TV Show OverviewThe Wheel of Time TV show from Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures is an adaptation of Robert Jordan's 15-book epic fantasy masterpiece of the same name. The first book in the series was originally published in 1990 and has remained in print continuously since that time. Robert Jordan passed away in 2007 after completing 12 of the 15 books in the series. Fantasy author Brandon Sanderson completed the series based on Jordan's notes, and under the supervision of Harriet McDougal, Jordan's wife and editor.
The Wheel of Time will air on Amazon Prime Video. Season 1 will premiere on November 19, 2021 and air its finale on December 24.
The show runner and executive producer is Rafe Judkins.
What We Know So Far
Season 1 is confirmed to debut November 19, 2021. (Full episode list and schedule)
Three episodes will air on the premiere date.
The remaining 5 episodes will air weekly after that.
The Season 1 finale will air on December 24, 2021.
Season 2 has been greenlit and is currently in production, and is expected to be completed sometime in early 2022.
The show is being produced primarily in Prague (Czech Republic), Croatia, and Slovenia. Denmark and Bali are also possible or future locations. Principal photography for Season 1 began September 16, 2019. (The 12-year anniversary of Robert Jordan's passing. See this short tribute video posted by Rafe Judkins & the official WoT on Prime twitter account) Filming was originally expected to go until May, 2020; an unusually long production schedule, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed that timeline. (see below) It's being produced by Amazon Studios. Rafe Judkins is the showrunner. (Twitter account)
Casting for the show is being done by casting director Kelly Valentine Hendry. Rosamund Pike has been cast in a lead role as Moiraine. She will also be credited as one of the show's producers. The "big 5" characters from the Two Rivers (Rand, Egwene, Mat, Perrin, Nynaeve) have been cast. Daniel Henney has been cast as Lan Mandragoran.
Each episode will be approximately 1-hour in length. Seasons 1 and and 2 will each have 8 episodes. View the episode list here. Brandon Sanderson read the season 1 scripts and says they are very well done. Rafe Judkins teased the Season 2 writer's room in November 2019. (A second season has been officially greenlit, announced in May 2021.) Four different directors will each helm 2 episodes of season 1. Uta Briesewitz, Wayne Yip, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, and Ciaran Donnelly. Read more about them here. Lorne Balfe, an Emmy award-winning composer, is creating the music for the show.
COVID-19 Impact on Production On March 13, 2020, production on the show was temporarily shut down due to the global coronavirus pandemic. The first 6 episodes were completely filmed when the pandemic shut production down. The final two episodes of the season were later filmed in 2021.