickly drawn in by the absolute beauty of the images: the landscapes, the sets, the costumes, the actors themselves – it’s impossible not to succumb to this wonderful world. After that, the plot gains in coherence and scope, and it’s the story that maintains interest, without the visual dazzle waning.

2 seasons, 16 episodes (55 mn), ongoing, on Amazon Prime Video

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