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The Wheel of Time, S2 E2: Strangers and Friends

This episode gives us a look at post-Eye Rand, Liandrin's attempt to recruit Nynaeve to .... something, Elayne Daughter-Heir of Andor (!), more rough times for Lan and Moiraine, and the Extremely Dramatic Return of the Seanchan (plus Ishamael?!).

Contains spoilers for book plotlines and character arcs (and therefore possibly show plotlines and character arcs).

This was recorded during the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes of 2023 but posted once both strikes ended.

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