The first “Wheel of Time” trailer has been released on Amazon, and it contains plenty of tale twists and secrets.
“The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become a legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again.” Robert Jordan, a fantasy author, introduced readers to the realm of the “Wheel of Time” with these lines.
This 14-book series, which was completed after Jordan’s death by Brandon Sanderson, has become one of the most popular fantasy series.
Amazon’s focus has naturally shifted to “The Wheel of Time”, and fans will be able to see a live-action rendition of Robert Jordan’s epic world in November. The debut teaser for “The Wheel of Time” covers many of the basic concepts, teases some subtle alterations to the novels, and establishes a fantastic arc that will keep the story going for years. It, on the other hand, makes no allowances to those who haven’t read the books, leaving casual viewers befuddled.
Here’s a rundown of all the important takeaways from the “Wheel of Time” trailer, including the characters, stories, locations, and upcoming action scenes.
Nynaeve & Egwene
Because the “Wheel of Time” series is situated in a Matriarchal society, it’s only fitting that it begins with two female characters, Nynaeve and Egwene. Nynaeve is the Wisdom of Emond’s Field, and she is a healer and the leader of the village’s Women’s Circle. The fact that she has access to the One Power, the “Wheel of Time’s” equivalent of magic, is the key to her effectiveness as Wisdom, yet she can only use it when she is angry. Meanwhile, Egwene is the daughter of the mayor of Emond’s Field, and she possesses a unique ability to wield the One Power.
Nynaeve and Egwene are background characters in the books at first, but they become more prominent as the series progresses, and Egwene in particular has a storied past. Placing them at the start of the trailer – in what appears to be some sort of rite to test Egwene’s bravery – seems like a cunning way of signaling to viewers that the power balance has altered, and the women will play a major role throughout. Zo Robins portrays Nynaeve, and Madeleine Madden portrays Egwene.
The “Wheel of Time” by Robert Jordan transports readers to a fantastical universe, yet it all begins in the town of Emond’s Field. The rural hamlet was founded by survivors of ancient conflicts against Trollocs (comparable to Trolls) and is ruled by two groups: the all-male Village Council and the Wisdom-led Women’s Circle. Merchants frequently pass through Emond’s Field, collecting the valuable tabac grown there and sending it to more prosperous parts of the world.
Rand, Mat, & Perrin
In Emond’s Field, the three male heroes are shown having drinks, and it’s evident that the “Wheel of Time” characters are older than in the books, which is a clever decision by Amazon to avoid this looking like a YA adventure. All three are ta’veren, people who are vital to the Web of Destiny and have the power to change the lives of those around them.
As it is explained in The Eye of the World (book 4):
“The Wheel of Time weaves the Pattern of the Ages, and the threads it uses are lives. It is not fixed, the Pattern, not always. If a man tries to change the direction of his life and the Pattern has room for it, the Wheel just weaves on and takes it in. There is always room for small changes, but sometimes the Pattern simply won’t accept a big change, no matter how hard you try….And sometimes the Wheel bends a life-thread, or several threads, in such a way that all the surrounding threads are forced to swirl around it, and those force other threads, and those still others, and on and on. That first bending to make the Web, that is ta’veren, and there is nothing you can do to change it, not until the Pattern itself changes. The Web – ta’maral’ailen, it’s called – can last for weeks, or for years. It can take in a town, or even the whole Pattern.”
Rand (Josha Stradowski) is the closest thing “Wheel of Time” has to the main character – a man with a unique destiny ahead of him, one of which he is completely unaware of as he relaxes in Emond’s Field. Perrin (Marcus Rutherford) is a gentle man with fierce anger, Mat (Barney Harris) is a cheerful gambler who frequently acts without thinking.
The “Wheel of Time” video teases several of the same romantic arcs as the books, most notably between Rand and Egwene, albeit the connection appears to be more well-developed because the characters are older (a later shot in the trailer shows them naked together). Again, this is a wise decision on the showrunners’ part because it prevents The “Wheel of Time” from feeling too much like a YA series; it also allows Egwene to be a more well-rounded character from the start, whereas in the books she was a secondary character who rose to prominence as the series progressed.
Beginning of the journey
The youthful protagonists of “The Wheel of Time” may have never left Emond’s Field before, but they will be forced to flee for their life due to a mystery onslaught by Trollocs. The teaser sees the party riding away from Emond’s Field near the Two Rivers, the start of a series of adventures that will take them across most of the continent as they discover their actual natures – and the incredible abilities they have as a trio of ta’veren. The realm of “The Wheel of Time” is as enormous and engrossing as Game of Thrones’ Westeros or The Lord of the Rings’ Middle Earth.
The tragedy that will come
A shot in the trailer appears to foreshadow a future disaster. The Aes Sedai are the sorceresses of “The Wheel of Time”, and each one is guarded by a Warder. Because they work together for so long and get so close, the friendship between Aes Sedai and Warder frequently becomes amorous. In one scene, a Warder is shown weeping while holding one of the Aes Sedai rings, implying that his sorceress has died.
Symbolic shot from the trailer
The trailer then cuts to another shot of Egwene being admitted into the Aes Sedai as part of a rite. In the books, Egwene joins the group as they leave Emond’s Field in search of adventure; it’s likely that in Amazon’s series, the more developed relationship between Egwene and Rand will provide a stronger explanation. She will prove to be an outlier among the Aes Sedai, possessing unique power and destined to rise quickly through their ranks.
Tar Valon, the seat of the Aes Sedai monarchy and positioned within sight of the Dragonmount, is one of the most important locations in “The Wheel of Time”. Tar Valon, as shown in the “Wheel of Time” trailer, is dominated by the White Tower, the compound where the sorceresses live and train, and it is designed to match the books flawlessly. “The Wheel of Time turns around Tar Valon,” an old adage declares, “and Tar Valon turns around the Tower.”
“The Wheel of Time’s” marketing has tended to focus on Rosamund Pike’s Moiraine, the Aes Sedai who begins the series’ events when she arrives at Emond’s Field and uncovers three ta’veren, the most concerning of whom is Rand al’Thor. Moiraine is one of the most illustrious members of the Aes Sedai, and her legacy is legendary across the continent; she only narrowly escaped becoming their leader by being placed on the Sun Throne. She’s spent her life delving into old prophecies about the famous Last Battle between all the forces of good and evil, and it’s this quest that has led her to Emond’s Field.
The White Tower
The leaders of the Aes Sedai gather for a council in the “Wheel of Time” trailer. The Aes Sedai are organized into Ajahs, which are color-coded and explain the various gowns. This photo most likely depicts Moiraine about to introduce the travelers from Emond’s Field, who are practically hidden to the right hand side of the scene – Nynaeve is visible, carrying her Wisdom’s staff. Take note of the prominent throne, which will play a vital part in Aes Sedai politics.
The Amyrlin Seat
The throne is known as the Amyrlin’s Seat, and it is occupied by the Aes Sedai’s most esteemed member, their “Amyrlin.” The Amyrlin, who has been chosen for life by the Hall of the Tower, foregoes her Ajah and instead wears a stole striped with the colors of all of them, metaphorically indicating that she is “of all and yet none.” King’s bow before the Amyrlin’s throne since she is the most powerful woman on the planet. However, an Amyrlin’s power isn’t absolute; if the Ajahs turn against her, she could lose her position. The politics between the many Ajahs are tense, as viewers will soon discover, and while this rarely occurs, it is possible.
Explanation of the One Power
The One Power, the “Wheel of Time’s” form of magic, is introduced in the trailer. The One Power is divided into two halves: saidar and saidin. The female portion, saidar, is wielded by the Aes Sedai, and according to the teaser, each of these sorceresses handles saidar in a somewhat different fashion. But it is the more sinister half, the male half, that has fallen under the control of the Dark One, the “Wheel of Time’s” counterpart of the Devil, the series’ nemesis. Any guy with the ability to manipulate saidin goes insane, which is why so few people live long.
Moiraine feels Rand al’Thor’s capacity to tap into saidin to an unprecedented degree when she encounters him. This, incidentally, is why some of the character alterations, particularly their ages, are intriguing; an older Rand has evaded crazy for a longer period of time, implying a subtle rewrite of the franchise’s laws. It’s probable that in the Amazon Prime series, a man’s mind begins to collapse only after they begin to use saidin to its full extent. “The Wheel of Time” trailer concentrates nearly entirely on saidar, leaving much of the plot involving Rand for later trailers or the series. It includes shots of saidar being utilized in a variety of ways, including healing.
The Red Sisters
The Aes Sedai are separated into Ajahs based on color, with the Red Ajah being one of the most powerful. They are harsh and unforgiving by nature, and it is their sacred mission to seek out any individuals who possess the One Power, bringing them to Tar Valon’s White Tower for a procedure known as “gentling,” which cuts them off from saidar. The Red Ajah has the most members of any of the Aes Sedai, but they have been infiltrated by the Dark One’s armies; a number of these Aes Sedai are truly “Black Ajah,” sworn to the Dark One’s service and keeping it disguised from their sisters.
A Magical Shield
A flurry of arrows is stopped in the sky in one of the more dramatic displays of saidar in the “Wheel of Time” trailer, possibly held in place by the movement of air molecules. The character Lan, played by Daniel Henney, can be seen in the foreground, holding his sword. Lan, Moiraine’s Warder, is one of the world’s most accomplished warriors, as well-known as Moiraine herself.
Mat’s story revolves around a ruby-hilted knife that he acquired from the evil city of Shadar Logoth. This area fell under the Dark One’s power a long time ago, which is ironic because their fervor for the light warped them until the city’s residents turned on one another. While on the run from a gang of Trollocs (creatures who serve the Dark One), Rand and his comrades are forced to spend the night there, where Mat discovers the dagger. It’s a nasty blade that has a terrible effect on his psyche, and even a minor scratch from it can kill him in seconds unless an Aes Sedai intervenes.
Fall of the shadows
The travelers from Emond’s Field believed they had found refuge at Shadar Logoth, but they quickly discover it is a cursed location. The Shadow of Shadar Logoth is seen approaching them in the “Wheel of Time” trailer, as they desperately try to flee. They’d have been safer with the Trollocs; the darkness within Shadar Logoth will corrupt their souls, as Mat discovers to his cost.
Perrin Confronts A Wolf
Perrin is shown confronting a wolf, which appears random at first but is actually a testament to the powers he develops over the book. Perrin is a wolfbrother, a member of the pack who has certain wolflike features and can form a bond with them. This skill is rare and ancient, possibly even older than the One Power itself, and there are predictions among the wolves that they will once again go with humanity to the Final Hunt.
The Forsaken, channelers of the One Power who swore themselves over to the service of the Dark One, are featured prominently in the “Wheel of Time” trailer. “The Dark One and all the Forsaken are trapped in Shayol Ghul, bound by the Creator at the moment of Creation, bound until the end of time,” and the Forsaken’s appearance heralds the arrival of the predicted age. (Of course, given the cyclical nature of history in “The Wheel of Time”, the authenticity of this prophecy is debatable; it’s difficult to determine whether there was ever a true moment of Creation.)
Daniel Henney, often known as “Lan,” is a multifaceted character whose story is revealed over the course of the series – and who reveals to have his own destiny. He is astonished to find himself developing affections for the Wisdom Nynaeve, despite being sworn Warden of Moiraine, and their relationship is one of the most intriguing stories in Robert Jordan’s “The Wheel of Time”. Although viewers were given glimpses of Lan early in the video, he only really comes into focus near the conclusion for the spectacular action scenes, some of which take place at Emond’s Field and others that don’t.
Dark One’s Hunters
In the “Wheel of Time” teaser, there aren’t many shots of the antagonists, which could indicate that the CGI isn’t yet ready. Nonetheless, the Dark One’s hunters are seen raiding Emond’s Field in search of the ta’veren, then hunting them all night. The majority of these images occur before Rand al’Thor and his companions arrive at Tar Valon, where they assume they are secure from the Dark One’s schemes.
The One Power appears to be wielded by lvaro Morte’s Logain in one of the more intriguing shots in the Wheel of Time trailer. He is one of the guys endowed in saidin, and he tried to pose as a “False Dragon,” claiming to be the fulfillment of an old prophecy. The Aes Sedai kidnapped him, and the trailer most likely depicts the sorceresses’ combat with him. His narrative is apparently being set up here because he became a key side character in the books.
The Last Battle
A reference to the “Last Battle,” a huge conflict in which the Dark One will eventually be defeated – at terrible cost – is one of the most critical moments in “The Wheel of Time” trailer. The forces of light will be headed by a man who can channel the One Power, the “Dragon Reborn,” but as he taps into saidin, he must learn to reject the Dark One’s control. In recent years, there have been an increasing number of False Dragons, but Moiraine believes Rand al’Thor is the real deal. All will be lost if the Dark One defeats Rand and his allies before the Last Battle.
Moiraine & Lan
The trailer’s last shots show a multitude of combat scenarios with little explanation, but they all conclude with Moiraine and Lan teaming together – Aes Sedai and Warden proving to be a terrifying mix. This appears to be during the Trolloc raid on Emond’s Field, and it serves as an introduction for the two villagers, particularly the three ta’veren. Moiraine calls lightning from the sky, which is a dazzling display of her might.
See the trailer below: