Currently there is no official word on Amazon’s Wheel of Time release window. The first season of the fantasy epic adaptation just wrapped filming. However in a show this big, post-production times can vary. Yet, the folks at WOTSERIES think they have found the clues that tell us roughly when Season 1 will air on Amazon Prime. This is not a smoking gun by any means. Though, I am compelled to agree with the hypothesis presented here for now.
Often when massive books are adapted to a movie or TV series, the books get a re-release, usually with new cover art. Fans who begin the show may be encouraged to pick up the books to find out what happens next. We have seen this with the likes of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Martin’s Game of Thrones. This is nothing new, right? Well the outlet has learned a major publisher is planning such an edition of The Wheel of Time series. For their project timeline, they were given an estimated release date window of November 25 to December 25, 2021.
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The outlet also points out that the WoT Up! YouTube channel host claims that multiple sources have told him that a Black Friday (November 26) 2021 release was Amazon’s initial plan, although subject to change based on numerous factors such as the timely completion of filming. As far as we know, filming has wrapped within the planned schedule for Season 1 of the show. If we link both of these pieces of evidence together, a likely release window presents itself.
Wheel of Time will likely air this year on Amazon Prime and begin sometime between November 26th, and the Holidays. If no delays, one could argue the earlier part of that window would be preferential for Amazon. That being said, just because fans and insiders have not heard of any delays does not mean there are none.
If I was to guess I would say that Amazon’s currently plan is for the tail end of November, but they won’t announce a date until they are sure. It’s hard to argue with that logic, and until we get any evidence that changes the hypothesis, this is the best one we can make. This also likely means that it will be at least mid 2022 before we see Amazon’s Lord of the Rings inaugural season hit. That’s again a rough guess based on roughly how far behind Wheel of Time the LOTR shoot was. It also seems highly unlikely that Amazon would want these two massive fantasy franchises overlapping.
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TLOTR and Wheel of Time are likely split by Game of Thrones as the three biggest fantasy franchises of all time. However in this instance despite being third, Wheel of Time is still far below the two franchises above it. That could change though, remember despite being best sellers, the A Song of Ice and Fire Books were not pop culture icons before HBO began the Game of Thrones TV show. Amazon will be hoping that a similar effect is seen with The Wheel of Time.
What do you think of the theory on the Wheel of Time release window? Has anyone read the books and is excited to see the show, other than me? Leave any thoughts you have below.