It’s no secret that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (along with virtually every other executive in the streaming industry) is desperate to get his hands on the upcoming Game of Thrones season. At first glance, Amazon Video’s Lord of the Rings spinoff appeared to be the most probable option for the platform. Amazon, on the other hand, is developing another huge high-fantasy adaptation: Robert Jordan’s The Wheel of Time trilogy.
The series began in 1990, and after Jordan’s death in 2007, fantasy novelist Brandon Sanderson finished it in 2013, according to Jordan’s notes. The series has finally found a home at Amazon Prime, following some rights issues, a last-minute pilot that aired during a paid programming slot in 2015, and a defamation lawsuit that is now firmly in the past. Although it will be some time until we see The Wheel of Time on the big screen, here’s all we know so far.
The Wheel of Time Season 1 – Latest Speculations on Release Date
Season 1 of The Wheel of Time does not yet have an official release date, but it will be released later this year. The first instalment of The Wheel of Time will be released in 2021, as announced on Amazon Studios’ official Twitter account on June 30:
Even legends can have a beginning. @TheWheelOfTime is coming to @PrimeVideo in 2021. pic.twitter.com/EPu0FpllQV
— Amazon Studios (@AmazonStudios) June 30, 2021
Season 1 will launch in the last three months of the year, based on the fact that we are halfway through the year. When it’s chilly outdoors, Amazon Prime will be able to take advantage of people remaining inside to watch new movies and TV series (in the northern hemisphere, at least).
The Wheel of Time Season 1 – Cast Members
Moiraine, an Aes Sedai figure who works as a mentor and counsellor to her younger charges, is played by Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). Rand Al’Thor is played by Josha Stradowski (Just Friends), Perrin Aybara is played by Marcus Rutherford (Obey), Nynaeve is played by Zo Robins (The Killian Curse), Mat Cauthon is played by Barney Harris (Billionaire Boys Club), and Egwene Al’Vere is played by Madeleine Madden (Dora and the Lost City of Gold).
Al’Lan Mandragoran is played by Daniel Henney (Big Hero 6), Tam Al’Thor is played by Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones), Logain Ablar is played by lvaro Morte (Money Heist), Loial is played by Hammed Animashaun (Black Mirror), Thom Merrilin is played by Alexandre Willaume (Tomb Raider), and Padan Fain is played by Johann Myers (The Medallion). Illa will be played by Maria Doyle Kennedy (Orphan Black), Raen will be played by Narinder Samra, and Aram will be played by Daryl McCormack.
Rafe Judkins, the showrunner and executive producer of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hemlock Grove, is the show’s principal showrunner and executive producer. Larry Mondragon and Rick Selvage of Red Eagle Entertainment, Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures, Darren Lemke, Marigo Kehoe, and Uta Briesewitz of Radar Pictures, and Darren Lemke, Marigo Kehoe, and Uta Briesewitz of Radar Pictures are also executive producers. The first two episodes of the series will be directed by Briesewitz. Jordan’s wife Harriet McDougal and novelist Brandon Sanderson (who finished the trilogy following Jordan’s death) will serve as consulting producers, along with Rosamund Pike.
Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television are collaborating on the project. The visual effects (which will be numerous, considering that this is a high fantasy series with a large budget and a complicated magic system) will be handled by Cinesite, which has previously worked on Avengers: Endgame, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and Netflix’s The Witcher.
The Wheel of Time Season 1 – Plot
The Wheel of Time is set in the future, yet owing to the cyclical structure of time in the book, it appears to be set in the distant past. It’s during the “Third Age,” about three millennia after “The Breaking of the World,” a cataclysmic catastrophe that brought an end to a technologically superior age known as “The Age of Legends.” It’s all like A Canticle for Leibowitz, except in this reality, magic (managed through the capacity of “channelling”) is real, and civilization resembles mediaeval Europe.
The first season of Amazon’s adaptation is based on the first book in the series, The Eye of the World, and follows Moiraine Damodred, a member of the Aes Sedai (an all-female magical organisation), as she searches for the Dragon Reborn, a prophesied figure whose actions will either save or doom humanity. Moiraine is unable to determine which of a group of three young men—Rand al’Thor, Matrim Cauthon, or Perrin Aybara—is the one she seeks after landing in the tiny village of Two Rivers. The trio sets out for the Aes Sedai city of Tar Valon, accompanied by their friend Egwene al’Vere and wise-woman Nynaeve, evading soldiers sent by the Dark One in quest of the Dragon Reborn.
The names of some of the first season’s episodes have been released for those of you who want to start speculating right away: “Leavetaking” is the first episode. “Shadow’s Waiting” is the second episode. Episodes 3 and 4 are titled “A Place of Safety” and “The Dragon Reborn,” respectively. Episodes 5 and 6 are titled “Blood Calls for Blood” and “The Flame of Tar Valon,” respectively.
If all of that seems too complicated, but you still want to read it, the official Wheel of Time on Prime Twitter account is running a book club throughout quarantine, so you can read along with old and new fans.
Please welcome Rosamund Pike to the Wheel of Time family. Say hello to Moiraine. #WoTWednesday pic.twitter.com/577Hffwy6Y
— The Wheel Of Time (@TheWheelOfTime) June 19, 2019
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