Though you might have thought that Prime Video emptied its wallet when it came to fantasy, splashing out a huge chunk of change for the rights to, and production budget for, ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’, there are still resources left for other shows that feature magic, weapons and prophecy.
And given the fervent following (and success) for the first season of ‘The Wheel of Time’ –– adapted from Robert Jordan’s epic book series –– the second is now on its way in less than a couple of months, with a new trailer to remind us all.
What’s the story of ‘The Wheel of Time’?
In the adaptation, Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski) learns he is The Dragon Reborn—a dangerous figure from history destined to save the world… Or break it. Desperate to protect him from the Dark One, an army of powerful women must reckon with his burgeoning power and encroaching madness. The Wheel of Time turns, and the Last Battle approaches. Though Rand thought he destroyed the Dark One, evil is not gone from the world.
In Season Two, threats new and very old seek out the young friends from the Two Rivers, now scattered over the world. The woman who found and guided them is now powerless to help, and so they must find other sources of strength. In each other, or themselves. In the Light –– or the Dark.
The second season is based on the second novel in Robert Jordan’s epic book series, ‘The Great Hunt’, as well as some elements of the third novel, ‘The Dragon Reborn’, and was filmed in the Czech Republic, Morocco, and Italy. The new look at the show’s second run offers a sneak peek at the introduction of fan favorite book characters such as Elayne Trakand, Aviendha, and Lady Suroth.
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Who else is in ‘The Wheel of Time’?
The show also stars Rosamund Pike as Moiraine Damodred, Daniel Henney as Lan Mandragoran, Zoë Robins as Nynaeve al’Meara, Madeleine Madden as Egwene al’Vere, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara, Dónal Finn as Mat Cauthon and Ceara Coveney as Elayne Trakand.
According to showrunner Rafe Judkins, the new episodes will explore Rand grappling with his power and the next stage of his quest, as he told The Wrap:
“He’s now cut off from his roots. And this is the start of an identity shift. Becoming the Dragon Reborn means that you’re the only person in the whole wide world who can save or destroy the world and that responsibility is insane. That weighs heavy and yes, I think Rand now has to go his own way to do what he needs to do. And it’s just the start of his transformation to — now knowing that he is the Dragon Reborn, now it’s actually about becoming the Dragon Reborn. And how do you do that? Who can help you with that? And it’s the start of a very heavy, dark, dramatic journey.”
Season 2 will hit Prime video on September 1st.
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