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The Wheel Of Time Season 2 - What We Know So Far

Fans anticipating the upcoming fantasy series "The Wheel of Time" now have more to look forward to. 

Amazon Studios announced on May 20 that it was greenlighting a second season of the series, which it is co-producing with Sony Pictures Television, just days after the first season finished shooting. "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," showrunner Rafe Judkins said in a press release, "and we couldn't be happier to be able to continue to live and work in the world Robert Jordan created."

Adapted from Jordan's sprawling, 14-novel epic, which also includes a prequel and two companion books, "The Wheel of Time" follows the channeller Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), a member of an all-female group of magic users, as she uncovers, mentors, and protects the Dragon Reborn, the reincarnation of an ancient and powerful hero who will either save the world or destroy it. Here's what we know about the show's second season.

When will Season 2 of The Wheel of Time be released?

Perhaps the only guarantee we have right now as to the timing of Season 2's release is that it will drop sometime after Season 1.

So far, Amazon hasn't even provided a release date for the first season of "The Wheel of Time," so it likely will be a while. The series just wrapped production on the first season earlier in May, though additional reshoots and pickups might be necessary. Then there's editing to complete, visual effects to be added, and other post-production steps that need to be undertaken before it will be placed on the streaming service. After a long shoot that suffered multiple delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it makes sense that the show's creative team doesn't want to rush straight back into things.

The good news is those delays have reportedly given the writers a chance to make a lot of headway on the scripts for Season 2, so when filming does pick back up again, they'll be ready to go on that front. The other consideration for Season 2's timing is that "The Wheel of Time" isn't the only high-fantasy adaptation coming to Amazon in the near future. Amazon is spending big on its "Lord of the Rings" prequel series, and it's likely to space out the release of each of the shows pretty far throughout the year so they don't step on each other's toes.

Who is in the cast for The Wheel of Time Season 2?

Amazon's press release indicates that Pike is serving as a producer on the show, so it seems that she'll be returning as Moiraine. As for the rest, Deadline wrote that a plethora of actors will be joining Pike in Season 1, including Josha Stradowski, Marcus Rutherford, Zoe Robins, Barney Harris, and Madeleine Madden, plus dozens more. We did say it was a sprawling epic, didn't we?

It is the five aforementioned actors who are worth paying particular attention to, as they will portray the central group whose journey with Moiraine is depicted in the series' first book, "The Eye of the World." Stradowski plays Rand al'Thor, Rutherford plays Perrin Aybara, Robins is Nynaeve al'Meara, Harris is Mat Cauthon, and Madden appears as Egwene al'Vere. Henney will play Lan Mandragoran, known as the greatest swordsman of the age. 

Though the paths of this core fellowship split and diverge throughout the series, for the time being, that group, along with Pike, seems the most likely to return for Season 2. However, a website called The Compendium of "Wheel of Time" Characters says there are 2,782 named characters across the book series, so feel free to let your fan-casting imagination go wild.

What is the plot of The Wheel of Time Season 2?

Since the first season has yet to release, it's tough to predict the plot of Season 2, despite the extensive road map Jordan's books provide. Presumably, the series will start at the very beginning — as much of a beginning as a series called "The Wheel of Time" can have — but the information that's been released so far has stuck to talking about adapting the books in general and not specifically "The Eye of the World." Some fans have noticed that the episode titles that have been released so far for Season 1 are drawn from chapters both in "The Eye of the World" and the series' second book, "The Great Hunt."

Of course, they aren't necessarily duty-bound to match episode to chapter, even if they are using the titles. But it could be a hint that by Season 2, the series will have already moved on to the events of the third book, "The Dragon Reborn," or even past it. "The Wheel of Time" Twitter account posted a look at the title page for a Season 2 script on May 20, and its title, "A Taste of Solitude," comes from the sixth book, "Lord of Chaos." 

Adapting something into a television series doesn't always lend itself to the same rhythms and breaks as the books, especially considering that those first two novels add up to nearly 600,000 words between them. So don't be surprised if some events are reshuffled as part of the effort to get Jordan's book cycle onscreen.