The Wheel of Time is finally going to be released on Amazon Prime for 2021, and after a two-year wait, we already have our first look at the highly-anticipated epic fantasy series.
The show, which is based Robert Jordan's popular book series, is expected to run for multiple seasons, and fans are excited to find out how the Amazon Prime original series will adapt the entire series.
There's a lot of information to digest about The Wheel of Time series, and for those who haven't read the books, there are some spoilers for Season 1 ahead, so you may want to tread carefully. This hub compiles plot and casting details as well as the official trailer and episode count, but we will update this with more information as they become available so feel free to bookmark this article.
Here's everything you need to know about The Wheel of Time Season 1.
Table of Contents
- Wheel of Time Season 1 Release Date: When will the episodes be released on Amazon Prime?
- The Wheel of Time Season 1 Trailers: Watch the epic trailers now!
- How many episodes of The Wheel of Time Season 1 are there?
- The Wheel of Time Season 1 Plot: What is this epic fantasy about?
- The Wheel of Time Season 1 Cast: Who's playing who?
- The Wheel of Time Sequels: Will there be more seasons and potential films?
Wheel of Time Season 1 Release Date: When will the episodes be released on Amazon Prime?
Amazon already confirmed an official release date for The Wheel of Time Season 1. It was revealed in the show's first teaser trailer, which you can enjoy below. The Wheel of Time Season 1 is set to premiere on Prime Video on November 19, 2021.
The Wheel of Time Season 1 Trailers: Watch the epic trailers now!
On Sept. 2, Amazon Prime Video released the official teaser trailer for The Wheel of Time Season 1, which features the key characters of the show, which we will list down in the cast section below.
The trailer is packed with numerous sweeping shots, and epic fantasy action. There's even a bit of humor included in its two-minute runtime.
Amazon also released a clip which features Moiraine and Lan's introduction:
On October 27, Amazon Prime released the first full trailer for The Wheel of Time using YouTube's 360 player. You can watch it here:
How many episodes of The Wheel of Time Season 1 are there?
As confirmed on the Writers' Guild of America West website in December 2020, there will be a total of six episodes in The Wheel of Time Season 1. The titles for each episode have also been revealed.
Episode 1 – Leavetaking
Episode 2 – Shadow's Waiting
Episode 3 – A Place of Safety
Episode 4 – The Dragon Reborn
Episode 5 – Blood Calls Blood
Episode 6 – The Flame of Tar Valon
In a separate social media post Judkins also noted that the Season 1 episodes will clock in between 50 and 65 minutes each.
The Wheel of Time Season 1 Plot: What is this epic fantasy about?
Warning: Spoilers for The Wheel of Time book series ahead.
The story of The Wheel of Time is pretty convoluted. Robert Jordan's book series, which was completed by fellow fantasy author Brandon Sanderson after Jordan's death in 2007, comprises 14 novels. The epic fantasy will span multiple seasons, but what do we know about the plot of Season 1 so far?
When Amazon originally announced that it was adapting Jordan's epic fantasy book series in 2018, Deadline's report shared a brief synopsis of what we can expect from the first season of The Wheel of Time.
Set in an unnamed world (fans call The World of the Wheel and The Randlands), The Wheel of Time follows Rand al'Thor, a humble man who lives in a small village known as the Two Rivers. After Rand's home is attacked by the Dark One, an evil entity who wants to destroy the world, he's rescued by Moiraine Damodred, a powerful sorcerer and member of a mysterious all-female organization known as the Aes Sedai.
Believing that the Dark One was seeking out the Dragon Reborn – a prophesied champion of light who could defeat the lord of evil – Moiraine leads Rand on a dangerous, continent-spanning quest that will decide the fate of the world. However, Rand is not the only one who could be the so-called Dragon Reborn. His male friends – Perrin Aybara and Matrim ‘Mat' Cauthon – may also be the ancient hero that Moiraine seeks.
Joining Moiraine, Rand, Perrin, and Mat on their journey are Two Rivers' wise woman Nynaeve al'Meara, Rand's female friend Egwene al'Vere, and Moiraine's Warder companion Lan Mandragoran
Together, the group embark on a quest to defeat the Dark One for good, but their journey will be far from straightforward. The Dragon Reborn has the ability to break humanity instead of liberating it, so the fate of the world hangs in the balance no matter who the champion of light turns out to be.
Outside of this synopsis, little is currently known about Season 1's story unless you've read the novels, but note that the first season won't just be focusing on the first book of the series, The Eye of the World.
During an Instagram Live Q&A, writer Rafe Judkins revealed that The Wheel of Time Season 1 is "adapting the whole series, not just Eye of the World", which suggests that we will see various plot points from other novels in Season 1.
The ruby-hilted dagger from The Eye of the World will be featured in Season 1. In the books, this is an artifact of Shadar Logoth, an ancient city that fell to ruin after it was consumed by darkness that its inhabitants had battled hard to get rid off. Possessed by evil forces, the dagger manipulates whoever comes into its possession, which means trouble for one of the show's most prominent characters.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Judkins said that the city of Shadar Logoth was "built from scratch for just 15 minutes of airtime", which may sound excessive, but it's necessary to the overall story of The Wheel of Time.
In February 2021, Amazon shared a teaser trailer that featured one individual coming across the dagger.
The Heron Mark Blade will also be shown in Season 1. In Jordan's novels, the blade masters may decorate their swords with a heron mark, particularly if they have mastered the art of sword-to-sword combat.
Expect the adaptation to have a few alterations to the books' course of events, and they are likely made to expedite the story and improve it immensely.
The Wheel of Time Season 1 Cast: Who's playing who?
Just like George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, The Wheel of Time features a bunch of characters.
Here's a list of the show's main (and most prominent supporting) characters who will appear in Season 1:
Rosamund Pike as Moiraine Damodred
Josha Stradowski as Rand al'Thor
Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara
Zoë Robins as Nynaeve al'Meara
Barney Harris as Matrim ‘Mat' Cauthon
Madeleine Madden as Egwene al'Vere
Daniel Henney as Lan Mandragoran
Sophie Okonedo as Siuan Sanche
Kae Alexander as Min Forshaw
Michael McElhatton as Tam al'Thor
Alvaro Morte as Logain Ablar
Juliet Howland as Natti Cauthon
Christopher Sciueref as Abell Cauthon
Lolita Chakrabarti as Marin al'Vere
Michael Tuahine as Bran al'Vere
Alexandre Willaume as Thom Merrilin
Johann Myers as Padan Fain
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) is playing Moiraine, the Aes Sedai who leads Rand and his allies on their journey. In the book series, she's also known as "Alys".
Rand is being played by Josha Stradowski (Gewood Vrienden) in his first major TV role. He is joined by Zoë Robins (Black Christmas), Marcus Rutherford (Bulletproof), and Barney Harris (The Hollow Crown), and Madeleine Madden (Picnic at Hanging Rock) as Nynaeve, Perrin, Mat, and Egwedne respectively.
There are more cast members in The Wheel of Time Season 1. However, the vast majority will only appear in one episode, and the actors listed above are the most important out of the show's supporting cast.
The Wheel of Time Sequels: Will there be more seasons and potential films?
Yes! Just after Judkin's JordanCon announcement about the release of a trailer, the official social media channels for Amazon's The Wheel of Time revealed that filming had begun for Season 2.
According to Judkins, each season would combine books from Jordan's series due, given the complication of the story. While there are 14 volumes of the book series, the Amazon adaptation will probably require seven or more seasons to cover the entire story adequately, but for now, only Season 2 has been confirmed.
The Wheel of Time also a prequel novel and two companion books, but at this point, it's unclear how the story elements from various books would be split in the potential sequels.
Finally, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter, a Wheel of Time movie trilogy is in the works, and Zack Stentz (Thor, X-Men: First Class) was said to be penning a three-movie story based on Jordan's Age of Legends novels from his Wheel of Time series.
The Age of Legends trilogy is set several millennia before the events of Amazon's The Wheel of Time TV series. Its story follows the Aes Sedia (and their male counterparts) more closely and focus on the One Power, the source of all magic in the universe of The Wheel of Time.
When an unspeakable evil is unleashed across the land, male channelers (the Wheel of Time's magic users) are driven insane and use the One Power to try and destroy the world. It'll up to a small band of women, who unite under the White Tower, to stop them.
It's still unclear if Age of Legends will connect to Rosamund Pike's Moiraine (if at all). Currently, no distributor or studio partner is associated with the trilogy of films, but it will surely expand the world of The Wheel of Time that the Amazon TV adaptation will introduce.