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As much as I like Cavill, the WItcher pacing is kind of crap. So far I am really enjoying Wheel of Time FAR more than the Witcher once I got through the first really slow 25 minutes.
Interesting. I would’ve improved the first episode by extending the first half hour. Really doubling it. I felt the shit hit the fan too quickly and we didn’t know or care about the characters. The subsequent two episodes really helped with that, but I would’ve liked to see more everyday life of the main characters early on. I’ve alluded to this, but the first book didn’t really grab me in terms of story. It felt very derivative of LotR and the good humans vs bad beasts just wasn’t that compelling to me. The thing that kept me going to the next books in the series was the characters. The main characters and their interactions were definitely the best part of the first book for me and I wanted more of that. The good news is that, starting in book two you get more human character bad guys. I won’t go into spoilers but there are more interesting and nuanced bad guys coming; more Lannister than White Walker.
 
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Episode four is the best yet IMO. It’s also going to infuriate those that want a slavishly faithful book adaptation. I quite like that I’m enjoying the series as its own thing and I don’t 100% know what’s coming next. But the core, the heart and soul of the story is there. This is such a big world that the series still has a lot of heavy exposition, but it’s starting to be handled more deftly.
 

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Episode 4 was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed the way multiple narrative threads were delivered succinctly without undue exposition. The visual effects are really growing on me too. Obviously things are being skipped or conflated to save time but it's really working for me. I particularly liked the representation of
Matt's corruption as though a piece of Marshadar lives within him now, very cool visual storytelling.
 

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Episode 4 was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed the way multiple narrative threads were delivered succinctly without undue exposition. The visual effects are really growing on me too. Obviously things are being skipped or conflated to save time but it's really working for me. I particularly liked the representation of
Matt's corruption as though a piece of Marshadar lives within him now, very cool visual storytelling.
Barney Harris is so good as Mat. Not sure why he’s not returning but it’s clearly not related to his on screen performance.
 

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I've been recommended this. Will a moody, cynical git like me (who's not that big into swords and sorcery and hasn't read the books) get anything out of watching WoT?
 

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I've been recommended this. Will a moody, cynical git like me (who's not that big into swords and sorcery and hasn't read the books) get anything out of watching WoT?
Hard to say. I think it’s very well done. I didn’t grow up a fantasy fan or playing D&D, etc. My first real toe dip in fantasy was the Fellowship of the Ring movie. I’ve since loved the GoT series and read the LotRs books. I started the WoT book series with my kids but they were bored by it. I, however, loved the series. It’s way heavier in the sword and sorcery aspects of fantasy than GoT is, but for me, it’s all about the characters. And I think the show is doing a good job there. If you do start watching, I’d say only do so if you’re prepared to watch the first four episodes at least. It takes a while to get its footing as there is so much exposition to deal with the establish the world of the series. My wife hasn’t read the books and isn’t really a fantasy fan and she’s enjoying the TV series FWIW.
 

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Barney Harris is so good as Mat. Not sure why he’s not returning but it’s clearly not related to his on screen performance.
Wait, what?

Edit: Just read the news. That's so sad. Recasts aren't the end of the world but Barney is doing great. Pity.

I’d say only do so if you’re prepared to watch the first four episodes at least.

I'd agree with this assessment. I'm actually really looking forward to rewatching the first episode now that in fully committed to this adaptation. As a fan of the world I personally am very satisfied with the show.
 
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Wait, what?

Edit: Just read the news. That's so sad. Recasts aren't the end of the world but Barney is doing great. Pity.



I'd agree with this assessment. I'm actually really looking forward to rewatching the first episode now that in fully committed to this adaptation. As a fan of the world I personally am very satisfied with the show.
I don’t want to get into idle speculation, but here’s some idle speculation 🤣. I’m guessing there was either some very personal issues he’s going through or he had some incident on set or with conflict with the cast or crew. He’s been completely absent from any promotions and very suddenly disappeared from all social media just before it was announced he wasn’t coming back for season two.
 
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