The Wheel Of Time Season 1 - Episode 1
The first season, consisting of eight episodes, premiered on Prime Video on November 19, 2021, with the first three episodes released immediately and the remaining five on a weekly basis after that, culminating in the season finale on December 24, 2021. The series was renewed for a second season in May 2021, before the series premiered. In July 2022, ahead of the second-season premiere, the series was renewed for a third season. .mw-parser-output .toclimit-2 .toclevel-1 ul,.mw-parser-output .toclimit-3 .toclevel-2 ul,.mw-parser-output .toclimit-4 .toclevel-3 ul,.mw-parser-output .toclimit-5 .toclevel-4 ul,.mw-parser-output .toclimit-6 .toclevel-5 ul,.mw-parser-output .toclimit-7 .toclevel-6 uldisplay:none
The Wheel of Time Season 1 - Episode 1
On May 20, 2021, Amazon renewed the series for a second season ahead of the series premiere. The first episode of the second season is titled "A Taste of Solitude", with the teleplay by Amanda Kate Shuman. Thomas Napper, Maja Vrvilo, and Sanaa Hamri have been reported to be directing episodes of season 2, with Hamri directing half of the season and serving as an executive producer. On July 21, 2022, ahead of the second-season premiere, Amazon renewed the series for a third season.
The series premiered on the streaming service Amazon Prime Video on November 19, 2021, with the first three episodes available immediately and the rest debuting on a weekly basis. The first two episodes premiered in theaters in London, UK, and select cities across the US on November 15, 2021, ahead of the streaming release of the first three episodes. The series was the most-watched Prime Video premiere of 2021 and among the most-watched Prime Video premieres on record; the premiere was also the most-pirated television program of the week. The series had "the greatest average audience demand in the US in the first 30 days after its premiere of any new series" in 2021. According to Nielsen, season one accumulated 4.91 billion viewing minutes, making it the second-most watched season of a Prime Video original series on Nielsen's records.
In writing the episodes, Park wanted each to be focused on concepts that tied in thematically with the main show, might be of interest to series newcomers, and that long-time readers of the books might like to see visually. After Muller and Weber approved each script, Judkins gave the final approval, ensuring that an episode did not spoil information the writers intend the main show to convey later on. Director Dan DiFelice said that he wanted to take full advantage of the animated medium and not "just take live action and paint over it", and that he wanted to capture a "certain grittiness, mood, and texture" in the art style and direction. His team consisted of a "huge team from MPC but then all these freelancers, globally..."
This is appropriate, given that Eye of the World, the hefty first volume in Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time saga, is itself a bracing and often overwhelming deluge of names, places, cultures, and curses. For now, just know this: The world is broken, a Dark One is waking, and the fate of existence rests on the shoulders of a chosen one, the reincarnated soul of the man responsible for the "Breaking of the World." You see, time is a wheel in this world, and, though it changes slightly with every spin, the wheel always comes back around to where it started.
We wait for the wheels to turn again. With Amazon's The Wheel of Time season 2 having wrapped filming, and the service having put a full blitz behind Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power, it certainly feels Prime Video is the new land of big fantasy.
On top of that, the fantasy series marked its production wrap by unveiling a behind-the-scenes teaser video. It hints at some new locations and epic action scenes. Prime Video ordered The Wheel of Time season 2 before the series ever debuted, and the new season was already half-filmed when the first season premiered last November. The series, based on Robert Jordan's bestselling books, polarized longtime fans but seemingly was popular enough to merit more episodes.
The Wheel of Time season 2 will start expanding the cast of characters greatly, keeping the series in line with the books. Most of the main crew will return, with one exception. Barney Harris, who played the roguish Mat Cauthon, mysteriously left the show midway through season 1's production, making for an awkward latter two episodes.
We don't know much about the episode list for season 2, but it looks like we'll get eight again like the first season. The first episode title and director was revealed by the official Wheel of Time Twitter account (opens in new tab).
Better VFX: The visual effects for The Wheel of Time's first season were all over the place. Sometimes, they looked great and other times, they looked incredibly low-budget and shoddy. The COVID-19 pandemic certainly threw a wrench in things, so I hope that the production crew can do a better job for this next season.
More consistent writing and structure: While I think the core of the show was fine, the writing was all over the place. Contradictions to the books' lore, and just lackluster writing in places certainly made me raise an eyebrow more than once. The pacing left a lot to be asked for, and the show wasted its very limited time on superfluous things (like the Stepin arc). And as such, we had few opportunities to get to know the characters, other than Moiraine. I'd like to see season 2 have much more consistency in quality, especially in dialogue.
We meet mysterious gleeman Thom Merrilin (Alexandre Willaume) in The Wheel of Time's third episode, "A Place of Safety." Jordan introduces Thom much earlier on in The Eye of the World. He arrives in the Two Rivers as entertainment for the Bel Tine festival and accompanies the group when they leave after the attack. He also advises Rand, Mat, and Perrin to hide their mysterious dreams from Moiraine. When the group splits up in Shadar Logoth, he escapes with Rand and Mat. So, introducing him now still means we could see how this trio interacts with each other. It also means that we had one less character to worry about remembering in the early episodes. Now that we're more familiar with our seven leads, we can devote some time to getting to know the supporting cast.
The Wheel of Time's seventh episode, "The Dark Along the Ways," brings our heroes (minus Mat) to the city of Fal Dara. There, in keeping with The Eye of the World, they meet Lord Agelmar (Thomas Chaanhing) and learn that Lan is the uncrowned king of Malkier. However, there are still a few aspects of their time in Fal Dara that differ from the books.
The episode ends with Rand and Moiraine following in Mat's footsteps and leaving everyone behind. Just like with Mat's exit, this is a new addition. And it's one that may take the season's climax in a completely different direction. In the book, Rand has his friends with him for this final portion of the journey, and he still doesn't know he's the Dragon Reborn. His in-show knowledge of his identity could drastically change his climactic showdown with the Dark One.
However, in cutting to the chase so quickly, the show rushes the Fain reveal in one of the finale's weakest scenes. Fain has barely been given any time this season, so non-book readers may find this storyline to be too much of a surprise, and not a particularly exciting one. In this scene, The Wheel of Time also makes the dubious choice of possibly killing off Loial. Yet, his death is never confirmed. So, I'm holding out hope that he's wounded, not gone.
The Emond\u2019s Field Five are finally reunited and learn what Moiraine has in store for them in this week\u2019s episode of The Wheel of Time, \u201cThe Flames of Tar Valon.\u201d It\u2019s another excellent outing that pushes the first season into the endgame while laying out the stakes for the characters and the world.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, Judkins confirmed that the Prime Video fantasy series' second season will once again comprise eight installments, only this time, the overall runtime has been extended. The Wheel of Time Season 1's episodes ranged between 54 and 60 minutes, which suggests that Season 2's episodes will clock in at over an hour each.
Around the same time that the behind-the-scenes video dropped, Judkins revealed a fan-favorite Wheel of Time character's inclusion in Season 2, as well. The showrunner tweeted that wolf Hopper will appear in the second season, after being notably absent from the Prime Video series' first eight-episode run. Hopper debuted in Wheel of Time creator Robert Jordan's original novel, The Eye of the World, and served as a mentor to Perrin Aybara (Marcus Rutherford) as he came to grips with his supernatural "wolfbrother" abilities.
Judkins also recently used the discussion surrounding The Wheel of Time Season 2 to take a jab at HBO's Game of Thrones. Discussing the challenges involved with adapting the multi-strand narrative of Jordan's second novel, The Great Hunt, Judkins quipped that he was trying "to avoid one-hour cross-continent dragon flights." This was seemingly a reference to later seasons of Game of Thrones which often fudged the amount of time needed for characters to traverse the sprawling realm of Westeros.
Judkins will have to work overtime to avoid making this same mistake, especially now that Prime Video has officially renewed The Wheel of Time for a third season. Jordan's novels are famous for their sweeping scale which increases dramatically with each new entry in the series. How Judkins plans to address the story's scope creep in upcoming seasons remains to be seen.
The Wheel of Time books have a lot of powerful and inspiring quotes in them, and now so does the new Prime Video series. Inspired by the books, but still working to be its own thing, the series takes viewers into a fantasy world that they will become immersed in. Chances are, many who have not read the books yet, will be picking them up by the time season one ends. Here is collection of the best The Wheel of Time quotes that will inspire them to do just that. 041b061a72