Amazon renews The Wheel of Time for Season 2
James R | On 22, May 2021
Amazon has renewed The Wheel of Time for Season 2.
Based on one of the most popular and enduring fantasy series of all-time, the series is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists and only certain women are allowed to access it, the story follows Moiraine, a member of the incredibly powerful all-female organisation called the Aes Sedai, as she arrives in the small town of Two Rivers. There, she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women, one of whom is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn, who will either save or destroy humanity.
The streamer announced the project back in 2018, with showrunner Rafe Judkins (Agents of SHIELD, Hemlock Grove) adapting the book for the screen. Larry Mondragon and Rick Selvage of Red Eagle Entertainment, Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures, Darren Lemke, Marigo Kehoe and Uta Briesewitz also serve as exec-producers, with Briesewitz set to direct the first two episodes.
Rosamund Pike was confirmed as playing Moiraine the following year. Since then, a host of other actors have joined the cast, including Sophie Okonedo as Amyrlin Seat Siuan Sanche, Daniel Henney Madeleine Madden as Egwene Al’Vere, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara, Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon, Zoë Robins as Nynaeve, Josha Stradowski as Rand Al’Thor, Priyanka Bose as Alanna Mosvani, Taylor Napier as Maksim and Emmanuel Imani as Ihbon.
Also since then, the production has been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, but production has recently wrapped on Season 1 in the Czech Republic. Now, though, Amazon Studios has already given the green light to a second season.
“The belief Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television have shown in The Wheel of Time has been incredible to see throughout the entire process of making this show. Getting a second season order before the first season has even premiered is such a vote of confidence in the work we are doing and the property itself, and we couldn’t be happier to be able to continue to live and work in the world Robert Jordan created,” said Rafe Judkins in a statement. “This property is one I’ve loved since I was a teenager, and seeing it brought to life with the resources to make it truly worthy of what’s on the page is something I can’t wait for the other fans of the books to see. And Season 2 just keeps expanding the world we built in Season 1.”
Co-Head of Television at Amazon Studios Vernon Sanders added: “The Wheel of Time is a beloved series of fantasy novels from Robert Jordan, renowned for the rich world and diverse characters he created. The approach Rafe and his team have taken with this project is a testament to Amazon Studios commitment to deliver something special for the devoted fans around the world. In partnership with the team at Sony Pictures Television, we wanted our Prime Video customers to be delighted that a second season is already in the works so that they would know that the journey would continue.”