Review: ‘The Wheel of Time’ Episode 6 “The Flame of Tar Valon”

The sixth episode of The Wheel of Time, “The Flame of Tar Valon,” introduces audiences to the  Amyrlin Seat, Siuan Sanche (Sophie Okonedo), the leader of the Aes Sedai in the White Tower in Tar Valon. 

Where the previous episodes have focused on the five characters from the Two Rivers, “The Flame of Tar Valon” gives us a crash-course into the Aes Sedai and the history that Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) shares with Siuan. 

In the wake of Stepin’s death, the Aes Sedai hold court to make a decision about the False Dragon Logain Albar (Álvaro Morte) and Moiraine’s past actions are called into question by Liandrin Guirale (Kate Fleetwood) causing further turmoil. 

Liandrin essentially blames Moiraine for everything that occurred at the camp, leading Siuan to deliver a fitting punishment for Moiraine’s inaction. 

While Moiraine and the Aes Sedai are the central plot of the sixth episode, the rest of the cast are certainly not forgotten. 

Early on in the episode, Moiraine discovers where Nynaeve (Zoë Robins) has gone and she cures Mat (Barney Harris) of the darkness that has been making him sick.