The Wheel of Time has a large cast of characters. As a result, it’s no surprise that season 1 has a strong narrative.
The main characters who will appear in Season 1 are mentioned below:
- “Rosamund Pike” as Moiraine Damodred
- “Josha Stradowski” as Rand al’Thor
- “Marcus Rutherford” as Perrin Aybara
- “Zoë Robins” as Nynaeve al’Meara
- “Barney Harris” as Matrim ‘Mat’ Cauthon
- “Madeleine Madden” as Egwene al’Vere
- “Daniel Henney” as Lan Mandragoran
- “Sophie Okonedo” as Siuan Sanche
- “Kae Alexander” as Min Forshaw
- “Michael McElhatton” as Tam al’Thor
- “Alvaro Morte” as Logain Ablar
- “Juliet Howland” as Natti Cauthon
- “Christopher Sciueref” as Abell Cauthon
- “Lolita Chakrabarti” as Marin al’Vere
- “Michael Tuahine” as Bran al’Vere
- “Alexandre Willaume” as Thom Merrilin
- “Johann Myers” as Padan Fain
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, I Care a Lot) is the series’ most well-known star. Moiraine, the Aes Sedai who accompanies Rand and his companions on their trip, will be played by the actress. In the book series, she is also known as “Alys.”
In his first big TV role, Josha Stradowski (Gewoon Vrienden) will play Rand. Perrin, Nynaeve, Mat, and Egwene are played by Marcus Rutherford (Bulletproof), Zo Robins (Black Christmas), Barney Harris (The Hollow Crown), and Madeleine Madden (Picnic at Hanging Rock), respectively.
According to Judkins, Rutherford’s Perrin Aybara was the most toughest character to adapt. Rudkins highlighted why Perrin was so difficult during an Instagram Live Q&A:
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Min Farshaw will be played by Kae Alexander (Fleabag, Infinite) in three of the first season’s six episodes. Min is one of Rand’s lovers in Jordan’s books, although it’s unclear whether this narrative detail will be preserved in Amazon’s version. If Alexander appears in season 1 on a regular basis, we believe it will.
Season 1 of The Wheel of Time has a large array of characters. The great majority of them, though, will only appear in one episode, and those named above (who we haven’t mentioned before) are perhaps the most significant members of the supporting cast.
Lan Mandragoran, the uncrowned king (and lone survivor) of Malkier and Moiraine’s Warder, will be played by Daniel Henney (Criminal Minds). Warders are bound to Aes Sedai as their protectors in the books, thanks to saidar – the feminine component of the One Power.
Rand’s adopted father Tam is played by Michael McElhatton (Game of Thrones), an Asha’man of the Black Tower named Logain Albar is played by Alvaro Morte (Money Heist), and Thom Merrilin, a bard who accompanies Moiraine’s company is played by Alexandre Willaume (Deep State).
Mat’s parents, Natti and Abell Cauthon, will be played by Juliet Howland (Doctors) and Christopher Sciueref (Cardinal Burns), while Egwene’s mother and father will be played by Lolita Chakrabarti (Silent Witness) and Michael Tuahine (The Time of Our Lives). Finally, Padan Fain, a minor adversary in the novels, will be played by Johann Myers (Snatch).
There’s no news yet on who will play the nefarious Dark One, but considering that the book’ enemy is a sentient cosmic entity, it’s probable that Amazon’s adaptation will just need a voice actor to depict them.