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10 Things We Learned About The Wheel Of Time Season 1 From Showrunner Rafe Judkins

It was Amazon’s biggest new series of 2021; a fantasy epic that hopes to one day rival Game Of Thrones and Lord Of The Rings. The story of five young people from a small town who might just save the world (or destroy it), The Wheel Of Time has magic users, a Dark One, more prophecies than you can shake a wizard’s staff at, and a whole mess of monsters to contend with.
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'The Wheel of Time' Showrunner Rafe Judkins on the Finale, Making the Big Battle an Ensemble Piece, and Plans for Season 2

Editor's note: The below interview contains spoilers for The Wheel of Time's Season 1 finale, "The Eye of the World." The Wheel of Time, which finally premiered on Prime Video in November, is adapted from the long-enduring fantasy novels by the late author Robert Jordan. The series takes place in a world where magic is ever-present, though it is typically wielded by an organization consisting of women known as the Aes Sedai. One among their ranks, Moiraine (Rosamund Pike), has been on a secret quest of her own for many years for someone called the Dragon Reborn, an overwhelmingly powerful individual who is prophesized to either save the world or lead it into destruction. Accompanied by her loyal Warder Lan Mandragoran (Daniel Henney), Moiraine travels to the region known as the Two Rivers, where it's possible that the reincarnation of the Dragon might exist from within a small group — sheepherder Rand al'Thor (Josha Stradowski), blacksmith Perrin Aybara (Marcus Rutherford), innkeepers' daughter Egwene al'Vere (Madeleine Madden), gambler and thief Mat Cauthon (Barney Harris), and town Wisdom Nynaeve al'Meara (Zoë Robins). After the Two Rivers are attacked by a band of vicious creatures called Trollocs, the group finds themselves on the run with one destination in mind — the city of Tar Valon, where the White Tower and the rest of the Aes Sedai might be able to help.

‘Wheel of Time’ Showrunner Rafe Judkins on That Shocking First Episode Death

[This story contains spoilers for the first three episodes of Wheel of Time.] Readers of The Eye of the World — the first book in Robert Jordan’s sprawling fantasy series The Wheel of Time — will no doubt note several prominent changes in Amazon’s ambitious series adaptation, the first three episodes of which premiered on the streamer Friday. Both the book and series begin in the same way as so many fantasy epics — with a group of nobodies who don’t choose greatness but have (potential) greatness thrust upon them. In this case, five youths from the remote farming village of Emond’s...
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‘The Wheel of Time’ Premiere With Zach Baron and Rafe Judkins

Mal and Jo sit down to talk about the massive three-episode premiere of Amazon’s The Wheel of Time series on Prime. They are joined by GQ’s Zach Baron to talk about the beloved fantasy novels that inspired Amazon Prime’s new show, adapting fantasy tales in the Game of Thrones age, and more (03:35). Then, they speak with The Wheel of Time showrunner Rafe Judkins about bringing the books to life, fan theories from the premiere, Survivor, and more (81:33).

The Wheel of Time Showrunner Rafe Judkins Planned Out Entire Series in Advance

The Wheel of Time's showrunner has a plan to adapt the entire book series by Robert Jordan in eight seasons. Amazon Studios' upcoming The Wheel of TIme show is a live-action adaptation of the popular fantasy book series by Robert Jordan. The book series is notable for many reasons, one of which is that it includes 13 full-length novels, all of which are hundreds of pages long and encompasses dozens of characters in interweaving plots. That's a lot of ground to cover for any television series, especially given the infamous ending of other once-popular fantasy shows like Game of Thrones.

'The Wheel of Time': Showrunner Rafe Judkins Teases the Wild Swings in Store For the Amazon Series

The Wheel of Time is yet another 2021 project based on a famously "unadaptable" sci-fi/fantasy property — and one thing it has in common with Dune and Foundation is having the right person behind the scenes, dedicated to making the story come alive on screen against all odds. In the case of the upcoming Amazon series, that person was showrunner Rafe Judkins (Marvel's Agents of SHIELD), who oversaw the process of transforming Robert Jordan's multi-book series into an epic tale revolving around what happens when an Aes Sedai known as Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) comes to a small village in search of the special young person who might be key to saving this world.