It is not usually the case that before finishing the first season of a series we already have confirmation to recover it in a second installment, but Amazon Prime Video’s commitment to The Wheel of Time is so strong that even before its first episode premiered it already assumed it would have three seasons . And the series is rewarding its creators in spades. It has been one of the most important series of 2021, the most watched premiere in the history of Amazon Prime Video and the studio’s greatest success, and it seems that it will continue to be until the premiere of the Lord of the Rings series .
The idea is that the series reaches no less than eight seasons , few if you think that there are 14 books of The Wheel of Time waiting to reach the screen, but an outrage for the current series. The magnitude of the project is such that at this point we no longer exaggerate if we think that it could compete with Game of Thrones among the best fantasy series in history.
We’re still taking in everything that happened at the end of the first season, but we already know a lot and can sense what 2022 or 2023 will bring us. This is all we know about season 2 of The Wheel of Time .
‘The wheel of time. Season 2’: Release date
Although Amazon has not set any specific date for the second season at the moment , they were initially working with a release date of 2022 but the premiere of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on September 2 has upset the calendar and the studio is studying how to avoid the two launches competing with each other: “in our heads they are very different series,” said Vernon Sanders, the studio’s head of global television, “but we are aware of who the fans of the genre are.” It is true that The Wheel of Time, The Lord of the Rings and The House of the Dragon should not compete with each other even though they are both High Fantasy series, but logically the studio is concerned that the public may see it differently.
For its part, the actress Natasha O’Keeffe, recently joined the cast for a role to be determined, has also told VarietyTeen that the visual effects and post-production work are going to take a long time in this season, so she calculates that It will probably be released in 2023.
After almost a year of filming, which has traveled from Prague to Morocco, the series ended production in May 2022 , so they still have several months to go for the editing and visual effects work on the eight episodes . With this in mind and the feedback from Sanders and O’Keeffe, it’s likely that we’ll see Wheel of Time Season 2 in early 2023.
Among the good news, he has confirmed at the 2022 Comic-Con that he is renewing the series for a third season , which will be based on the fourth book in the saga , The Rise of the Shadow . “It’s always been my favorite book in the series,” said Rafe Judkins.
‘The wheel of time. Season 2’: Synopsis
There is no official plot line for the second season of The Wheel of Time, but it is expected to largely stick to the second book in the series, The Great Hunt , and perhaps part of the next one . Between the two books, the events that we saw in the Eye of the World and the data that we already know about the production is much that we can deduce with certainty and the theories that we can imagine.
To begin with, we know that the paths of the protagonists have separated again. Rand heads to the Aiel Wasteland in search of answers about his past; Egwene and Nynaeve have to learn to control their powers which can lead them to the White Tower; Perrin “Golden Eyes” has taken up the ax for the first time and it seems that he is going to pursue Padan Fain in search of revenge?; Moiraine and Lan have to get used to her new condition now that she can’t channel and the link between Aes Sedai and Guardian is gone; and Mat… well, who knows, Mat seems to be turning to the dark side at the moment after he refused to accompany the rest through the Shortcuts.
Since it was revealed that Rand al’Thor is the Dragon Reborn and that he is able to channel the cursed male half of the One Power, we know that throughout this new season Rand will have to face the madness that threatens all men who they play the saidin . It is even possible that he meets Lews Therin Telamon (the Dragon of legend) in his visions.
Also, Rand will have to learn very quickly to master his powers without Moiraine being able to help him. Here it is possible that the character of Logain Ablar, played by Alvaro Morte, enters who, despite having been tamed, could guide Rand in learning about him and give him several tips so as not to lose control. At the moment, Rand is on his way to the Aiel Wasteland, where we will meet the warrior civilization and some of its most famous representatives : like the Maiden of the Lance, Aviendha, a character who will give a lot to talk about.
For his part, Perrin appears to be going after Padan Fain and his accompanying Trollocs, Fados, and Shadowspawn. Despite the differences with the Wheel of Time books , this plot point is the one that could most closely follow the main plot of The Great Hunt, where the protagonists set out in search of the stolen Horn of Valere. In this search he will be accompanied by several soldiers from Fal Dara, at least those who have survived the last events, and probably Loial the Ogier. Loial is supposed to be dead, but have you seen the corpse?Well that. It would be a shame to waste the character like that. The same goes for Uno Nomesta. They will be joined by Lord Inghtar Shinowa and Masema Dagar, also a Shienarian, a soldier who will end up proclaiming himself the “Dragon Prophet”.
Egwene and Nynaeve’s paths will likely lead them back to Tar Valon, where they will begin their career as Aes Sedai and come into contact with the Black Ajah, unknown to us at the moment but one of the keys to The Wheel of Time , an association of Aes Sedai who serve the Dark One, who are capable of lying and hatch their own intrigues infiltrating the rest of the Ajah. We’ll also find out where this leaves Liandrin Sedai.
From what we know of the cast in Tar Valon, we will also find Min back, who has spent her entire life avoiding the Aes Sedai so they don’t use her for her visions but will probably end up in the White Tower. Min, Nynaeve and Egwene will meet Elayne Trakand there, the heiress to the throne of Andor who goes to the White Tower to develop her gift with saidar . The four will establish a network of mutual sisterhood that will be decisive from this season onwards.
By the way, do you remember that in Min’s visions, she claimed to see Rand with three beautiful women? Well, at this point we have already mentioned them all. But telling you would be like telling you earlier who the Dragon Reborn was.
The plot that generates the most uncertainty is that of Lan and Moiraine, since the direction their relationship took is radically different from the novels. The most logical thing is that they join one of these two groups of characters and, since Moiraine’s oath before Siuan Sanche prevents her from going to Tar Valon unless she orders it, it is possible that they incorporate Perrin in the Great Hunt.
Finally, it is an open secret that at some point we will arrive in the city of Cairhien, a kingdom where a very impoverished population contrasts with the wealth of the noble houses , entertaining themselves in what they call the Daes Dae’mar (The Game of houses), a lethal pastime among nobles, made up of political deceit and palace intrigue. If the term sounds like “Game of Thrones” to you, it is because it is. By the way, you would do well to remember a detail from chapter 6: before she was an Aes Sedai, Moiraine Damodred belonged to one of the most important houses in Cairhien, which could have important consequences. At the moment we know that a relative of his, Barthanes Damodred, is going to play an important role.
‘The wheel of time. Season 2’: Cast
With one important exception, this second season we will find Rosamund Pike (Moraine Damodred), Josha Stradowski (Rand al’Thor), Marcus Rutherford (Perrin Aybara), Zoe Robins (Nynaeve al’Meara), Madeleine Madden (Egwene al’ Vere) and Daniel Henney (Lan Madragoran) in the lead roles.
The absence? Barney Harris who will not repeat as Mat Cauthon. The reasons for his departure are not clear, but they have forced Amazon to carry out an unexpected recasting. Finally, a young actor who appeared briefly in The Witcher , Donal Finn, is going to play the character going forward. There’s no telling how the writers are going to justify the change, though Mat’s evolution could pave the way.
Among the secondary ones, Thomas Chaaning was supposed to return to interpret Lord Agelmar, Guy Roberts to Uno Nomesta and Sandra Yi Sencindiver to Lady Amalisa; but all of them are dead after the end of last season and that’s too many corpses to bring back to life. Of all of them, only the actor from Uno Nomesta has a credit in the first episode of the new season and maybe it’s a flashback.
The resurrection of Hammed Animashaun as Loial does seem certain and probably that of Alexandre Willaume as Thom Merrilin, although this is not confirmed. They both have a much more drawn-out arc in the books than we’ve seen so far. As far as the Fal Dara characters are concerned, the appearance of Gregg Chillingirian as Ingtar Shinowa and Arnas Fedaravicius as Masema Dagar may absorb the rest.
Other faces that we will see again are those of Sophie Okonedo (Siuan Sanche), Kate Fleetwood (Liandrin Guirale), Priyanka Bose (Alanna Mosvani), Taylor Napier (Maksim), Emmanuel Imani (Ihvon) and Jennifer Cheon Garcia (Leane Sharif) in Tar Valon opposite Kae Alexander (Min Farshaw) and Alvaro Morte as Logain Ablar; Johann Myers as Padan Fain and become one of the main villains of the series and Alexander Karim and Fares Fares respectively as Lews Therin Telamon and the Dark One/Ishamael in different flashbacks and visions of Rand.
‘The wheel of time. Season 2’: New characters, casting
Among the new additions, in addition to the men from Fal Dara (Ingtar Shinowa and Masema Dagar), it has been confirmed that Ceara Coveney will play Elayne Trakand and that Ayoola Smart , known for playing Audrey in Killing Eve , will play Aviendha. She is a warrior Aiel, a Spear Maiden who, along with Elayne and Min, will be some of Rand’s new romantic interests in the coming seasons.
Both will be rivals to Lanfear (aka Selene), who could be played by Karima McAdams . We are talking about one of the Renegades who have confirmed her appearance in the series and the most powerful Aes Sedai of the Age of Legend, who betrayed her own to join the Dark One in exchange for immortality. Lanfear is said to have been the lover of Lews Therin Telamon, the former Dragon, so much to Egwene’s chagrin his eyes may spark for Rand when he learns that he is the Dragon Reborn. However, while McAdams matches her character traits, there is no official confirmation that she was hired to play Lanfear.
Among the supporting roles surrounding Tar Valon, Katie Leung, famous for playing Cho Chang in Harry Potter and for voicing Caitlyn in the animated series Arcane , will play Yasicca Cellaech, an Aes Sedai of the Brown Ajah who only He is briefly mentioned in the Robert Jordan books, but could have a longer run in the series. The most relevant older brother in the saga is Verin, who according to rumors could be played by Meera Syal ( Jekyll ), hired for the series for an undetermined role. However, recently it has been rumored that we could see the Australian Rima Te Wiata in the role.
The Spanish Laia Costa ( Cinco lobitos ) will also play an unpublished role in the books, called Magdelena , a pleasant surprise for one of the most promising actresses in Spanish cinema. Something similar happens with the actress Salle Salee who plays a character called Else Grinwell, a novice from the White Tower who looks like a combination of Helga Grinwell (who we already saw in season 1 being killed by Fado before Mat’s traumatized gaze). ) and Nicola Trehill, a very powerful Aes Sedai apprentice who is jealous of Egwene.
In the White Tower we will also find Gawyn Trakand, the older brother of Elayne Trakand and her defender of the Lion Throne when she inherits the throne. However, his fate will be more linked to the power struggles in Tar’Valon than to the future of Andor. It has not yet been confirmed which actor could play him.
The White Tower expansion ends with Stewart Kenneth Moore as the Master of the stables, Raquel Cipriano as a novice, Marie-France Alvarez as a practically irrelevant yellow sister in the books named Celestine, and Melissa James as Elnore, Nynaeve’s mother. that we will probably only see in flashbacks
We also expect to see Haruka Kuroda and You-Ri Yamanaka as two of Min’s three stern aunts, and Will Tudor as Barthanes Damodred, a Cairhien nobleman and Moiraine’s kinsman who has been led by excessive ambition in the Game of Houses. to frequent dangerous companies.
Julian Lewis Jones will join the second season as Bayle Domon, a ship captain and merchant who gains some importance from the second of the novels, becoming a recurring secondary. Along with him we will also see the first Seanchan from The Wheel of Time . So far, they feature the face of Daniel Francis ( Once Upon a Time ) as Lord Turak, a powerful Seanchan nobleman and master swordsman who leads the first incursion into the Western Lands, and dancer Elena Folina ( Suspiria ) as sul’dam (the women who enslave Aes Sedai by means of a necklace)
In addition to Meera Syal, perhaps Verin, Natasha O’Keeffe has been cast in a major role that is being kept under wraps for now. As well as roles played by Laura Crowshurst , Natasha J. Murley , and Jessica Boone . Finally, the presence of Adrian Bouchet (Steapa in The Last Kingdom ) and Maja Simonsen ( Emily in Paris ) is rumored .
The role that Gary Beadle will play is also unknown but it is very plausibly rumored that it will be Elyas Machera. The actor raised the rumors for a tweet with the wolf emoticon and has now included the name of the character in his resume. Machera is Perrin’s teacher as a wolf brother and one of the most beloved sidekicks in the books.