The Daily Trolloc (79)

Weekly Issue 79.
Wheel of Time TV News
This week we had the double script reveal, Episode 104: The Dragon Reborn and Episode 106: The Flame of Tar Valon. Whether it was intentional or not is up for debate. Before Narg gets into that lets watch some Daniel B Greene...and his cat...


For those that don't want to watch Daniel, here's the gist of what he posits:
  • The double script reveal was intentional
  • EotW will be done in 5 episodes, and another 5 for tGH to complete season one.
  • His cat looks tasty.
  • Don't freak out about changes or about EotW only being 5 episodes.
Ok, so lets go through that point by point.

Double script reveal: Narg lists, for and against points/questions for it being intentional, and lets you decide.

Original

Enhanced

For:
  • Why would Ep 6 be behind a Title page for Ep 4?
  • The two title pages are formatted differently to allow you to see the script on the page underneath.
  • The lighting from the candles was strategically placed to allow the text to show through more.
  • How could Rafe not see it?
Against:
  • Rafe has previously given away more than he probably intended to in tweets on at least two different occasions.
  • Why reveal two scripts and their writers at once, when he doesn't have to?
  • Rafe has a "thing" for candle arrangements. The candles could be nothing more than him mixing two things he loves, candles and WoT.
  • The text we can see, may not be from the page underneath. It could be ghosting that wasn't visible to the naked eye, but exposed by the flash. "ghosting, when light images from previous print jobs appear on newly printed pages". If that was the case, and Rafe has a low res phone screen, it's entirely plausible that he could have missed it.
  • It's a 5 not a 6 and Rafe has all the title pages for the scripts bound together for some reason. 
  • Why would he skip episode 5?
The only point/question that Narg is going to address is the last one. Lets say it was intentional. One possible reason why he may have wanted us to see the title for Ep 6 is that he knew the title for Ep 4 'The Dragon Reborn', would lead some people to freak out over the possibility that EotW was being "compressed" into only four episodes. Revealing the title for Ep 6 'The Flame of Tar Valon', lets us know that it's likely Ep 5 is the final episode of EotW, and Ep 6 the start of tGH(assuming people are getting the pacing correct). Maybe Rafe thought people would freak out less over five episodes than four? He also may not have been ready to reveal the writer for Ep5, whereas Narg had already put Justine's(assuming the smudged name is indeed hers) name out there...Seems a bit convoluted to Narg...but who knows how a writers mind works???

EotW 5 episodes + tGH 5 episodes = Season 1:

Based on what has been put out there by Rafe, and that the majority of Amazon original dramas are 10 episodes, that does seems plausible, and even likely, but it would be no fun to just accept that as the only possible outcome, so Narg will put forward some alternatives...
  • If we accept that they have done EotW in 5 episodes, then it's entirely possible that tGH could be done in only 4, as it is about 70-100 pages shorter(depending on the format). Doing season one in nine instead of ten episodes, means they have more money to spend on each episode, assuming they have a fixed overall budget. I.e. 100m / 10 = 10m per Ep v 100m / 9 = 11.1m per Ep(averaged out). The extra money would come in handy given season one would have two large battle sequences with the One Power being thrown around, several small fights with Trollocs, plus the Seanchan beasts. To maintain a high level of quality over more episodes, with less money would require accepting more compromises/cuts to the original material.
  • Do they really need to cover both books in the first season? Why not eight(or nine) episodes ending with Egwene being captured? Done right that and the trip through the portal stones by Rand and co, would INO be big enough moments to wow/shock the audience, and leave them wanting more. It also pushes some big budget scenes into the second season. 8 into 100m =  12.5m per Ep which means having to compromise even less.
Whether people binge 8 episodes or 10, makes no difference to Amazon. Their not selling ad space, and the only things that Narg assumes are important to them would be overall cost, how many new subs it drives, and how many people watch the whole season. 

His cat looks tasty: If Daniel B Greene's cat goes missing, Narg didn't do it...just say'n...

Don't freak out about changes or about EotW only being 5 episodes:

Sound advice, and Daniel voices it very eloquently. The only thing Narg will add is that Robert Jordan himself thought that each book would require five or six hours of content per book. Five hours for two of the shorter books in the series, is very much inline with RJ's thinking...

If RJ wouldn't have freaked out...Narg doesn't see why we should. 

In Related News

Amazon Prime Video ran a poll on twitter. The WoT community rallied and took us from last place to a convincing win! Yay us!


Narg conducted his bi-monthly sentiment poll. There has been quite a few bits of news since the last one...the news flow hasn't really moved the needle all that much. Sentiment seems pretty fixed for now...


General Wheel of Time News

Tor revealed the cover for the old/new non Wheel of Time Robert Jordan book being published in October:


October seems to be the month Tor start to try and cash in on the building TV show hype(should be in full swing if filming does start in September), as they are also launching new covers for WoT. The following Tor editions were spotted on Amazon UK for release in October:


Members of the Brown and Blue Ajah's were snapped taking a walk in the park...can you spot the Warder/s???


Featured Art






See ya next week...oh yeah, the Warder was behind the camera...and Narg is on the ::cough:: ::cough:: sorry... furball... ::cough:: "For" side...😉

What we know(officially): 

Status: Greenlit "Pre-production"
Network - Amazon Prime Video
Production Studio - Sony Pictures Television
Production Company - Radar Pictures
Show Runner - Rafe Judkins
Assistant to Rafe: Patrick Strapazon
Executive Producers - Ted FieldMike WeberDarren LemkeRed Eagle
Consulting Producer - Harriet McDougal
Book Consultant - Sarah Nakamura
Episode Length - 1 hour ~
Episode Titles - 101: Leavetaking, 102: Shadow's Waiting, 103: A Place of Safety

Not officially confirmed:
Filming Location: Prague(Czech Republic)
Filming start date: September 2019
Writers: Justine Gillmer
Episode 6: The Flame of Tar Valon

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