The Wheel of Time is a 14 novel-spanning fantasy epic from author Robert Jordan. Now we have Amazon’s Wheel of Time adaptation coming soon. The inaugural season of Wheel of Time would be filming now if not for Coronavirus delays. However, showrunner Rafe Judkins recently did an online chat for JordanCon, and he offered a few key details. We picked up this information on Reddit and you can check out that original post in the source section below.
It has been rumored for some time that Wheel of Time Season 1 would be eight episodes long. The rumor’s suggest that these eight hours would adapt the first two books in the series. Judkins didn’t give any details of what Season 1 might contain, for obvious reasons. However, he did confirm it was eight episodes long for the first time officially.
Interestingly, I was in a discussion with some fans online recently. They were worried that eight episodes would not be enough to adapt the first two books. I reminded those fans that The Fellowship of the Ring Extended Edition was three hours long. ‘The Eye of the World’ (book 1) will have four hours to tell it’s story and ‘The Great Hunt’ (book 2) a further 4 hours to tell it’s story. I don’t think we will have to worry about Season 1 feeling rushed. That’s essentially a 4 hour movie for each book.
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Judkins talked about why he wanted to be showrunner on Wheel of Time. Judkins had contacted Sony when the rights were picked up as he did not want anyone else to do it and maybe “mess it up.” That’s the kind of talk that gets fans excited. Saying that, everyone has their own vision for a book. Often these kinds of comments can blow up in your face. If Judkins doesn’t deliver a vision that matches many other fan’s expectations, then to those fans, he would be the one messing it up.
Judkins said they used old videos of Robert Jordan, to get the pronunciation of names correct. The showrunner also spoke about gender roles in the show. Judkins said that they are focussing more on the balance between genders, rather than one overpowering the other. Now, I am only on book 8 of 14 so far, and I’m honestly not sure what he means by this? If you have not read the series, you’ll automatically assume the books focus on the brave men and leave the women to be secondary characters. The usual fantasy trope. However, in my opinion, the female characters have had the same amount of pages and plots devoted to them as the men. That is despite the fact that the three lead characters are men. So yeah, unsure where Judkins is coming from on that one personally.
I’m looking forward to Amazon’s Wheel of Time show. I am enjoying the books right now, even if I think the early books have quite a few issues. Overall though, I am engaged with the story and I only have 6.5 books left to read to get it finished, ha. I’m not sure Wheel of Time will capture that Game of Thrones fanbase, but It’ll still be a hit.
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