Details We Already Know About Season 2 of The Wheel of Time

Rand (Josha Stradowski) standing looking resolute and wearing a hood

Rand in period 2 of Wheel of Time, involving Prime Video on Sept. 1
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The Wheel of Time is lastly returning, a large alleviation to those that have actually been waiting on the following phase in Amazon’s best high-fantasy adjustment (or, a minimum of, the initial one out of eviction in advance of The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power). Unfortunately, followers still have a little bit of a delay to see what follows for our cherished ta’veren; period 2 isn’t established for launch up until Sept. 1, 2023.

When The Wheel of Time period 1 ended on Amazon in December 2021, it got on a bittersweet note: Yes, Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) and also her Warder Lan (Daniel Henney) had actually discovered Rand (Josha Stradowski), that is the Dragon Reborn. And yes, Egwene (Madeleine Madden) and also Nynaeve (Zoë Robins) had actually entered into their very own powers. And yet, their preliminary assault on the Dark One (Fares Fares) left them all really feeling virtually beat. Rand triggered on his very own to go right into hiding, Perrin (Marcus Rutherford) discovered himself betrayed by a relied on ally, and also Moiraine was mentally removed from her power and also her link with Lan.

It’s a difficult location to end, with all its “one step forward, two steps back” power.

The collection has a major following thinking about seeing them lastly obtain the adjustment they are worthy of. While showrunner Rafe Judkins’ vision made some extreme modifications to the globe of Robert Jordan’s publications, the function was rather favorable. And Prime Video’s The Wheel of Time has already received a third season renewal prior to its 2nd period is level.

While there’s still a little bit of time prior to Wheel of Time reveals us the following adjustment, followers can take another look at the initial period free of charge on Freevee beginning July 14, and also, naturally, take another look at the Wheel of Time globe in Robert Jordan’s cherished publications. And fortunately, we do recognize a couple of aspects of what period 2 will certainly offer The Wheel of Time.

[Ed. note: This post contains spoilers for the second Wheel of Time book, which may be the entire basis for the second season of The Wheel of Time.]

When does Wheel of Time period 2 best?

Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) standing and looking steely in Wheel of Time season 2

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In May, Amazon lastly offered us a launch day: Season 2 of The Wheel of Time will certainly premiere on Prime Video on Sept. 1.

Filming obtained underway in July 2021 (prior to period 1 premiered), so it’s been a while because we reached overtake the ta’veren. That was deliberately, according to Amazon reps.

“We are going to be really thoughtful about how we release these shows,” Vernon Sanders, Amazon Studios’ head of international television, told TV Line in December 2021. “In our minds, they are very different shows, but we are cognizant of our genre fans, and we are excited about the collection of content we have.”

Rand, The Wheel of Time’s Dragon Reborn, remains in for some development

After a great deal of hemming and also hawing over that the wonderful Dragon Reborn can be, it’s… Rand! Just like in guides. But in several postmortem interviews, Judkins bewared to stress that he desires the program to be concerning all 5 of the Two Rivers staff, not simply Rand’s trip as the “chosen one.”

That being claimed, Rand’s face-off with the Dark One established the tone wherefore audiences can get out of future fights. In specific, Judkins desired star Josha Stradowski to develop his very own design of transporting unlike that of the females we’ve seen thus far.

“That was one of the biggest challenges for me was actually the channeling but I was really thankful for the for the books because in the books they [have] a lot of description — beautiful descriptions — about what channeling is for men and how it feels and what it is like,” Judkins told The Wrap in December 2021. “And what I wanted it to be is that you can see that it definitely costs something of you … And, as a man it’s also something that is a dangerous thing as well because that One Power — if you use that as a man it’s tainted by the Dark One, so that means the more you use it, the closer you go to madness, really.”

Rand channeling against the Dark One with Moiraine standing behind him

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That’s inevitably why Rand chooses to go off on his very own and also allow his enjoyed ones assume he died.

“He’s now cut off from his roots. And this is the start of an identity shift. Becoming the Dragon Reborn means that you’re the only person in the whole wide world who can save or destroy the world and that responsibility is insane,” Judkins claimed.

“That weighs heavy and yes, I think Rand now has to go his own way to do what he needs to do. And it’s just the start of his transformation to — now knowing that he is the Dragon Reborn, now it’s actually about becoming the Dragon Reborn. And how do you do that? Who can help you with that? And it’s the start of a very heavy, dark, dramatic journey.”

What takes place in Wheel of Time period 2?

While Amazon hasn’t claimed specifically what will certainly be consisted of in period 2, the arc of the initial period — which pulled from the initial publication in the collection and also the innovator New Spring — recommends it’ll likely be based (mainly) on The Great Hunt.

In that publication, Rand is battling with the newly found expertise of being the Dragon Reborn, while additionally attempting to maintain the Horn of Valere out of the understanding of The Dark One. That horn is a wonderful one, suggested to be blown by the Dragon Reborn as he heads right into the “Last Battle” versus the Dark One. He signs up with fellow ta’veren and also Shienaran soldiers to maintain it risk-free, while Egwene, Nynaeve, and also Elayne head to the White Tower to start finding out the methods of the Aes Sedai.

Padan sitting in a chair with an ornate box on his leg

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In the program, Perrin is the one that discovers the Horn of Valere — though it’s without delay swiped by Padan Fain, that exposes he’s a Darkfriend that pertained to the Two Rivers to locate the ta’veren. That modification was willful, as Judkins informed The Wrap.

“You don’t get to spend a lot of time with the dark friends in the books outside of the forsaken. And so, we really wanted to make sure that each dark friend that we meet in the show like Dana, who you met in episode 3, and Padan Fain … that you kind of understand them as people and that their goal is not, you know, the evil. They’re not just evil people who are born evil who want evil,” Judkins said.

“They have complex human emotions and feelings and they probably view what they’re doing as being positive either for themselves or for the world or for their loved ones, or for whatever reason they view what they’re doing as important and we wanted to give that to Padan Fain. And that sets up a lot of what we’ll see in season 2 with each of our core characters also struggling with the balance of dark and light within themselves.”

At San Diego Comic-Con 2022, Prime Video launched a sizzle reel of behind the curtain video footage for The Wheel of Time period 2.

For any type of followers stressed over feasible discrepancies from guide, Sanders wishes to abate anxieties. In the very same meeting with television Line, Sanders claimed he assumed period 2 would certainly be “bigger, bolder, and a more expansive Wheel of Time.”

“Rafe has been a fantastic leader — thoughtful, kind, really dedicated to trying to do this the right way — and Rosamund as well,” Sanders claimed. “So we absolutely went into Season 2 with a real conversation about, ‘What can we do even better now that we have introduced this giant world and established these characters?’”

One point we do recognize for specific: The initial episode will certainly be called “A Taste of Solitude.”

That expression is the title of the 18th phase in Wheel of Time’s 6th publication, Lord of Chaos; construct from that what you will.

Who are individuals that struck at the end of period 1?

In a tag for the initial period, a girl uses a coastline along the “Far Western Shore.” She keeps an eye out at the water to see a line of ships; the electronic camera focuses on (what seems) 2 Aes Sedai that are being adjusted to make use of the One Power to create a huge tidal bore.

A shot of the Seanchan standing at the front of their ship with channelers and their masters

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Seanchan representatives and the Dark One walk in a still from Wheel of Time season 2

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While period 1 hasn’t offered us a lot to take place, The Great Hunt does entail a subplot where a realm called the Seanchan assault. They wish to take back the continent their forefathers originated from, and also have actually been collecting sources for many years wherefore they call “the Return.” That suggests they’re coming armed and also prepared, consisting of with confined channelers like the ones seen at the end of period 1.

The females we see transporting are damane, or “leashed ones,” per a translation of the Seanchan language. They are managed by sul’dam — “leash holders” — and also drawn from any place the Seanchan can locate them, consisting of abducted Aes Sedai.

What occurs with Lan and also Moiraine?

The last phase brought an impact to what appeared like a bulletproof bond: Moiraine cuts her link with Lan to head right into the (“first”) fight. But after tussling with the Dark One, she’s left removed from the One Power — and also incapable to fix her and also Lan’s bond.

To that finish, Daniel Henney (that plays Lan) teased simply a little bit in an interview with Content Mode:

Lan and also Moiraine will certainly be evaluated. Individually and also as a Warder/Aes Sedai device. They’ll deal with difficulties that have massive ramifications. I take into consideration period 2 a “journey season” for Lan. He will certainly be confronted with numerous minutes and also scenarios that require him to examine whatever he’s counted on and also just how he’s lived his life as much as this factor. It’s actually difficult for me to not offer excessive away, yet I will certainly claim this- 2 swords, several fades, blood….great deals of blood.

The Wheel of Time cast expands

Aviendha (Ayoola Smart) and Perrin (Marcus Rutherford) standing and reacting to something off-screen

New personality Aviendha (Ayoola Smart) and also old personality Perrin (Marcus Rutherford) in a still from Wheel of Time period 2.
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Most of the major actors will certainly be returning for period 2: Rosamund Pike as Moiraine Damodred, Henney as Lan, too ta’veran prospects Josha Stradowski, Marcus Rutherford, Zoë Robins, and also Madeleine Madden.

As was formerly revealed, Dónal Finn will certainly be taking control of the duty of Mat from Barney Harris. Although no person from Wheel of Time has actually discussed the factor for the swap, he did claim the change really felt “seamless” in between the stars.

Mat (Dónal Finn) sitting and crying in a still from Wheel of Time season 2

Dónal Finn as Mat in period 2 of The Wheel of Time. Finn took control of the duty from Barney Harris, that played Mat in period 1.
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And period 2 will certainly invite some brand-new personalities too. Ceara Coveney will certainly be playing Elayne Trakand, Queen of Andor and also Cairhien, while Peaky Blinders celebrity Natasha O’Keeffe will certainly be taking part a function yet to be revealed. Ayoola Smart was revealed as Aviendha, a Wise One presented in the 3rd publication of the collection; she’s one of the best women channelers around. And while we don’t recognize the information of just how Wheel of Time will certainly treat her on display, she’s one of Rand’s love rate of interests in guides.

Broadchurch’s Meera Syal will certainly be playing Verin Mathwin, Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah (and also, if they’re loyal to guides, an absolute badass). Also signing up with as Bayle Domon is Julian Lewis Jones, that’s remained in points like Justice League and also Invictus. His personality Bayle is initial presented in The Eye of the World (publication among The Wheel of Time collection), yet much more plainly variables right into The Great Hunt, especially in the fights versus the Seanchan.

Some of the 2023 casting announcements include: Chiad and also Bain, played by Danish model-actress Maja Simonsen and also Icelandic starlet and also previous Olympic swimmer Ragga Ragnars, specifically. Chiad is a Maiden of the Spear of the Stones River sept of the Goshien Aiel that is bound as a first-sister to Bain. Rima Te Wiata plays Sheriam Bayanar, an Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah that is especially prominent. We’ll additionally obtain even more understanding right into the Children of the Light, with Jay Duffy joined to play Dain Bornhald, a high-level policeman of the Children of the Light.

Is The Wheel of Time obtaining a 3rd period?

Yes! The information came with a Wheel of Time panel at San Diego Comic-Con, which was or else concentrated on a computer animated friend collection, The Wheel of Time: Origins.

Showrunner Rafe Judkins claimed that Wheel of Time’s third season would certainly be based upon the 4th publication in Robert Jordan’s collection, The Shadow Rising.

“I’m so thrilled that we’ll be making a third season of The Wheel of Time,” Judkins claimed. “The Shadow Rising has always been my favorite book in the series, so being able to bring it to television and introduce new audiences to the stories that made me fall in love with these books in the first place is such an honor, and something I’ve been working toward since I first pitched the show years and years ago.”

Egwene (Madeleine Madden) standing in a kitchen glouring

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Nynaeve (Zoë Robins) looking concerned in a still from Wheel of Time season 2

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Lan (Daniel Henney) riding a horse and looking incredible

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Source: Polygon

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