Wheel of Time Star Explains Purpose of Bathtub Scene

Daniel Henney, the actor who plays Lan Mandragoran in Prime Video's epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time, shed some light on the shared bathtub scene between him and co-star Rosamund Pike from the first episode.

In a recent interview with TV Guide, both Henney and Pike shared new details about their pivotal characters in the series. When asked about how the performers built an on-screen rapport between the Aes Sedai Moiraine and her Warder Lan with all their shared history from the Wheel of Time novels, each actor chose different moments from the show to reflect on. Pike drew from a later episode where the quiet connection between the two is poked fun at by a different Aes Sedai and Warder while Henney picked their moment in the tub together to illustrate their bond.

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"There's a later episode where another Aes Sedai and her Warder joke about how awful our dinners must be because we barely speak to one another," Pike shared. "Which I find quite funny, because we have this communication that goes beyond words, it's a very sort of in-tune, very comfortable dynamic."

"I can only imagine us and the end of this long journey, having not spoken for hours and hours, and feeling completely fulfilled," Henney added. "Like we've communicated the whole time. I don't know: I think it was probably smart for the writers to put us naked in a bathtub for the first episode because it really broke the ice quickly. And after that, it felt like we had nothing left to hide."

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The bond between Warder and Aes Sedai is a special one. The show has only begun to touch on it, showing Lan's devotion to Moiraine's safety, both on the battlefield as they fight Trollocs in the Two Rivers and after as they flee with the five youths while her health deteriorates. He's forced to make hard decisions, taking the traveling party into the cursed city of Shadar Logoth to hide from the Army of the Dark.

The novels reveal more information about this bond, the benefits and downsides of it and how it is formed. Much like the Three Oaths that Moiraine explains about to Egwene in the second episode, "A Place of Safety," the bond is forged by the One Power. It gives Warders many special abilities, such as being able to go prolonged stretches without food, water or sleep. They are also able to sense not only the emotional and physical states of their Aes Sedai but how far away they may be and in what general direction if they are separated.

Different Ajahs also have different relationships with the practice. Some, like the Green Sisters, take on two or even more Warders at once. Others, such as the Red and White, rarely -- if ever -- take one, though for very different reasons. The bond plays a key role for Moiraine and Lan several times throughout the novels and has already come in handy during the first three episodes. The actors' responses show that they're aware of that deep and useful connection their characters share.

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Source: TV Guide

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