Seldom has it occurred that any OTT service has renewed a show for a second season before it has even premiered on the platform. When that occurrence happened to The Wheel Of Time before it made its debut in November 2021, it surely spiked the interest of Amazon Prime subscribers. With the first season all done and dusted, fans of the show are madly anticipating the definite season 2. According to DigitalSpy, filming for the second season was completed in the spring of 2022 and it is now in the post-production process.
Speaking to Amazon Studios’ Head of Global TV before the first finale aired, Vernon Sanders enlisted reasons behind its early second season renewal, saying, “We’re fans of the show, and as episodes came in and we saw the level of craftsmanship, and as we continued to talk to [showrunner] Rafe [Judkins] about where future seasons would go, we felt really confident that we had something that could go for a very long time for us. These are giant investments, so obviously we spent quite a bit of time making sure we were making the right choice here, but it continues to pay off for us. All credit to Rafe and his incredible team, and the cast led by Rosamund [Pike as Moiraine].”
The show’s popularity has indeed skyrocketed as it becomes Prime Video’s most-watched original series of 2021. This sets a really great stage for the second season as it continues to be based upon the original book series written by Robert Jordan. In a conversation with New York Comic Con in October, Judkins told, “The journeys Robert Jordan created are epic. It’s a gift for people who knows the books to watch the show because they see contained in each of these characters the path that’s in front of them. In season 2, we’re on that path. By the end of the season, eight episodes later, it’s just massive. I’m excited for people to see it.”
If you’re excited to know what’s going to happen in season 2 as well, here’s a comprehensive guide on The Wheel Of Time season 2!
When can we expect The Wheel Of Time season 2 to arrive on Prime Video?
At the time of writing this article, Amazon has not revealed the exact release date of the second season of The Wheel Of Time. As per the reports, the filming process of the second season began in July 2021 and as of May 18, 2022, the filming was reportedly wrapped. The news was confirmed by the official Twitter page of the show.
— The Wheel Of Time (@TheWheelOfTime) May 18, 2022
According to DigitalSpy, “The season is to follow the same eight-episode structure as the first series.” Not only that, but according to the official Twitter page, the first episode of the season two saga will be called ‘A Taste of Solitude’. The announcement was made along with a post of an image of the script wherein was written:
“With this many Ta’veren in one place, one season was never going to be enough.”
In an interesting turn of events, in December 2022, Rafe Judkins confirmed that although the new season wouldn’t arrive in early 2023, it would return later in the year, while speaking with Dragonmount. He said, “I can say that there’s some truth [to the rumors] in that I do believe season two will be premiering in 2023,” he said. “I don’t think ‘early’ – there’s still a lot of work that we’ve got to do on the show [in post-production], VFX, all of that. So I would not expect it in early 2023, but you can expect it in 2023.”
Who are the cast members of The Wheel Of Time Season 2?
The confirmed list of cast members who will be joining the second season of The Wheel Of Time includes:
- Rosamund Pike as Moiraine
- Ceara Coveney as TBA
- Meera Syal as TBA
- Natasha O’Keeffe as TBA
- Guy Roberts as Uno Nomesta
- Arnas Fedaravicius as Masema
- Gregg Chilingirian as Ingtar Shinowa
- Ayoola Smart as Aviendha
- Kate Fleetwood as Liandrin Guirale
- Dónal Finn as Barney Harris
- Hammed Animashaun as Loial
What can we expect to happen in The Wheel Of Time Season 2?
In conversation with TVLine, Vernon Sanders was asked whether the second season will “go even bigger” than its predecessor, to which he gave a very promising reply, saying, “Rafe has been a fantastic leader — thoughtful, kind, really dedicated to trying to do this the right way — and Rosamund as well. So we absolutely went into season two with a real conversation about, ‘What can we do even better now that we have introduced this giant world and established these characters?’ So I will absolutely predict that season 2 will be bigger, bolder, and a more expansive Wheel of Time.”
The first season reportedly covers the first book, The Eye of the World, and the second season is also expected to follow the chronology and be inspired by, The Great Hunt, which is the second in the book series. In a very interesting conversation between Deadline and showrunner Rafe Judkins, the latter opened up about his vision of the show, hoping to stretch it out for eight potential seasons.
He said, “I always have to approach it as if we’re going to get to tell the whole story that’s in the books. If we don’t approach it that way, then we’d set ourselves up to not stick the landing, and these books have such a good ending. I really need to set us up to get there if we’re able to. That’s not up to me ultimately. If people watch it and Amazon wants to keep doing more, I’d love to continue to expand this world further.”
Season two of The Wheel Of Time will potentially cover the expanding romance between Lan and Nynaeve. In a conversation with Collider, Judkins said, “Moving forward for them, what’s cool about their relationship in the books is that it’s not one you’re used to seeing. It’s almost like a love triangle and a business triangle laid on top of each other. And there’s something really interesting about that dynamic between Lan and Moiraine and Lan and Nynaeve. And then Nynaeve and Moiraine and the growing respect that those two women also have for each other. And both of them almost trying to pawn Lan off on the other one because they’re both martyrs, in their own way. I think those characters actually have a lot more similarities than those characters would like to think they do. And so I love that triangle and sort of all the different ways it plays through the whole series.”
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