The Wheel of Time Screentime, S1 Moiraine
And I am back for another screentime post, this time on my favorite mysterious gay witch. As always you can check #wot screentime for all of my posts related to this topic.
Moiraine had a total of 2h52m29s of screentime, in which she was asleep for 1m19s, unconscious for 13m13s, and dead in Rand's dream for 2m34s. After removing another 7s of voiceover, this leaves about 2h35m16s of "in-scene" screentime to Moiraine, i.e. time where she is physically present and conscious. This represents about 35.8% of the total show length (7h13m13s).
Note: for the rest of this post, I will only be talking about in-scene screentime, as this is usually the most relevant in terms of character development.
Moiraine spent about 56m32s in "duo" scenes, i.e. scenes where Moiraine and another named character were the only two physically present and conscious characters in the scene. This represents about 36.4% of her in-scene screentime for season 1. Overall, 46.5% of her in-scene screentime was spent on scenes with 3 or less named characters, a 7.5% drop from Rand's numbers. In particular, she spent a lot more of her time on scenes with 6 named characters than Rand (19.7% versus 10.9%).
It's not much of a surprise, but a third of her time was spent on Ep6, while only 1% was on Ep3 (in which she was mostly unconscious, except for 1m31s at the end of it). It's significantly less balanced than for Rand, whose screentime didn't go in such highs and lows.
Still, it was a very decent amount of screentime, with a very decent amount of solo/duo time per episode. She was also regularly on the front of group scenes, like for most of those scenes in Ep2 (including that 3m Manetheren speech) or most of the Hall scenes in Ep6 (*cough* 5m exile oath scene).
Except for the outliers Ep3 and Ep6, Moiraine got between almost 13m to 23m of "in-scene" screentime per episode.
Moiraine spent some amount of in-scene screentime with 38 different named characters this season. Lan, her Warder, was obviously the character she spent the most time with, for about 1h14m16s.
All of the main cast got to spend a significant amount of time with Moiraine, but Perrin and Mat were the only one not to get a duo or trio scene with her. This is fairly consistent with the books, as she introduces Egwene and Nynaeve to the Aes Sedai world and plays a role of mentor to Rand for a few books after the Dragon Reborn reveal.
Those relationships are also fairly obvious when taking a look at her duo times.
She had about 15m34s of duo time with Lan, usually distributed in small amounts between the different episodes.
Her 12m52s with Rand were mostly focused on the question and role of the Dragon Reborn, from their 59s discussion in Ep6 after she healed Mat, to their time in Ep7 (57s) and Ep8 (10m31s) where they traveled to the Eye of the World to fight against the Dark One.
Moiraine spent 6m45s of duo time with Egwene, and 3m36s with Nynaeve. IMO, the discussions she had with them are fairly similar. In Ep1, she tested Nynaeve to find out whether she could be the Dragon Reborn, and tested Egwene's power level in Ep2. In Ep5, Moiraine warned Nynaeve about other Aes Sedai and the Tower politics, and warned Egwene about Perrin's secret in Ep6. All of those conversations served as introductions to the Aes Sedai world, their oath, their politics, and their dangers.
It's a good time to remind you that Moiraine spent 6m7s with Siuan in their fish hut and that was my favorite 6m7s of the show. Yes, I still think they are endgame.
No trio chart for Moiraine, because there's not much happening in that regard. Her most relevant trio scene would be the 3m05s Alanna/Logain scene in Ep4 (which I could almost consider as a duo scene since Logain was just sitting around, for a total of 5m37s of discussion with Alanna). She also had 1m21s with Lan and Nynaeve, when she brought the woman to the Warder quarter in Ep5.
Moiraine also had three relevant 4 named characters scenes, all in Ep6:
5m03s with Siuan, Leane, and Maigan, for Moiraine's exile.
3m35s with Siuan, Egwene, and Nynaeve, where Moiraine did not say a word but looks can reveal so much more.
2m21s with Mat, Lan, and Rand, where Moiraine healed Mat from the dagger's influence.
And that's it! As always, here's a link to the data.
Mesaana: Moghedien is obviously the most useless of the Forsaken. I mean, I practically have the entire White Tower under my control and she can't even deal with one Accepted who can't even channel most of the time.
Moghedien: I'd like to see you do better.
Mesanna: Oh you will. By nightfall I'll have Nynaeve al'Meara under my thumb or under the ground.
Moghedien: So, how did it go?
Mesanna, limping in with two black eyes and a broken nose: I don't want to talk about it.