Wheel of Time Show Updates: A Teaser and A Heron-Marked Sword
News from Randland has been pretty slow in recent months. Casting news is being kept secret, and production for the Wheel of Time show on Amazon has stopped and started again multiple times since the pandemic began. But showrunner Rafe Judkins has released a couple of tantalizing snippets recently. Among these is an audio teaser for Wheel of Time. And a video showing how one famous sword is being forged. Let’s take a look at what is new with the production for Wheel of Time in the teaser below.
An Audio Teaser From Two Main Characters
— The Wheel of Time (@WOTonPrime) October 28, 2020
Back at the end of October, the official Wheel of Time on Prime account on Twitter posted this little audio teaser. We somehow missed it in the Halloween/Election Week madness, but we are definitely excited to see it now. The audio for the teaser has sounds of battle occurring in the background. Then the voices of two characters engage in brief dialogue. A woman breathlessly asks “You ready?” A man’s voice fearfully replies “No.” She then says “Me neither.”
It is a pretty generic bit of dialogue but it has had fans in a tizzy trying to figure out what scene this is from. The actors have confirmed that this is an exchange between Egwene (Madeline Madden) and Perrin (Marcus Rutherford). My guess is that this is from a battle that happens pretty early on in the series, and forces the characters along with their friends to leave their small village home of the Two Rivers.
An Ancient Symbol Forms
Image via Tor Forge
The audio plays over the image of a symbol forming out of… water? This is a familiar symbol to any fans of the Wheel of Time books. It is similar to yin-yang and with good reason. This is the symbol of the Aes Sedai, the magic users of the series. When the books (and show) begin, only women can use the One Power as they call it. The male source of the power has been tainted by an ancient cataclysm. Any man who wields the One Power eventually goes mad.
The dark and light sides of the symbol represent the male and female halves of the One Power that are referred to as saidar (for women) and saidin (for men). The light part is the pure half that women can use, while the dark part is the tainted half that corrupts men.
This is a neat little visual, and while it doesn’t tell us much about what to expect from the upcoming Wheel of Time show on Amazon it does its best to get us hyped up about it.
Forging A Heron-Marked Blade
Another video that was released just this week is a kind of ‘behind-the-scenes’ video that shows how one important weapon from the Wheel of Time books is coming to life. Fans of the series know that several characters wield these specific swords throughout the books. The mark of the heron on the sword indicates that it was made by a master bladesmith. One of the central protagonists in Wheel of Time obtains one of these swords from his father early on the series. It is not until later that he learns what the mark of the heron means.
— The Wheel of Time (@WOTonPrime) December 2, 2020
The video gives us some of the description from the books about what the sword should look like. It then goes into design sketches that quickly transform into a digital model, and then finally a fully forged heron-marked blade. The camera pulls out on a shot of the sword alone in the forest, as if awaiting someone…
Wheel of Time Showrunners Prefer A Holistic Approach
Cover of Eye of the World | Image via Tor Books
Showrunner Rafe Judkins took to Twitter to answer some fan questions after each video was posted. He addressed how they are tackling the adaptation of such a huge series of books. “We’re approaching this as an adaptation of the entire series, not just each book individually. So hopefully Season 1 will feel more like the entire book series of Wheel of Time than it does like Eye of the World.” This approach should hopefully lead to consistency over the series, as the creative team looks at the series as a whole instead of on a book by book basis.
The first season of the Wheel of Time show is still set to air on Amazon Prime sometime next year. We don’t have an official release date yet, but you know we will be keeping an eye on news. To stay up to date, be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today!
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.