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The Forsaken are a group of legendary, infamous channelers who serve the Shadow.

To the Shadow, they are known as the Chosen, for the honor of being selected by the Dark One. To the Aiel, they are known as the Shadowsouled.[1]

History[]

Age of Legends[]

The Forsaken are some of the most powerful channelers to have ever lived. In the Age of Legends, all chose to turn to the Shadow. Each individual Forsaken swore oaths to the Dark One for their own reason, with the most enticing being the gift of immortality.[2]

The Forsaken and the Shadow were defeated in the war against the Dark, though in spite of the Shadow's defeat, saidin was corrupted, leading to the Breaking of the World. The Forsaken did not perish, however, and survived to the Third Age.[3]

Season 1[]

With the Dark One beginning to stir in the years after the Dragon's rebirth, Ishamael begins to touch the dreams of the youths from the Two Rivers who may be the reincarnation of Lews Therin Telamon: Rand al'Thor, Mat Cauthon, Perrin Aybara, and Egwene al'Vere.[4][5][6]

Rand realizes he is the Dragon Reborn, and enters the Blight with Moiraine Damodred, where Ishamael can touch his dreams more directly. Rand and Moiraine still believe that the man is the Dark One, rather than one of the Forsaken. At the Eye of the World, Ishamael tempts Rand with the power of the Dark by showing him a false reality, and cuts Moiraine from the One Power, though she holds a knife to Rand's throat and threatens to kill him if he chooses the Shadow. Rand breaks free of Ishamael's reality and uses his seated man sa'angreal to banish him, and cracks a cuendillar seal. Moiraine realizes that although she had anticipated the Last Battle to be fought in that instant, it is in fact only the first battle with the Shadow.[3]

The Forsaken[]

Changes from the book series[]

The Forsaken are an adaptation of the group of the same name Booklink.svg (book spoilers!) from the book series.

It is presently unknown whether all thirteen Forsaken from the book series will feature in the television series, though Rafe Judkins has mentioned various Forsaken such as Graendal Booklink.svg (book spoilers!), Moghedien Booklink.svg (book spoilers!) and Lanfear Booklink.svg (book spoilers!), making it very likely that these three Forsaken will also appear in the television series.[7] In episode 5 of the first season Stepin has a small collection of statues of the Forsaken and there are eight statues shown, which may indicate the number of Forsaken the show will present.

Trivia[]

  • In the short television film Winter Dragon, Ishamael was portrayed by Billy Zane.
  • Rafe Judkins considers the fact that the Forsaken were corrupted by their desire for power, wisdom, or glory, to be more interesting than the concept of raw evil.[8]

References[]

  1. Official interactive map from Prime Video: The Wheel of Time, under the "Explore" section (login required), the section for the lore is labeled "Mythology". Retrieved November 19, 2021.
  2. Trivia for The Wheel of Time, season 1 episode 5: Blood Calls Blood.
  3. 3.0 3.1 The Wheel of Time, season 1 episode 8: The Eye of the World.
  4. The Wheel of Time, season 1 episode 2: Shadow's Waiting.
  5. The Wheel of Time, season 1 episode 3: A Place of Safety.
  6. The Wheel of Time, season 1 episode 4: The Dragon Reborn.
  7. Twitter thread with Q&A archived: "Part 4, Geofram Bornhald confirmed! #TwitterofTime" March 22, 2020.
  8. IGN with cast and crew, The Wheel of Time: The Dragon and Dark One Explained - IGN First. November 4, 2021.
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