Warning: spoilers ahead for The Wheel of Time series 1 finale.
The Wheel of Time series 1 finale brought the complex tale to a close in spellbinding fashion, as Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) inched closer to fulfilling the prophecy of the Dragon Reborn.
With the Amazon Prime Video TV show already confirmed for series 2, the ending of episode eight left an array of cliffhangers that fans will undoubtedly want answered in the near future.
Viewers were given a small insight into Rand’s heritage, discovering that his mother died on a battlefield giving birth to him, and the man he grew up believing was his father was a soldier who adopted him as his own.
Rand is aware that he has a power growing inside of him, realising that he is the Dragon Reborn and venturing to the Eye of the World with Moiraine so that he can defeat the Dark One once and for all.
The Wheel of Time series 1 ending explained
Rand faces the Dark One as the Dragon Reborn
At the beginning of the episode, a futuristic society that existed 3,000 previously is revealed, where the previous Dragon Reborn – Lews Therin Telamon (Alexander Kalim) – tried to take on the Dark One with an army of male channelers.
While he managed to secure the Dark One at the Eye of the World, his efforts resulted in all male channelers from then on being reduced to madness when they use the One Power.
In the present day, having realised that he is the new Dragon Reborn, Rand informs Moiraine, who masks her bond with Lan (Daniel Henney) so that she and Rand can travel to the Eye of the World alone.
Despite the Dark One’s greatest attempts to entice Rand to embrace the dark side – by showing him what a future with Egwene (Madeleine Madden) could look like – the young man fights back, seemingly destroying the villain by using a special object to amplify his power.
Afterwards, Rand tells Moiraine that he has sensed the madness within him, and so departs on his own for fear of hurting anyone, asking Moiraine to promise that she’ll make the others believe that he’s dead.
Moiraine loses her power as the Dark One is seemingly defeated
One of the biggest consequences from Rand’s face-off with the Dark One is that Moiraine loses the ability to use the One Power.
When Lan finds her, he implores her to unmask their bond – but she can’t, meaning that they may no longer be able to share the connection of an Aes Sedai with their Warder.
She also comes to a sudden and terrifying realisation – that this wasn’t the final battle after all, but just the first.
We suspect the Dark One will be back.
Egwene brings Nynaeve back from the dead
Having been provided with refuge inside the borderland city, Egwene, Nynaeve (Zöe Robins) and everyone else inside are faced with the threat of an army of Trollocs on their doorstep.
Egwene and Nynaeve join the other women on the battlefield who are able to channel, using their combined abilities to destroy the swarm of monstrous creatures charging for them.
While they are successful, the power is too great, with the women being burnt to death one by one by the sheer force of it.
Nynaeve, always looking out for the other members of the group for whom she feels responsible, sacrifices herself for Egwene, dying in her friend’s arms.
However, Egwene demonstrates the power of her own channeling abilities, as she’s able to bring Nynaeve back to life.
In season two, we have a feeling we could see the pair make their way to the White Tower to train to become members of the Aes Sedai.
Perrin discovers Padan Fain’s true allegiance and Mat returns
Having spotted Padan Fain (Johann Myers) in town, the peddler who would come to their village on an annual basis to sell lanterns and trinkets, Perrin (Marcus Rutherford) discovers that he’s actually tied up in a dodgy allegiance.
It turns out that Padan Fain is a Darkfriend, a person loyal to the Dark One who has been watching Perrin and his friends, aware of the important role they’re all going to play in the days to come.
Meanwhile, having left his friends ahead of their journey to the Eye of the World, Mat (Barney Harris) makes his return, wrapped up in a dark cloak.
Is he still going to be drawn to the darkness? Or has he had a change of heart?
The Seanchan arrive
The first series of The Wheel of Time ends with the arrival of a new force – the Seanchan.
In The Wheel of Time, the Seanchan empire is located thousands of miles away across the sea.
Now, they want to reclaim the continent that their ancestors hailed from, in a move called the Return, which they plan to do with their imposing army.
Not only do they have plenty of warriors at their disposal, but the Seanchan also use enslaved channelers to carry out their missions, which means members of the Aes Sedai and other people who can channel may be at risk in future.
The Wheel of Time is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.