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The Wheel of Time continues to turn in the official trailer for Amazon's upcoming series adaptation of the epic fantasy novels penned by Robert Jordan. This footage gives us our best look yet at the magic and monsters of this sprawling, Game of Thrones-esque universe.
Gone Girl's Rosamund Pike leads the charge as Moiraine, a member of the magic-using Aes Sedai who is looking to stop "The Dark One" from rising to power. The only people capable of preventing such a catastrophe live in the small mountain town of Two Rivers, so that's where Moiraine goes with her bodyguard, al'Lan Mandragoran (Daniel Henney).
"If it feels like the books in that intangible way, then we will have done our job," showrunner/executive producer Rafe Judkins (an alum of ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) said at New York Comic Con earlier this month. "I think that does the job of bringing new fans to this show and to the world of The Wheel of Time as well."
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“One of the crazy things about now is just how ready and willing networks are to just look you in the eye, and you say, ‘I'm going to build the Two Rivers and then we're going to burn it down at the end of episode one.’ And they're like: ‘Great. What's next?’" Judkins recently told GQ for a lengthy feature piece on the show's mammoth-sized production.
He also revealed the advice he received from Game of Thrones co-showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss: "Just do what you're going to do. You know what this is. You have to believe in it. These kinds of things have to have an extraordinary clarity of vision to work."
Josha Stradowski (High Flyers), Madeleine Madden (Dora and the Lost City of Gold), Marcus Rutherford (Bulletproof), Zoë Robins (Black Christmas), and Barney Harris (Clique) co-star.
Larry Mondragon, Rick Selvage, Mike Weber, Ted Field, Darren Lemke, Marigo Kehoe, and Uta Briesewitz serve as executive producers alongside Judkins. Briesewitz pulls double duty as director of the first two episodes. Rosamund Pike occupies the role of producer with and Harriet McDougal and Brandon Sanderson (the author tapped to finish the Wheel of Time novels when Jordan passed away in 2007) on board as consulting producers.
The Wheel of Time premieres on Amazon Prime Video Friday, Nov. 19. A second season is already in production. Ceara Coveney (The Amazing World of Emma), Natasha O’Keeffe (Peaky Blinders), and Meera Syal (Broadchurch) were all added to the cast for Season 2.
"It does feel crazy when a show hasn't even premiered yet to be talking about Season 2. But we're not just talking about it — we've written it, we're shooting it, we're working on it right now," Judkins also said at NYCC. "Everyone who's read the books knows how this world just keeps expanding and the new characters that you meet bring so much to the show."