It’s fair to say that the wildly popular and profitable Game of Thrones series on HBO has opened doors to the filming of other beloved, massively long, fantasy book series. And so, it’s no wonder that Amazon Prime Video has been looking at what it can adapt and has landed on The Wheel of Time. Thirty years, fourteen books and two authors later, The Wheel of Time continues to draw love from fans.
The tale is epic, filled with intriguing characters and rooted in a rich, complex story world. Converting it into a successful TV show is going to be a feat as challenging as cleansing saidin of the Dark One’s touch. (If you don’t know what that means, zoom on over to the WoT wiki to get caught up.)
Here’s what we know so far about The Wheel of Time series:
What’s the series going to look like?
From what we can tell—pretty dang cool.
So far, there’s a planned season one featuring eight episodes. But given that the book series is thousands of pages long, it’s a fair bet those eight episodes will only skim the surface of the story.
Set photos haven’t leaked out too much, but the glimpses we are getting make the sets look pretty cool. So, here’s to hoping the final product is shiny and filled with action.
Who’s working on the show?
There are several directors associated with the show, all with impressive SFF credits to their name. Season one’s directors include Uta Briesewitz (Westworld, Stranger Things), Wayne Yip (Doctor Who, Hunters), Salli Richardson Whitfield (Dear White People, Altered Carbon), and Ciaran Donnelly (Vikings, Altered Carbon).
The showrunner, Rafe Judkins, is known for projects like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Hemlock Grove, and he’s got producing and writing experience, promising potential for good storytelling on the screen.
Who’s starring in it?
The cast to the series is set, and it’s huge and diverse—not much of a surprise, given that the books have tons of characters. Rosamund Pike stars as the forceful sorceress Moiraine, alongside newer faces like Madeleine Madden (Egwene) and Josha Stradowski (Rand).
When’s the show going to air?
Originally, it was set to air in 2021. Here’s the challenge:
Season one was two-thirds of the way through filming in March 2020, when pandemic concerns shut down sets all over the world. Read: delay.
In September, the cast and crew got back to work on the final two episodes, which were being filmed in the Czech Republic. But with coronavirus spiking again in that region, things have been shut down again. Read: another delay.
This doesn’t necessarily mean the show won’t air in 2021, especially if the first episodes of the season can be finished in post over the next few months. But there are no guarantees, and it will likely will be a while before an official air date is announced.
As with a lot of other productions, it’s a matter of waiting to see what happens next. In the meantime, now’s a great time to pick up the books and read them.