The Wheel of Time Series On Amazon Just Recast A crucial Role
Comic Years Logo

The Wheel of Time Series On Amazon Just Recast A Major Role For Season 2

author img
BY September 24, 2021

As we get closer to the premiere of The Wheel of Time on Amazon Prime in November, anticipation is building. We finally have a trailer for the epic fantasy adaptation. And we know that the show has already been picked up for a second season, with filming underway. However, only a few months into production on season 2 we have learned that a major role has been recast for the next season of The Wheel of Time. Actor Barney Harris – who plays Mat Cauthon – has departed the series for unknown reasons. He will be replaced by Irish actor Dónal Finn in season 2 of The Wheel of Time.

Dónal Finn To Replace Barney Harris As Mat In Season 2 of The Wheel of Time

Barney Harris Wheel of Time Dagger Barney Harris | Image via Amazon Prime

The announcement was announced by Deadline and confirmed by both Amazon, and Dragonmount – the leading fansite for Wheel of Time. It is a highly surprising move, given how rare it is to recast a major role like this well before a series airs. Barney Harris was one of the few casting choices that was uncontroversial, since the actor’s physical appearance and personality seemed perfect for the role.

Harris was extremely active on social media during the filming and post-production portions of The Wheel of Time. He appears to have developed close friendships with the other actors, reflecting their on-screen relationships. Which makes it all the more surprising that he would depart the series after one season. Curiously, Harris also recently deleted his social media accounts and went radio silent. He has yet to comment on the recasting.

It is unlikely that Harris was recast due to bad acting, as there would have been plenty of time to find a new actor for the role during the many production shutdowns. It is more likely that personal reasons or scheduling conflicts prevent Harris from returning to the fantasy series. But we won’t know for sure until we get an official statement from Amazon Studios, or showrunner Rafe Judkins.

Is There An In-World Reason For The Recasting?

Wheel of Time Dagger Mat Cauthon Cover Art for The Shadow RIsing by Sam Weber | Image via Tor/Forge

There may be a valid continuity explanation for Mat’s sudden shift in physical appearance. Without getting into too many book spoilers, I will say that Mat goes through a few extreme experiences in the first couple of books that change his character significantly. Perhaps this will be utilized as the in-world explanation for the change. After all, in the book Mat says that after his experiences he feels ‘like a brand new man’ and in this case that will be literal.

The character of Mat Cauthon is one of the youths from Emond’s Field in the Two Rivers. He is close friends with Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski) and Perrin Aybara (Marcus Rutherford). These three young men are part of the group of young people that venture away from home with Moiraine – the Aes Sedai played by Rosamund Pike. Other members of this group include Egwene al’Vere (Madeline Madden) and Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins).

Donal Finn Wheel of Time Recasting Image via Amazon Studios/Dragonmount

Actor Dónal Finn will take over the role of Mat Cauthon in season 2 of The Wheel of Time. He has a bit of genre experience under his belt already, having appeared in episodes of The Witcher, and Cursed. Although we are puzzled by this recasting news, we are sure Dónal Finn will be excellent in the role of Matrim Cauthon.

The Wheel of Time will air its first three episodes on Amazon Prime on November 19, 2021. A new episode will be released every week until December 24, 2021. For all of the latest genre news and reviews, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today!

BooksTV Shows

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.

Adaptationsamazon studiosBarney HarrisCastingDónal FinnRecastingUpcoming ShowsWheel of Time

Leave a comment


TV Shows
Gotham Season 5 Finale – What To Expect

With two episodes left before the Gotham season 5 finale, that also means the end is near for the series. Scheduled to wrap up in two weeks, there is still a lot of story to […]

BY Taylor Bauer March 27, 2019
True Detective Season 4 – Will It Be Announced?

Season three of True Detective is over now. The season featured an interesting story, but some familiar themes. Was it enough to warrant a True Detective season 4? Time will tell if the popular True […]

BY Taylor Bauer March 28, 2019
COMICSMarvelTV Shows
Who Are Cloak And Dagger: Meet The MCU’s Newest Pair In Their Original Series

With Avengers: Endgame mere weeks away, the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in a state of flux. Despite rumors about upcoming films (we’re looking at you X-Men: Dark Phoenix), the only hero we […]

BY Joshua M. Patton April 11, 2019
error: Copyright Protection