Amazon Prime Video knows it has a hit on its hands with its adaptation of Wheel of Time. The only question now is whether or not fans will get a Wheel of Time season 2? Well, it’s not really a question. Season 1 of The Wheel of Time was an amazing success story for the streaming platform, debuting its first three episodes and raking in roughly 1.16 billion minutes of viewing. This made it far and away Amazon Prime Video’s most successful premiere and set it up for success in 2021 with high, possibly insurmountable expectations for 2022 with Wheel of Time season 2.
For those unfamiliar, the Wheel of Time season one (and likely season 2) is based on a series of novels by author Robert Jordan. The show, like the books, follows Moiraine, played by actress Rosamund Pike as she sets off on an adventure with a collection of five teens who are gifted with magic. She herself is a member of a powerful group of women called the Aes Sedai and works with several other people who believe in a prophecy about a reincarnation of an ancient power called the Dragon Reborn, which she believes the five teens are destined to help with.
Now, the Wheel of Time books span 14 full novels and season 1 of the Amazon Prime adaptation is only eight episodes. So, there’s a lot of runway left to ride. As a result, fans are left wondering whether there will be a Wheel of Time season 2.
Is there going to be a season 2?
The short answer is “yes.” In fact, the studio decided to greenlight a Wheel of Time season 2 before the first episode of the adaptation even began. Amazon Prime Video boss Vernon Sanders previously told TVLine that the decision was made after seeing how much time, effort and care was put into the series. They recognized immediately that this show had legs and that demand for it would stretch far beyond the initial eight episodes — which it has.
When will season 2 air?
OK, so this is a tricky one. There is no official release date for The Wheel of Time season 2 just yet. Frankly, that has a lot to do with the fact that season 1 isn’t done with yet. It will air its finale on December 24th, just in time for people to make their last-minute Christmas wish to be a premiere date of season 2.
However, that’s not to say that we can’t venture an educated guess. Collider previously reported that filming began in Prague, Czech Republic in July 2021. Currently, the upcoming season is still in production there, but the outlet reported last month that they were about halfway done with the next season.
While there’s still no official date, and productions are a nebulous thing, some estimate that The Wheel of Time season 2 could drop as early as February. However, that’s unlikely given that it would only put a 2-month gap between the finale and the next season. While fans may wish that were the case — there’s no way the studio would do that. Instead, TVLine noted in its interview with Sanders that The Wheel of Time season 2 is more likely to drop in a way that gives Amazon Prime Video’s genre-similar Lord of the Rings prequel a wide birth so as not to cannibalize its own fantasy market.
What will season 2 be about?
As mentioned, things like plot details and future plans for Wheel of Time season 2 are being played pretty close to the vest ahead of the first season’s finale. Odds are good that it will continue to follow Moiraine and her intrepid group on their quest across the world, though.
Meanwhile, Deadline reported earlier this month that fans can look forward to a bevy of new faces joining the roster. Guy Roberts, Arnas Fedaravicius and Gregg Chillingirian are set for recurring roles in The Wheel of Time season 2. Roberts will reportedly play Uno Nomesta, described as a “gruff one-eyed soldier and tracker.” Fedaravicius plays Masema, a warrior who quietly serves Lord Agelmar. Finally, Chillingirian will reportedly play Ingtar Shinowa, who is described as “a lord and soldier from war-ravaged lands.”
Beyond that, fans will just have to wait and see what the ending of season 1 has to offer before they know anything more about The Wheel of Time season 2.