Editor’s notice: The beneath incorporates spoilers for Season 2 of The Wheel of Time.
The Wheel of Time Season 2 is nearing its finale this week, promising an epic conclusion to many subplots, together with the chance that Rand (Josha Stradowski) shall be declared because the Dragon in a prophesied battle within the sky over Falme. However what’s the prophecy of the Dragon Reborn, precisely, and the way does the earlier Dragon now we have seen, Lews Therin Telamon (Alexander Karim), match into the image? The Dragon Reborn is the one who will save or break the world on this turning of the Wheel, bringing many occasions with simply their presence within the Sample, all foretold inside this prophecy. However there’s rather more to the Prophecy of the Dragon than the present has delivered up to now.
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The First Dragon, Lews Therin Telamon, Is Revealed in ‘The Wheel of Time’ Season 1
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Three thousand years previous to Rand discovering he’s the Dragon Reborn, Lews Therin Telamon was the earlier Dragon within the Age of Legends when males may very well be Aes Sedai alongside ladies. That is the place the Forsaken referred to as Lanfear (Natasha O’Keeffe) hails from as nicely — she and Lews have been beforehand lovers, and it is why she typically refers to Rand “Lews.” Within the Season 1 finale’s chilly open, we see the then-Amyrlin (Tamyerlin) Seat, Latra Posae Decume (Katie Brayben), who’s warning Lews in opposition to caging the Darkish One. Caging him can be an effort to cease his affect from touching the world ever once more, however would additionally expose the One Energy to him. Latra had the foresight to see what would occur: Aes Sedai males inflicting the Breaking of the World due to Lews’ actions.
Nonetheless, we all know Lews Therin adopted by along with his plan, promising a greater world for his daughter to stay in. It did not work, after all; Latra was proper, the Darkish One corrupted the male half of the supply, inflicting all males who might channel to go mad. The Dragon’s different title, Lews Therin Kinslayer, comes from after the Darkish One’s corruption. Lews Therin goes mad, identical to another man, and murders his complete household. After realizing the atrocities he is dedicated, he attracts an excessive amount of of the One Energy to burn himself out and causes the formation of Dragonmount, the mountain outdoors of Tar Valon. There has not been a lot within the precise present about Lews Therin aside from the truth that he was the earlier Dragon, and it was he who set the Breaking in movement — however final season’s finale will seemingly not be the final we see of him
What Is the Karaethon Cycle in ‘The Wheel of Time’?
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The Karaethon Cycle is the total prophecy of the Dragon Reborn, the indicators they’ll carry, and what they’ll do. (It is rather lengthy and incorporates a whole lot of spoilers for the way forward for the collection, so be warned earlier than you go searching it up for your self!) However the present really introduces the Karaethon Cycle by Rand in Season 1, Episode 5. In a Tar Valon library, Rand first meets the pleasant Ogier, Loial (Hammed Animashaun), whereas selecting up a duplicate of the prophecies, a intelligent trace of foreshadowing for the reveal of his id later within the present. A lot of the prophecy is omitted of the present, just because it’s each an excessive amount of exposition and a whole lot of foreshadowing that may borderline spoil the way forward for the collection. It’s a smart move to disclose it in small bits at a time.
We cannot transcribe the total prophecy right here, however there’s already loads of the Karaethon Cycle that has already been coated — just like the Blood Snow, a battle fought throughout the Aiel Warfare and seen because the chilly open for Episode 7 of the primary and second seasons, which additionally consists of Rand’s start as foretold within the Prophecies: “On the slopes of Dragonmount shall he be born, born of a maiden wedded to no man.” Tigraine Mantear (Magdalena Sittova) provides start to Rand on the slopes of Dragonmount after combating a battle, the place Tam al’Thor (Michael McElhatton) finds her. She is an Aiel and a Maiden of the Spear, roles which develop into extra outstanding within the present all through Season 2, particularly with the early introduction of Aviendha (Ayoola Sensible).
Whereas not explicitly talked about throughout the Karaethon Cycle, the Horn of Valere can be an vital a part of the prophecy. Not tied to the Dragon Reborn in any approach, the prophecy merely states the Horn of Valere shall be present in time earlier than the Final Battle. Importantly, it doesn’t state who will get the horn. The Horn of Valere can carry again the Nice Heroes of the Sample to battle on the facet of whoever has sounded it. They are going to be a drive to be reckoned with, an influence that should reside on the facet of the Mild. Within the present, the Seanchan, particularly Excessive Lord Turak (Daniel Francis), maintain the Horn of Valere for themselves.
The Dragon is Reborn, and the tip of the Third Age is right here. It is vital not just for the way forward for Rand himself, however for the destiny of all the world, and even the Sample itself. In the latest episode of Season 2, a number of individuals are manipulating Rand to make sure that the prophecy performs out because it ought to. Moiraine has a plan to get him to Falme to declare himself because the Dragon Reborn. The Amyrlin Seat, Siuan Sanche (Sophie Okonedo), has a plan to maintain the Dragon caged, solely rigorously letting him out when they should fulfill the Foretelling. Then the 2 Forsaken, Lanfear and Ishamael (Fares Fares), are additionally making an attempt to get Rand to Falme — not solely so he can declare himself the Dragon Reborn, however in order that they’ll minimize him down after he does so. It is a sport that Rand is within the heart of.
The Karaethon Cycle is a jail for Rand. He has his entire life specified by entrance of him — all that he’ll do and all that he’ll carry into the world. It’s an immense strain for him to hold, and Rand is already expressing his exhaustion from being manipulated by all these round him. What’s going to he do when he realizes that there is no such thing as a escaping his destiny? This prophecy looms over his life and leaves little room for him to decide on. Because it says, he shall be marked, and there shall be a worth to pay:
“Twice and twice shall he be marked,
twice to stay, and twice to die.
As soon as the heron, to set his path.
Twice the heron, to call him true.
As soon as the Dragon, for remembrance misplaced.
Twice the Dragon, for the worth he should pay”
The Season 2 finale of The Wheel of Time premieres Friday on Prime Video.