Guide to enter ‘The Wheel of Time’, the fantasy series that does not make the biggest mistake of ‘Game of Thrones’

Amazon Prime Video premieres the first three episodes of the fantasy series based on the famous literary saga this Friday, November 19 and, subsequently, a weekly chapter.

Amazon Prime Video is about to release what a great and ambitious project in hand that could well become one of the most outstanding series not only of 2021, but of the decade. As it happened with the unforgettable Game of Thrones 10 years ago. We refer to The Wheel of Time, the adaptation of the famous eponymous fantasy saga written by Robert Jordan –and finished by Brandon Sanderson- that has so much prestige among lovers of the genre on paper.

Developed by Rafe Judkins and starring Rosamund Pike as the leader of a cast of lesser-known faces destined to grow in popularity, the series debuts with its first three episodes this Friday, November 19 and, subsequently, a weekly episode.

Almost on tiptoe, although with his hundreds of thousands of followers around the world very aware of his every move, The Wheel of Time It has become without us noticing one of the star premieres in the remainder of the year. The expected premiere date was announced in the best scenario for this, Comic-Con @ Home 2021, in which the series was the protagonist of its own panel with the presence of its ‘showrunner’, who was personally in charge of confirming the premiere of the first season before the end of the year and to present the official poster starring the majestic main character, Moiraine.

Considered by Amazon Prime Video as one of its great bets, the streaming platform did not want to wait to assess the reception of the first installment to order a season 2 of The Wheel of Time and recently it has given the green light to a third that will begin shooting right after the second. This vote of confidence has been received with great joy by the team of the series, which, in fact, months ago returned to the filming set to get going with the new episodes. There is no time to lose.

Whether you are a lover of the long-lived Robert Jordan book saga that adapts The Wheel of Time as if you are not, you will like to know the Fundamental details surrounding the new great Amazon Prime Video series. You can discover them all below:

A 20-volume literary saga that began Robert Jordan and ended Brandon Sanderson

First of all, let’s do a little review of the history of the literary saga of which the Amazon series is an adaptation. Published between 1990 and 2013, ‘The Wheel of Time’ is originally made up of 14 novels. In Spain, however, although several different editions of the collection have been published, the saga was published in 20 volumes in total.

So though the story has been slow to be told from beginning to end no more and no less than 23 years, it is a long story in which, hopefully for its readers, there have been no waits too long between one book and the next. The longest would occur as a result of the death of the author of the saga, Robert Jordan, who died in 2007 due to a serious illness. The writer had already announced a year earlier that he had been diagnosed with cardiac amyloidosis and that he only had a few years to live. At the time of his death, Robert Jordan was working on what he planned to be the twelfth and last novel in the series., but could never complete it.

The writer who took over the mission to finish the saga was the acclaimed science fiction author Brandon Sanderson, who would sign the last three books of the series according to the notes that the author had left while alive.

What is ‘The Wheel of Time’ about?

Set in a universe in which only women can use magic, ‘The Wheel of Time’ introduces us to a group of young people residing in a land known as Two Rivers whose existence is altered by an Aes Sedai named Moiraine (Moiraine). The Aes Sedai, whose meaning is “Servants of All” are powerful sorceresses, trained in the mythical White Tower – the organization’s power center – to be part of a powerful group that advises the government and supervises everything related to magic. .

The five teenagers – Rand Al’Thor, Perrin Aybara, Nynaeve, Mat Cauthon and Egwene Al’Vere – are recruited because Moiraine has the firm belief that one of the three boys is the Dragon Reborn, the reincarnation of a legendary hero whose magic could well save or destroy the world altogether. According to the prophecy, the Reborn Dragon will be the only one capable of defeating the Dark One and bringing with him a true Age of Peace, but the reality is that the men who use magic end up going insane inevitably as a result of the manipulation of the villain.

Although completely oblivious to Moiraine’s stories, young people see in her the opportunity to leave Two Rivers behind, while being drawn to the powerful magic of the sorceress. While gigantic and mighty creatures lurk, Moiraine’s goal will be to take her young group of companions to the White Tower of the Aes Sedai, but their journey across the continent will turn into an epic adventure. that not even she could have foreseen.

In summary, we could say that ‘The Wheel of Time’ is a story of struggle between good and evil, but the story is full of elements as complex as they are enriching that make it a truly unique story.

Who are the protagonists of ‘The Wheel of Time’?

The undeniable protagonist of the Amazon series is Rosamund Pike, who embodies the Aes Sedai Moiraine. Your guardian and right hand, Lan Mandragoran, which we had not mentioned yet but which is also a fundamental part of the story is played by Daniel Henney.

With respect to group of five young people that the sorceress will be leading to White Tower, those in charge of embodying them will be the also young actors Josha Stradowski as Rand al’Thor, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara, Barney Harris, as Mat Cauthon, Madeleine Madden as Egwene al’Vere and Zoë Robins como Nynaeve al’Meara.

The choice of actors, from the main cast to each of the minor characters and even extras, has been carried out after arduous casting work in which the team says they have left their skin.

Eye! And that the cast has a Spanish flavor, since Alvaro Morte himself, the Spanish actor who plays the Professor in the hit The Money Heist, has been selected to play a character named Logain Ablar, an Asha’man of the Black Tower, a former False Dragon, and a nobleman from Gheadanin.

The road to becoming an Amazon series and how it did not make the biggest mistake of ‘Game of Thrones’

The main mistake of adapting Game of Thrones that the team of ‘The Wheel of Time’ has not committed is related to the state of the material that is being adapted. We all know the history of the HBO series, which began its journey in 2011 with great success but with the work of George RR Martin that it adapted being unfinished. At that time it seemed that fiction would not reach the books, but the dreaded situation did not take long to occur and, From the fifth season on, the series had to go its own way outside the novels and make its own ending. A situation of which the author of the saga Song of ice and fire He continues to regret it, although at the same time he still does not finish his literary saga with the two remaining books he has in mind: Winter winds and Spring dream.

In the case of The Wheel of Time, That is not going to happen. Despite Jordan’s death, which might as well have complicated things, Brandon Sanderson was in charge of fulfilling the will of the writer and giving fans the ending they deserved.

Nevertheless, the first time that a chain was made with the rights of the fantasy saga was in the year 2000, when only eight – and the ninth was about – books in the collection had been published. However, NBC decided not to go ahead with the production and it would not be until four years later, in 2004, when the author sold the rights again to the production company Red Eagle Entertainment, which in turn commissioned the FXX network to develop a pilot. short that could lead to the television adaptation of the saga. The result was not good and, in fact, the comments of the then the widow of Jordan, Harriet McDougal, ended in a lawsuit by the producer that would not be resolved until 2016.

Already in 2017, with the saga already complete since 2013, it was announced that Sony Pictures Television was carrying out an adaptation with Rafe Judkins himself as ‘showrunner’ and McDougal as consultant. In 2018, however, it would be made official that the production company became Amazon Studios, which has finally carried out the ambitious project.

Three confirmed seasons and eight at the head of his team

With the premiere of the first season taking place, it is imminent and a second and third installment already in full production, the plans of the team The Wheel of Time they go much further.

As confirmed by Judkins himself during the presentation of the series at Comic-Con, The Wheel of Time it could turn out to be the hit fantasy series that it is envisioned to be for many years to come. At the moment Judkins has planned eight seasons to adapt the vast amount of original material out there, but it will be the course of the series that finally determines the final number.

In any case, the point is that The Wheel of Time is in the best hands: in those of a true fan of the series whose sole objective is to do justice to the story that gave him the best literary experience of his life.

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