The Wheel of Time Finale Review: Moiraine and Rand Finally Confront the Dark One

The Wheel of Time Finale on Amazon Prime Video serves as the closing statement of an epic fantasy series based on Robert Jordan’s novel series of the same name and produced by Sony Pictures Television and Amazon Studios. Rafe Judkins serves as the showrunner for this series and stars Rosamund Pike as Moiraine, Daniel Henney as Lan, Zoë Robins as Nynaeve, Madeleine Madden as Egwene, Josha Stradowski as Rand, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin, Barney Harris as Mat, Kate Fleetwood as Liandrin, Priyanka Bose as Alanna, Hammed Animashaun as Loial, Sophie Okonedo as Siuan Sanche and Kae Alexander as Min Farshaw in prominent roles.

The series is eight episodes long, with the first three episodes releasing on 19th December and the rest following a weekly episodic release. The final episode is The Wheel of Time Episode 8 which marks the end of this grand series. The show has already been renewed for season two.

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The Wheel of Time Episode 8: “The Eye of the World”

The show started with our four villagers from Two Rivers- Rand, Mat, Perrin and Egwene picked up by Aes Sedai Moiraine and her Warder, Lan as they were suspected to be ‘The Dragon Reborn’. Soon enough, the list of four expands to five when they are joined by Nynaeve. With many struggles and troubles, our five protagonists along with Moiraine and Lan reach a place from whereon only the real Dragon Reborn can make it to the Eye of the World, only everyone is able to wield the One Power.

According to The Wheel of Time Episode 7, we see Machin Shin messes up with everyone’s heads while they cross The Ways. During this moment, the entity tells Rand that he is the Dragon Reborn. Thus, by the end of the episode, we see Rand and Moiraine leave the group behind to way into the Eye of the World.

The Wheel of Time Episode 8 starts with a conversation between two Aes Sedai, one of them being revealed to be Lews Therin Telamon about if the Dark One should be captured or not. We understand that Telamon is the Dragon Reborn whereas the female Aes Sedia is the Amrylin Seat. While this conversation happens, there is a baby present in the room and we can all suspect that it is baby Rand, with the understanding that he was not Tam’s biological son as revealed before.

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Flash forward to the present day, Moiraine and Lan make their way across the blight while Egwene, Perrin and Nynaeve are panicked and wait in the city to track down the two through Moiraine’s tell (which Nynaeve had previously used) but, the city isn’t a safe place anymore. Two parallel journeys take place in The Wheel of Time Finale, much like any other- one where we find Lan & Moiraine encountering the Dark One and a battle that takes place in Fal Dara.

Revelations come to light, especially the connection that Min saw in the last episode that makes all five of our protagonists important as each one of them has a part to play in the Wheel. We see Rand confront the Dark One and be lured, but what is his final decision is still yours to find out by watching the show. There are also unexpected casualties and the fate of Mat is determined in The Wheel of Time finale.

The Wheel of Time Finale: The Ultimate Verdict

Moiraine says it first even though we all could predict that this wasn’t the last battle but, the first of many to come indicating that not only is this is the first season of the show, but also that the show makers are going to delve deeper into the books. Also, the end of the episode introduces us to a new villain to come and ends with a brilliant scene of an ocean wave rising that serves as the metaphor for the tides of troubles never rest.

There is no denying that the first two episodes of The Wheel of Time meticulously took time to set a foundation and separate our characters to put them on their individual journeys and that is why it doesn’t hit as strongly as The Wheel of Time episode 4 and everything after. The series is taking its time in re-creating Robert Jordan’s world for the screen and it seems to be good so far.

Let us hope The Wheel of Time Season 2 arrives soon and reveals to us what happens next to the characters and their story. Meanwhile, you can watch The Wheel of Time Finale (Season 1, Episode 8) now on Amazon Prime Video.

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The Wheel of Time Finale is determined by the events in episode 8 which includes an unseen battle and confronting the Dark One.


  1. I agree with the other comment. What has been added storywise has detracted from the story, and what has been removed has hamstrung the overall story. On top of that, from the very first episode, they not only got the tone wrong, but inconceivably, got the actual genre wrong! Steamy YA? Please! I have trouble understanding companies which go to the expense of obtaining legacy IP to serialize, and then shoot so wide of the mark as to suggest that they had no idea what it was that they purchased in the first place. It could have been great, but at it’s best it is simply frustrating to watch such a ham handed bungling of a great tale, and at it’s worst it is just bad writing and bad production. At least the marketing department works, as is testified by these sorts of online “reviews”.

    • I understand that a certain segment of the audience will not like the show, especially the ones who have read the books. However, it is difficult to have a clean slate and perceive the series if you have your expectations set as high as the book. Adaptations never do justice. The review is solely from the perspective of a person who has not read the books and only has the series for reference.

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The Wheel of Time Finale Review: Moiraine and Rand Finally Confront the Dark OneThe Wheel of Time Finale is determined by the events in episode 8 which includes an unseen battle and confronting the Dark One.