Amazon’s upcoming fantasy series, The wheel of time, had an eventful panel at New York Comic Con today. Showrunner Rafe Judkins and cast members Rosamunde Pike, Daniel Henney, Josha Stradowski, Marcus Rutherford, Zoë Robbins and Madeleine Madden joined Nerdist’s Amy Ratcliffe to discuss what viewers can expect from the show’s first season, in addition to a sneak peek and exciting casting news for the already green-lit second season.
Judkins was at San Diego Comic-Con over the summer to feature Amazon’s adaptation of Robert Jordan’s 14-book American fantasy series, but with the premiere just over a month out, NYCC ticket holders got a much more concrete look. image. When asked how he went about adapting such a long-running series, Judkins said it was more about the heart than sticking strictly to every plot point of the books. He wanted to make sure that readers would recognize the series and that new viewers would be intrigued. “I think if people can just see it on screen and feel like it feels at the core like the books, in that elusive way, then we’ve done our job,” he said.
A clip from the show premiered during the panel. Judkins described it as ‘Moiraine’s first arrival in the Two Rivers. It’s cool because then we see all the lovely people on this panel really interacting and being in the same room for the very first time in the series. So it is at that point that everything in the Wheel of Time is activated. It’s the moment that these kids who live in this mountain village, their lives are never the same from the moment they walk into the city. So now is the time.”
The clip shows Egwene (Madden) serving drinks at her parents’ inn in the Two Rivers, the village where the book begins. Rand (Stradowski) stands against a wall looking at Egwene, and we see hints of the love story that will take center stage in this first season. Perrin (Rutherford) refers to some sort of ceremony that Egwene has experienced before, but before the two can go too far in revealing anything, Moiraine (Pike) and Lan (Henney) appear as Aes Sedai and Warder. We see reactions from the main characters, and it’s Nynaeve (Robbins) who speaks with Lan first – certainly exciting readers of the books who know what’s going to happen to their characters. We even get a very brief glimpse of Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon, despite Harris’ imminent departure from the series, as he’s been recast for the second season.
Watching the clip gave viewers some insight into how fast the series could go, a question that has been asked since the adaptation was announced. Information that has long been in the books happens almost instantly, as the mistress of the inn sees Moiraine’s Aes Sedai ring on the screen.
Judkins talked about how the series will compare to other fantasy stories that audiences may already know. He noted that when the books were first released in 1990, they were quite revolutionary, with an ensemble cast, multiple points of view in the story, and the fact that the main characters were split between men and women rather than relying heavily on one gender. to concentrate. He went on to recognize that The wheel of time heavily influenced by Eastern philosophies such as Hinduism and Buddhism, the story is ultimately not so much a battle of good versus evil as an attempt to restore balance in the world.
The entire cast has read the series — with Stradowski being the furthest, who made it all the way to book eleven — and they’ve been inspired by the intricacies Jordan gave their characters. Each member of the cast feels completely connected to the character they play on screen.
Despite an introduction in the first book, a certain character was missing from the cast list for season one. Fans will be happy to hear that in season two they will finally see Elayne Trakand, Andor’s daughter-heir, played by Ceara Coveney (pa, Emma’s wonderful world). Judkins also announced that actors Natasha O’Keefe (Peaky Blinders, misfits) and Meera Syal (The Kumars at number 42, Broadchurch) will also join the cast. While it’s unclear which characters they will play, Judkins hinted that they would be playing two of the most important characters in the entire series.
The wheel of time premieres November 19 on Amazon.