Amazon’s Wheel of Time Adaptation Finishes Filming First Season And Is Picked Up For Season 2
After several production delays due to the pandemic, the highly anticipated Wheel of Time adaptation has completed filming on its first season. Concurrently, the series has also been picked up for a second season in anticipation of success. Showrunner Rafe Judkins shared the good news this week via Instagram. Let’s take a look at what we can expect from Wheel of Time on Amazon Prime.
Adapting The Wheel of Time TV Series As A Whole
Artwork by Michael Whelan / Image via Tor/Forge
We know that the first season of the Wheel of Time show will be 8 episodes, and we already know the titles for many of them. Judkins has spoken about how the series will take a ‘holistic’ approach to the books. This means Judkins is adapting the series as a whole – instead of focusing on book per season. There has been some talk about how each season of the show will cover more than one book. And it is likely that storylines will be drawn in earlier for the show from later installments in the series. Some characters and storylines might get cut altogether. But given how weighty each book in the Wheel of Time series is, that’s not a bad thing. In any good adaptation from book to screen, changes must be made.
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The series also seems to be focusing in on the character of Moiraine (played by Rosamund Pike) in the first season. It will follow her as she learns about the prophecies surrounding The Dragon Reborn and sets off to find them. It is likely that the focus will shift to the young characters from Emond’s Field in the second season. And with a series that spans 14 novels, more than one season was always going to be necessary to tell anything resembling a complete story.
Showrunner Rafe Judkins Does A Q&A
Rafe Judkins also took to social media for another little Q&A with the fans. He reports that due to Amazon’s nature as a streaming platform, they do not have to adhere to set episode lengths. Judkins says that the episodes are ‘epic’ in length (fitting) and run anywhere between 50-65 minutes.
In keeping with the way the show is mixing up some storylines and potentially rearranging timelines, Judkins also appeared to confirm that a major character would not be in the first season. He says that this character is one of the people he is most excited to see in season 2. Judkins said that the character’s name begins with “El” and that can be no one but the character of Elayne Trakand – princess of Andor. It is very strange that this character is not appearing in season 1. Especially since she is definitely in the first book, and is an extremely important character across the entire series.
Wheel of Time Ebook Artwork by Julie Bell
Fans have been wondering for months why we haven’t seen a casting announcement for Elayne, and now it seems like we have the answer. Although we are disappointed that this integral character won’t be appearing in the first season, we hope that the showrunners have good reasons for the change.
Additionally, the writer’s room is already hard at work on season 2 of Wheel of Time. Since there were so many delays in production of the first season, it is possible that filming for season 1 will just transition into filming season 2 without any break. That could lead to a shorter wait between seasons, and more consistency between seasons 1 and 2.
Judkins also shared an image of the script for the first episode of season 2. It is titled “A Taste Of Solitude.”
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Amazon Is Committed To Prestige Fantasy Drama
The early renewal for a second season of the Wheel of Time television adaptation is a relief for many fans. And it also demonstrates Amazon’s commitment to large-scale fantasy shows. After all, they’re spending hundreds of millions of dollars on their upcoming Lord of the Rings television series. Amazon clearly wants to be seen as a contender in the realm of genre television. And they’re going to need these new shows to keep subscribers. Especially since they are about to lose one of their major sci-fi shows with the end of The Expanse looming in the near future.
The Wheel of Time has no official release date, but it’s possible we could see it on Amazon Prime by Christmas.
Now that the first season of Wheel of Time has completed filming, we look forward to seeing a trailer soon. Of course we will continue to cover news of the season 2 production (and casting) as we learn more. Stay tuned to Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date!
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.