The Wheel of Time has been the most successful streaming show over the last few weeks. As a result, The Wheel of Time Season 2 gets bigger budget, and that can only be a good thing. In two separate interviews Amazon discusses the great success of Season 1. Also that Season 2 will get an increased budget as a result. First off, TVLine spoke with Vernon Sanders, Amazon Studios’ Head of Global TV, about the fantasy series’ well-watched debut, how its weekly release is working out, and where it fits into Prime Video’s ever-growing slate of genre TV.
“We track our content in a number of ways, and I have to say, Wheel of Time has just been so fantastic. It’s fantastic to see not only the huge numbers of people who have checked it out, but since the incredible premiere we’ve also tracked tremendous growth, which is extraordinarily encouraging for the future of this show. New people are coming on board and checking the show out, new people are tracking it week-to-week…. And we are seeing those same patterns not only in the U.,S. but across the globe. In layman’s terms, it’s a show that has great staying power.”
“The metrics that were released by Nielsen, obviously those were just for the first three episodes, but we are seeing not only incredible retention but in some metrics we are seeing incredible growth.”
Greenlighting Season 2 Early
“We’re fans of the show, and as episodes come in and we saw the level of craftsmanship, and as we continued to talk to [showrunner] Rafe [Judkins] about where future seasons would go, we felt really confident that we had something that could go for a very long time for us. These are giant investments, so obviously we spent quite a bit of time making sure we were making the right choice here, but it continues to pay off for us. All credit to Rafe and his incredible team, and the cast led by Rosamund [Pike as Moiraine].”
Why Amazon Don’t Look at 28 day Window like Netflix
“We’re constantly checking, and it’s valuable to us to be able to assess that one piece of content versus another piece of content. But one of the interesting things about Wheel of Time is that we are releasing it weekly, so that means that we have to look beyond a 28-day window. And even if we were just looking at this by 28 days, the way the show has performed has been astounding — and we will continue to watch, as we head into the finale. I can’t wait for fans of the show to see how the season ends and where we are headed.”
When we might see Season ?
“We’re still talking about it. Rafe and his team just sent us their first cuts of the first episodes of Season 2, and I cannot wait for the audience to see what we have in store.”
Confirmation The Wheel of Time Season 2 gets bigger budget.
“Yes. Rafe has been a fantastic leader — thoughtful, kind, really dedicated to trying to do this the right way — and Rosamund as well. So we absolutely went into Season 2 with a real conversation about, “What can we do even better now that we have introduced this giant world and established these characters? So I will absolutely predict that Season 2 will be bigger, bolder, and a more expansive Wheel of Time.”
In a separate interview with IGN, Sanders said.
“Wheel Of Time is one of our most expensive shows that we’ve ever made,” he replied. “So we are really proud of the investment and we think that it shows on screen, and we’re spending more in season two than season one.”
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I am very happy The Wheel of Time Season gets bigger budget to work with. If I had my way, how I would use that budget is extra episodes. The show is supposed to cover 14 books off in 8 seasons. That means the one season to one book plan will have to be dropped. Season 1 has already had some content from book 2 in it. Therefore I feel like there’s a chance they could merge book 2 and 3 into one full season. If the show could be bumped up to 10 episodes, it would make a huge difference to me. Have the second book finale around Episode 5 and then the third book climax as the Season finale.
Or, they could just spend that money making everything look better, which is also acceptable? My real hope is that Season 2 will be as successful as the first. Therefore, the budget will go up again for Season 3.
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