Who is the Dragon Reborn in ‘The Wheel of Time’? This is how the creator justifies one of the great changes of the series with respect to the books

The television adaptation of the fantasy literary saga has already debuted on Amazon Prime Video, which premieres a new episode every Friday.

If you have already started to see The Wheel of Time in Amazon Prime VideoYou will already know that, at least in this first stage, there is a main question that has not only been established in the minds of the spectators, but is also the biggest doubt of its protagonists: Who is the Dragon Reborn?

Not even Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) knows, who for the moment is only convinced that one of the young men from Two Rivers who accompany her on her adventure is destined to become the new Dragon of the Third Age. The mighty Aes Sedai is not the only one looking for him. The Shadow spawn also want to reach him to make him reach the Dark One and, therefore, the journey of the group of protagonists until they reach the White Tower becomes so dangerous for all of them.

Let’s recap some details about the mythology of Robert Jordan’s literary saga: Dragon is the title bestowed upon the Champion of Light after his fight against the Dark One, a confrontation that, according to legend, is destined to occur over and over again as the Wheel of Time turns. In the author’s account, the story takes place in the third of the seven eras that make up the Wheel. It is known as the Third Age and the facts indicate that the Dragon Reborn is a young man from Two Rivers.

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At first not if you know if you are a man or a woman and the candidates do not even finish believing that you may be one of them. But, little by little, as one of the protagonists, Marcus Rutherford (Perrin) assured, they are realizing the role they play in the story: “At the end of the first season they have to look at themselves and face whether they will to accept [su destino] or how they are going to challenge it. At first they are very naive to what Moiraine is telling them, but on this journey they come face to face with the fact of who they are and the skills they possess. “

Effectively, on The Wheel of Time From Amazon Prime Video it is not known if the Dragon Reborn is a man or a woman, something that is one of the main differences with respect to the original material of Robert Jordan, in which it could only be a man. Thus, the candidates in the Amazon series are four, instead of three: Egwene (Madeleine Madden), Rand (Josha Stradowski), Mat (Barney Harris) and Perrin (Marcus Rutherford).

Is the series planning to change the character who turns out to be the Dragon Reborn in the books?

About this, the ‘showrunner’ Rafe Judkins spoke in a recent question and answer meeting on Reddit, after being asked by a fan about the fact of having introduced Egwene as a potential candidate. As he explained, the reason had to do with an even bigger change:

The change is not only related to the fact that a woman can be the Dragon. The general change we made was to make people not 100% convinced that these 3000 years of prophecies were 100% accurate.

With this they achieved, According to Judkins, offer greater credibility to the story, posing more real characters and not blinded by theories and legends: “I think it’s more credible to the world and you can see the characters questioning those Dragon prophecies and their details much more in the series than in the books. It would seem too trusting for the Aes Sedai, who don’t trust anyone, and especially for Moiraine, who trusts much less than anyone, to believe 100% of anything that was written thousands of years ago. “

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So whatThe fact that the team has introduced one more possibility among the candidates does not mean that the character who happened to be the Dragon Reborn in the fantasy play has been changed. In fact, the chances of that being the case, with the information we currently have, seem slim. Why? Because, undoubtedly, changing such an important detail would be a radical turn from books and Judkins, a lover of the work and a faithful reader since his youth, had already commented previously that the only changes it would make would be related to the need to adapt the story as a television series. That, not to say, that the followers of the literary saga would be deeply disturbed by the decision.

With its first three-episode debut last Friday, the following that make up season 1 of The Wheel of Time they can be enjoyed weekly and one at a time on Amazon Prime Video.