“The Wheel weaves as the Wheel wills…”
Robert Jordan’s beloved high fantasy series The Wheel of Time is coming to the screen. Finally. The first book, The Eye of the World, arrived on shelves in 1990. And now, decades later, Prime Video is bringing the world of Rand al’Thor, Matrim Cauthon, Perrin Aybara and so many more to life. It’s a rich story, dense with lore, magic, and about a million characters. The Wheel of Time series contains 14 novels (and a prequel), with Brandon Sanderson completing the last three books after Jordan’s passing. Adapting that much story is a challenge, and a TV series seems like the best way to approach it.
If you don’t know what The Wheel of Time is all about, read this article. Essentially, it’s a sprawling take on the Chosen One myth with adventure, romance, and kick-ass women ( Aes Sedai) wielding a type of magic. If you’re ready to learn everything we know about The Wheel of Time TV series so far, keep reading.
How The Wheel of Time Will Be Adapted
Season one has eight episodes, and showrunner Rafe Judkins has said it will pull from books one, two, and three. It’s likely the events of season one will largely follow The Eye of the World though.
Season one’s directors include Uta Briesewitz, Wayne Yip, Salli Richardson Whitfield, and Ciaran Donnelly. Rafe Judkins is serving as showrunner We know titles for the first six episodes:
- “Shadow’s Waiting”
- “A Place of Safety”
- “The Dragon Reborn”
- “Blood Calls Blood”
- “The Flame of Tar Valon”
The latest trailer, wow. It hints at the epic-ness of the world and all the danger ahead.
Amazon recently shared a new clip that features Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) explaining the history of the world and the impetus of her quest. She tell us about the Dragon in very Galadriel-esque tones, and that she is searching for the Dragon Reborn.
The Wheel of Time books have a massive cast. Like, Game of Thrones has nothing on this series. Judkins has mentioned that he’s not cutting a ton of characters either. Bless him.
Amazon announced the first actor in June 2019: Rosamund Pike as the indomitable Aes Sedai Moiraine Damodred. She’s at the heart of this story. The first character Prime Video revealed a look at is Moiraine. Amazon shared the news of other key cast members in succession:
- Madeleine Madden as Egwene al’Vere
- Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara
- Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon
- Zoë Robins as Nynaeve al’Meara
- Josha Stradowski as Rand al’Thor
Additionally, we have all these amazing folks:
Daniel Henney as al’Lan Mandragoran, Michael McElhatton as Tam Al’Thor, Álvaro Morte as Logain Ablar, Hammed Animashun as Loial, Alexandre Willaume as Thom Merrilin, Johann Myers as Padan Fain, Lolita Chakrabarti as Marin Al’Vere, Michael Tuahine as Bran Al’Vere, David Sterne as Cenn Buie, Christopher Sciueref as Abell Cauthon, Juliet Howland as Natti Cauthon, Mandi Symonds as Daise Conger, Abdul Salis as Eamon, Stuart Graham as Geofram, Pasha Bocarie as Master Grinwell, Jennifer Preston as Mistress Grinwell, Izuka Hoyle as Dana, Darren Clarke as Basel Gill, Maria Doyle Kennedy as Illa, Narinder Samra as Raen, Daryl McCormack as Aram, Sophie Okonedo as Amyrlin Seat Siuan Sanche, and Kae Alexander as Min Farshaw.
Season one of The Wheel of Time will debut on November 19, 2021 with the first three episodes dropping at once.
Season two is currently filming.
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Originally published October 28, 2020.