Performer of the week: Daniel Henney
THE ARTIST | Daniel Henney
THE SHOW | Prime Videos The wheel of time
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THE EPISODE | “Blood calls for blood” (December 3, 2021)
THE PERFORMANCE | After the brutal attack by Logain’s army, The wheel of time this week chronicled Stepin’s mourning for his Aes Sedai, Kerene – as evidenced by and absorbed by Lan Mandragoran of Henney. In doing so, Lan (and we) ended up appreciating the unique and impregnable bond between, precisely, him and Moiraine.
Henney’s performance for much of the episode was still muted unbelievably moving, starting with the way Lan gradually turned his head to consider Moiraine as Stepin put Kerene down. (“Guardians aren’t supposed to outlive their Aes Sedai …” he noted afterward, riding alongside his.)
Arriving in Tar Valon, Lan was there for Stepin (a good Peter Franzén) as his peer recalled how he had become Kereen’s unlikely keeper, and then as he melted the ring that symbolized their bond. Afterwards, Lan visited Moiraine in her apartments – only to kneel down by her side and hold her arm, then her hand. Conveying both loyalty and affection just with one look, Henney let us know that the loss Stepin feels is one that Lan dread never get to experience it.
In a brief, lighter streak, Lan found himself teased by Stepin, regarding how Nynaeve first touched the One Power in order to save the life of his new acquaintance. Did she fall in love with Lan, Stepin wondered? – It’s a bad idea for her, Lan laughed. Stepin postulated that life without love would be intolerable, but Lan argued, “I can tolerate a lot of things.” (That is, he resists all love? Or knows who has already claimed his?)
A few hours later, Lan woke up to realize that Stepin had drugged his drink, in order to slip away and kill himself. Finding his dead friend in the Hall of Fallen Guardians, Lan could only collapse to his knees and rest his head on his shoulder.
What followed was the most significant scene of the hour. With guardians and Aes Sedai all dressed in white for Stepin’s funeral, Lan knelt beside his fallen friend, as some, and gradually all, banged their chests with their fists. Here, Henney and the great lady Rosamund Pike achieve it, so many with just glances exchanged. Thanks to Henney’s performance, you know that Lan feels the weight / almost the burden of his connection to Moiraine – to such an extent that, coupled with his mourning for Stepin, he can’t help but run wild with a series of anguished moans, all as Henney pounded clearly his own red chest at the time.
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