Welcome to the Completely Not-at-All Accurate WoT Show Meme Recap!

(Warning: Spoilers for Episodes 1-5)

Two panel meme. One, Moiraine and two other Aes Sedai walk solemnly holding boards. "Pie Jesu domine, dona eis requiem." Two, they hit their own faces with their boards. "THWACK!"

Episode 5, titled “Blood Calls Blood,” begins with a rare look into Aes Sedai and Warder rituals. After the attack from Logain’s army, the Sisters put to rest their fallen and perform funeral rites for the lost. After which, they begin their long journey home.

Four Panel Meme. One, Moiraine and Lan ride together. Lan: "A long time since we've been home." Two, a shot of JordanCon host hotel Crowne Plaza. Three, Moiraine: "Do you really consider it home?" Four, Lan: "Don't you?"

But Nynaeve and the Aes Sedai aren’t the only ones heading to Tar Valon. Rand and Mat make their way there as well.  And along the way we get a nice bit of foreshadowing.

Three Panel meme. One, Mat and Rand look off in the distance. Rand: "That Mountain... I think I've seen it before. Panel 2, The Mountain stands amongst trees. Panel 3, Mat: "Blood and ashes, we'll never escape the Game of Thrones comparisons."

Perrin and Egwene, along with the Tinkers, are headed to the White Tower too. But they have a run-in with the White Cloaks and, unfortunately, Child Valda recognizes them. Mistaking the two for Aes Sedai and Warder, Valda kidnaps them and subjects them to his own special brand of torture.

Three panel meme. 1, A Vogon reads his poetry. 2. Egwene tries to escape her bonds. 3. Perrin's scream are muffled as he's tied up.

Back at Tar Valon, Mat gets sicker and we meet a new (old) friend. Plus, Rand continues to look like a certain Jedi.

4 panel meme. 1, Loial: "I am very excited to meet a Skywalker." 2. Rand: "I'm not a Skywalker." 3, Loial: "Please, I'm in the 501st. I know a Skywalker when I see one. But do stay away from the south tower. That's where the Warder Younglings are. 4. Rand stares in confusion.

But when Rand sees a procession on the streets below, Loial is left behind because our hasty humans just have to see the false Dragon paraded through the streets of the white city.

4 panel meme. 1. Logain smiles up at a balcony. 2. Statler and Waldorf on the Balcony: "Logain Ablar? More like No Brains So Far!" 3. "OH HO HO HO HO HO!" 4, Logain glares at the insult.

Elswhere in the tower…  more Aes Sedai/Warder Rituals.

Stepin casts his Aes Sedai's ring into lava. Gollum screams.

Later that evening after Liandrin gives Nynaeve some interesting directions, Loial returns to Rand’s hotel and brings Rand the person he’s been looking for. (Or at least the one Loial THINKS Rand’s been looking for.)

3 Panel Meme. 1, Loial: "Rand Al'Thor. I found the woman you keep talking about. Also I believe shes' on your computer." 2. Reveal it's Gwen Stacy from the Amazing Spiderman. 3. Rand stares in confusion.

Over at the White Cloak camp, Valda tries to get Egwene and Perrin to decide which one of them dies. But they escape both with the help of some wolves, and some well timed channeling from Egwene.

Egwene channels light into her hand, it becomes Navi who says, "Hey! Listen!"

And finally, we return to the White Tower for even more Aes Sedai/Wader rituals.

1. Lan looks sad. 2. Moiraine looks sad. 3. Lan along with three Klingons scream over Stepin's body, sending him on to Stovokor.

May Lan meet Stepin once again in Stovokor.

Episode 5 was the best yet. Our characters are moving right along to the end of the season, and each one of them continues to discover new things about themselves. The move from Caemlyn in the books to Tar Valon in the show makes budgetary sense and also gives us an early look into Aes Sedai politics—which will become very important. The additions of the many rituals give us insights that were mostly revealed in internal monologues. We really get to see not only how important the Aes Sedai/Warder bond is, but what effects its sudden loss can cause.

As far as things that were very similar to the books go, Loial was perfect. I’ll admit, when I first saw him my reaction was rough. He’s smaller than he should be, and he doesn’t look even close to how I pictured him. But as soon as Hammed Animashaun opened his mouth, I was sold. The voice, the mannerisms, the personality… I just can’t wait to get more Loial, son of Arent, son of Halan. The next episode can’t get here soon enough!

Now it’s time for your free meme template! This one comes from the current episode, and I think there’s a lot of potential here.

1. You finally discover what you're good at - Valda looks happy. 2. It's making memes. Valda looks upset.

Now let’s see what you’ve got! Until next week, remember: the Wheel memes as the Wheel wills.

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