Thursday, 2 September 2021

Amazon reveals first WHEEL OF TIME trailer

Amazon have - at last! - revealed the first trailer for the Wheel of Time television series.

The trailer opens with Nynaeve al'Meara (Zoë Robins), the village Wisdom of Emond's Field, telling  Egwene al'Vere (Madeleine Madden) to "be strong" before pushing her into a river. This scene is not from the books, but may be linked to the idea that Nynaeve is considering training Egwene as her apprentice, although Egwene, as the Mayor's daughter, is also considering other options for her future.

The peaceful village of Emond's Field, the chief settlement of the Two Rivers.

Blacksmith Perrin Aybara (Marcus Rutherford), Mat Cauthon (Barney Harris) and farmer's son Rand al'Thor (Josha Stradowski) enjoying themselves in the Winespring Inn.

Egwene covered in the a pool of colours. This isn't from the books, but may be some kind of dream sequence.

The city of Tar Valon, the stronghold of the Aes Sedai. This image is looking south, past the White Tower towards the forbidding mountain of Dragonmount. Tar Valon and the White Tower have been significantly redesigned from the books, and either Tar Valon is a lot smaller or the White Tower is stupendously huger than it is in the novels.

Moiraine Damodred (Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Rosamund Pike), an Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah, letting people know she's here to glare disapprovingly a lot and kick arse.

The Hall of the Tower, the governing body of the Aes Sedai, convenes. Front and centre are Liandrin Guirale of the Red Ajah (Kate Fleetwood), Moiraine and Alanna Mosvani of the Green Ajah (Priyanka Bose). The Keeper of the Chronicles, Leane Sharif (Jennifer Cheon Garcia) can be seen at right.

The Amyrlin Sea of the Aes Sedai, Siuan Sanche (Academy Award nominee Sophie Okonedo), the first among equals and effective leader of the Aes Sedai sisterhood.

Moiraine channels the One Power, the energy that drives the Wheel of Time, to destroy attacking enemies.

Liandrin commands a detachment of sisters of the Red Ajah. The Red sisters dedicate themselves to tracking down and gentling (neutralising) any man who can channel the One Power, for men who try to channel are doomed to go insane and die horribly, wreaking great destruction in the process.

Leane keeps order in the Hall of the Tower.

Alanna channels the One Power to stop an arrow attack on the Aes Sedai sisters sent to apprehend the false Dragon and male channeller, Logain Ablar.

Another aerial shot of Tar Valon. In the books, the island of Tar Valon is eight miles long, so if that's the case here, the White Tower is really freaking huge. In the books it is a relatively modest 600 feet high.

Rand and Mat gaze on the ruined city of Shadar Logoth in the distance.

Mat finds an abandoned dagger in Shadar Logoth.

Our heroes flee Shadar Logoth as a strange shadow consumes the city.

Perrin runs into some wolves in the forest.

Rand and Egwene share a moment. In a marked shift from the books, where Rand and Egwene assume they have been promised to one another in marriage by their parents but never actually have a relationship, they appear to be much more intimate here.

Tam al'Thor (Game of Thrones' Michael McElhatton), Rand's honourable father, gives his son some parting words of advice.

Villagers in Emond's Field celebrating the festival of Winternight.

The Aes Sedai count the cost of their victory over Logain.

In a repeat of the aerial wheel motif, the Hall of the Tower as seen from above.

Al'Lan Mandragoran (Daniel Henney) - you can call him Lan - Moiraine's Warder and close ally.

A Myrddraal leads a pack of Trollocs on a raid.

The ragtag followers of the false Dragon mount an attack.

Logain Ablar (Álvaro Morte), a man who can channel the One Power. He has proclaimed himself the Dragon Reborn, the chosen hero of destiny who will stand against the Dark One. The Aes Sedai are disinclined to believe him.

Moiraine arrives in the White Tower. This is another marked change from the books, where Moiraine only visits the Tower on-page in the prequel novel, New Spring.

Lan and Moiraine fight off three Trollocs.

The companions assemble at a Waygate, a mysterious portal leading into a realm known as the Ways. They are joined on their adventure here by the Ogier Loial (Hammed Animashaun), whom I suspect is actually supposed to be in this shot but his CGI wasn't ready.

A Myrddraal, also known as an Eyeless or Fade, a servant of the Dark One who commands his Trolloc hordes in battle. Myrddraal are famed for their blade skill and their ability to make the unwary feel fear with a single "look."

Moiraine unleashes the One Power.

The Wheel of Time's eight-episode first season arrives on 19 November this year with the first three episodes, then one episode will air weekly from 26 November. Season 2 is already in production.


Anonymous said...

Pretty bad trailer, dident feel like it told the audience anything. Looked like just another fantasy show. Love the books, hopefully the show is good.

Phil Monks said...


Andy said...

Adapting this is going to be an impossible mess given what Robert Jordan left behind and Brandon Sanderson only partly fixed. A faithful adaptation would be unwatchable. But given all the criticism of the diversity of the cast, and how this departs from the books, I'm surprised at how good the art direction is. At first glance the world looks a lot more believable than I feared it might be. But books one and two are so very different it's going to be hard to mash them together into a single season.

Dpoulos27 said...

Looks really good - interested to see how they merge some characters and what plotlines they skip (because there are several that they should snip or reduce)

Adam Whitehead said...

"But books one and two are so very different it's going to be hard to mash them together into a single season."

Good thing they're not. Season 1 is mostly just Book 1 (although there is some more foreshadowing of elements in later books, which RJ was unable to do because he hadn't invented them yet). They're casting Book 2 roles now for Season 2.

Obviously they're not making 14 seasons - they're currently planning 8 - so there will have to be fairly substantial plot compression later on, but they're not doing that at the start.

Mike E. said...

Egwene in the pool could be a reworking of her Tower dream sequences/testing montage.

Angelo said...

Strong Shannara Chronicles tv series vibes. :(