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  1. That isn't quite the way we're talking about PoVs being used, though. One of the first scenes we're going to see channeling is when Moiraine heals Tam. Rand and Lan know she's channeling. But they cannot see the weaves. Moiraine herself can see the weaves. To convey this, you may have the camera over her shoulder, say, showing the weaves. Then pan the camera to Rand looking on, wide eyed, then look over his shoulder, and all you see is Moiraine with a concentrated look, with her hand on Tam, but no weaves visible. But will the audience get that? What about a scene where a guy is using saidin, and a woman saidar. You can switch PoVs, showing the respective weaves in each, but it's just going to be confusing. Especially if they're fighting. To me, it seems they may either have to fully remove the weave invisibility aspect from the show, or handle it by showing other characters react to the effects but not the weaves themselves.
  2. There's no way around it. Conveying point of view in a show is near impossible. Take the first book, when Moiraine is fighting the trollocs. Do you take her point of view, show the weaves, and establish that there's something different about this magic system? Or do you take the PoV of the others and have her wave her staff and cause an earthquake and a wall of fire, like Gandalf? Weaves aren't going to be the most expensive CGI anyway. It is, by definition, unearthly and strange. There's no real world physics or look to follow. Animating that isn't nearly as hard as, say, Trollocs and Ogier.
  3. I doubt they'll be showing it in a viewpoint dependent manner. I suspect the weaves will be shown to us always, but only other channelers will notice or react to the weaves, while others only react to the results, if they're visible.
  4. Oh I wouldn't say she's the most mature person or anything. But a lot of her "reactions" that come across as immature are things Perrin smells, but that she doesn't give voice to at all. I think a flash of jealousy or anger is hardly wrong, if you have the ability to control it and not let it show in your actions. I can remember so many times when Faile is doing the mature thing, but Perrin can smell that inside, she's hurt/angry/jealous, and acts accordingly, further worsening the situation. And as readers, we things from his perspective. His sense of smell is woven into his PoV, so we quickly find ourselves accepting it as reality. But we really shouldn't be judging someone by their thoughts, especially when their actions show that they're able to control those thoughts and NOT act on them. This isn't to say Faile is perfect. Or that she doesn't ever act immature. But you ignore what Perrin smells and she comes across so much more mature, and far less hateable. It's something I only noticed in my third reread or something. Once I did, it's really hard to unsee, and I wish Brandon had actually done something with it, like have Perrin realize that as real as those smells are to him, it's unreasonably to expect Faile to control her innermost thoughts and feelings for him.
  5. Demonstrably not, though. Rahvin, who is very dark skinned, claimed to be a Lord from Western Andor without raising anyone's eyebrows. Including Mat's, who is from Western Andor. The founding queen of Andor is as dark skinned as the darkest skin people's we know of in WoT. Now maybe I'm wrong, and Caucasian encompasses people of very dark skin. But that's certainly not how I've understood the term. But as for the facial features of the Andorans.... We really have nothing from the books that says Caucasian. Not really. The place actors have in your mind depends on the characters they play. And that can and does change with age. They plain don't match his book descriptions, then. Ha. I actually believe that'll be fairly easy to assume. For me, the fact that Egwene is his favorite character made me give him a lot of points. I'm hopeful, honestly, that he'll do well.
  6. Take away Perrin smelling Faile's jealousy, or anger in the later books, and hey presto, she becomes a reasonable, kick-ass, mature adult, while Perrin becomes a whiny, possessive tool. Book 4 Faile was a bit assholey. She got good post their marriage, and Perring just got really bad once his smell senses got better. I think things will be much better in the show.
  7. The folks at Theoryland did some research from the books: https://mobile.twitter.com/Theoryland/status/1162364559539105793?s=09 Their broad conclusion, which is how I pictured things in my head too: While Andorans are usually fair-skinned, there is a lot of variety among Andorans regarding skin color. And, in general, Two Rivers folk are darker-skinned Andorans.
  8. Then why are we assuming he was setting skin color? The very first book makes it explicitly clear Rand is significantly paler skinned than the Emond's Field folk. By no means could one say that of Ben Affleck compared to Val Kilmer, for instance. I don't think RJ was picking actors who looked identical to the descriptions so much as those he thought would embody the personalities well. Which is why he went from actors from very different times. He wasn't talking about his dream cast for a movie, because there was no point in time when these actors could be in a movie together as this set of characters. All we know, from the books, about the Two Rivers folk is that they're darker skinned than Rand, and lighter skinned than the Sea Folk/Tuon, etc. That's a pretty broad spectrum of skin tones.
  9. Just went through some of the Reddit threads. Wow.
  10. I was a little troubled Mat stood out compared to the other Emond's Fielders, too, but he IS a brunette, and they can take care of the eyes. I, too, am glad people of color are gonna take center stage. I had no hope they'd do this, so I was mostly thinking they'd bring in more diversity in the secondary cast. I'm thrilled they proved me wrong. The actress playing Egwene has absolutely huge eyes. Of all the main character features, I thought that would be the one they wouldn't match. I'm surprised at how closely she resembles how I pictured the character in my head. Of course, how well they act is going to matter a lot more, but I find this an encouraging start. The show will look utterly distinct from GoT, which can only help.
  11. Rand says those things to the Dark One about these folks
  12. I'm not disagreeing with your population estimate. Only saying that the army sizes aren't ridiculous. And WoT certainly wasn't in a medieval period, tech wise. The story starts just before the invention of the steam engine. Even leaving aside the printing press surviving the Breaking and Ogier stonemasonry advancing human building skills, the rest of the technological abilities certainly seem closer to Renaissance levels. As for the sense of decline, keep in mind we're starting from a 10 billion world population, in the Age of Legends. Even if the population decreased by 80% over the breaking, that still leaves a starting population of a couple of billion spread over three major landmasses. For one of those to have a population of about a 100 million 3000 years later is a pretty sharp decline.
  13. Well, Tar Valon did control a substantially larger portion of land, previously, during the Compact of Ten nation's, when all the land was controlled by one of the ten. It was a large diamond shape area. This area expanded even more in the Free Years, reaching the city of Cairhein itself. Artur Hawkwing's siege, and the subsequent loss of prestige and power is what resulted in Tar Valon choosing to control far less area than it can, based on it's wealth and military power. The Fourth Age reference to Great Arvalon implies that holding back is going to end. I wouldn't be surprised if the Aiel settle in the Caralain Grass, and up to the Waste, and eventually blend in with the Aes Sedai territory.
  14. The army sizes aren't bizarre, though. Most nations have fairly small armies. The big armies Rand uses are mostly Aiel, who have a much higher percent of their poplulation who are active fighters; and the Legion of the Dragon, which is a multi-nation vlunteer army, the existence of which makes sense given that they all believe the end times are approaching. Same for the massive increase in the Tower's forces. Andor ended up fielding about 200k men, but that was, again, mostly farmers and villagers joining up because of the Civil War, then staying because it was the Last Battle.