When is The Wheel of Time season 2 release date? Amazon’s fantasy series, The Wheel of Time, was renewed for season 2 before it aired on the streaming service. Here’s what we know so far about what to expect when it returns.
The Wheel of Time season 1 gave us what we’d been missing since Game of Thrones ended: an adaptation of beloved, sprawling, and ambitious fantasy novels. Alongside Rings of Power season 2 and House of the Dragon season 2, Wheel of Time season 2 is coming back for more in an attempt to win the battle of the best fantasy series: a battle which is hotly contested.
But what is The Wheel of Time season 2 release date, and what do we know about the show’s cast and plot? Unlike Robert Jordan’s novels, this guide is very accessible, and very concise. Find out all the answers below.
The Wheel of Time season 2 release date
The Wheel of Time season 2 release date is set for September 1, 2023, which is when the new season of the show will debut on Amazon Prime Video. This exciting news was confirmed on May 24, 2023.
Filming for the show commenced in July 2021, and a few details have already been released by showrunner Rafe Judkins to whet our appetites for what comes next. The production on season 2 wrapped in May 2022, so it’s taken well over a year for the post-production work to conclude on the latest season.
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Who’s in The Wheel of Time season 2 cast?
The Wheel of Time season 2 will bring with it some new and expanded characters, along with a casting change. Barney Harris will no longer be playing Mat, rumours abound regarding the reasons for this, but they all seem like speculation without confirmation from any party.
Harris is being replaced by Dónal Finn; you might recognise him from The Witcher or How to Build A Girl. Other characters will expand into recurring roles, including Guy Roberts as Uno Nomesta, the one-eyed soldier from the end of the last series. Arnas Fedaravicius (The Last Kingdom) also joins the cast as Masema Dagar, a soldier turned prophet.
Ceara Coveney of Netflix’s Young Wallander joins the cast as Elayne Trakand. Royal-born and a powerful channeler, she is an Aes Sedai of the Green Ajah. She will be joined by Meera Syal (Yesterday, The Kumars), and Natasha O’Keefe (Peaky Blinders) as currently unnamed characters.
Other new Wheel of Time season 2 cast members include Maja Simonsen, Ragga Ragnars, Jay Duffy, and Rima Te Wiata as Chiad, Bain, Dain Bornhal and Sheriam Bayanar.
The Wheel of Time season 2 cast list includes:
- Rosamund Pike
- Daniel Henney
- Zoë Robins
- Madeleine Madden
- Josha Stradowski
- Marcus Rutherford
- Kate Fleetwood
- Sophie Okonedo
- Alvaro Morte
- Hammed Animashaun
- Alexandre Willaume
- Johann Myers
- Kae Alexander
- Fares Fares
- Priyanka Bose
- Maja Simonsen
- Ragga Ragnars
- Jay Duffy
- Rima Te Wiata
What will happen in The Wheel of Time season 2 plot?
The Wheels of Time’s official Twitter account revealed that the title of the first episode is ‘A Taste of Solitude’ and as this is a chapter title from the sixth book in the series we can expect there to be some links.
However, Rafe Judkins said on the Empire Spoiler Special Film Podcast that Season 2 will weave plotlines from Book Two, ‘The Great Hunt’ and Book Three, ‘The Dragon Reborn’.
These won’t follow the books exactly but will be weaved to fit more comfortably into the TV format. The season will repeat the eight-episode format of the first series. They have also had to bulk out the appearances of Moiraine and Lan compared to the books, as they only appear in a single chapter in book two. This would be a disservice to the skills and appeal of Rosamund Pike and Daniel Henney.
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One of the biggest questions about the Wheel of Time season 2 plot is whether we will see more of the world from 3,000 years ago when the original prophecies were made. In the cold open of episode 8, we were briefly given a glimpse into a futuristic world with flying cars which looked more science fiction than fantasy. Will the future of the series show more of this world? And how did they go from that to what is happening now?
Where can I watch The Wheel of Time season 2?
Like the first season, you can watch The Wheel of Time exclusively on the streaming service Prime Video. If you’ve not got an account, you can sign up for Amazon prime here using our affiliate link.
What questions will The Wheel of Time season 2 answer?
Judkins has addressed some fan questions from the first series. According to the mythology of this world, death is about the only thing that cannot be healed. Which led to some speculation regarding how Egwene could bring back Nyneave when she was apparently dead. Judkins assured fans that this and more would be made clear.
Whether Egwene has a particular power we don’t know about, or Nyneave wasn’t, in fact, as dead as she looked. This leaves our original five alive to continue their adventures, albeit in a very different environment to the one they started off in.
Fans also asked how Moiraine managed her secret meeting with Suian (Sophie Okonedo). If movement between places was possible in this way, why did they walk most of the way from The Two Rivers to the White Tower?
If there’s one thing fantasy fans are good at, it’s asking why people don’t take shortcuts – like flying to Mordor on an eagle rather than walking. Judkins confirmed that a specific device that channels the one power was used in this scene, and these items are rare. Because who are we to question these writers? They think of everything!
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Perhaps more about these objects will be explained in season two? The Sa’angreal is one such object, shown in the final episode to channel the one power in a way that one person can handle, avoiding the burning out shown outside Fal Dara during the attack from The Dark One’s (Fares Fares) forces.
That’s all we know about The Wheel of Time season 2. It feels like a long wait now for the next series to drop, but if it’s as strong as the first, it’ll be worth it. And as the wheel keeps turning, it’ll be here before we know it. Until then, check out our guide on The Witcher season 3 release date. Or you can read about all the new movies heading our way in 2023, as well as our picks for the best TV series of all time.