The wheel of time turns with no beginning or end, and sometimes it ends up at San Diego Comic-Con. Amazon Prime Video brought The Wheel of Time TV series showrunner Rafe Judkins to the convention for a virtual panel. No, we did not get a trailer for the show based on Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy. And yes, we tugged our braids in appropriate Nynaeve fashion about it. But we did get something exciting—two things, really. We got a teaser poster and a premiere month! Season one of The Wheel of Time will debut in November 2021. Meanwhile, they’ve already begun filming season two.
Let’s take a quick look at the poster and then get into the details. Just look at this beauty.
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That’s Rosamund Pike as Moiraine Damodred, an Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah, at the center. Moiraine kicks off the events of The Wheel of Time when she travels to Emond’s Field in search of the Dragon Reborn. She’s a powerful channeler of the One Power, as well as a determined and quite crafty member of the Aes Sedai. I cannot think of better casting than Rosamund Pike.
Moiraine wears a blue cloak, symbolic of her Ajah. In The Wheel of Time book series, Jordan notes her sky-blue velvet cloak more than once (as he does with a lot of clothing details). Vines and flowers in silvery embroidery decorate the edges. If you zoom in on the poster, you can kind of see a pattern on the back of the cloak.
The Wheel of Time ouroboros jumps out behind the logo. Called the great serpent in the novels, the symbol represents the cyclical nature of time. Many Aes Sedai wear a gold ring of the serpent eating its own tails. And Moiraine possibly stands in front of a Waygate. If you haven’t read the books, well… Waygates are basically a means of accessing the Ways, an area outside of reality.
As cool as all of that is, the most exciting aspect of the poster sparkles on the bottom left. These threads of various hues sure look like the One Power. The One Power! On the screen! That’s like the magic, or the Force, of this world. Channelers of the One Power see “threads” of it and “weave” it into actions. In other words, those who have channeling abilities can see the One Power in action—whether they’re wielding it themselves or watching someone else. How the show will illustrate the One Power has been a big question. We look forward to seeing it action. Maybe when get a trailer. One day.
November can’t get here quickly enough.