The Wheel of Time showrunner Rafe Judkins suggests several shocking deaths will occur throughout the Prime Video series in upcoming seasons.
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for The Wheel of Time Season 1, Episode 8, “The Eye of the World,” available now on Prime Video.
Unforeseen character deaths will happen in The Wheel of Time‘s future seasons, according to showrunner Rafe Judkins.
“I can’t wait to kill surprising people that are going to really pain book fans in their deepest heart of hearts,” Judkins told CBR in an exclusive interview. By referencing book fans, his comment indicates Amazon’s hit adaption will deviate from the original novels in this way, meaning neither knowledgeable nor newfound Wheel of Time viewers will be able to predict what’s to come. While he didn’t name which characters will face their demise, Judkins’ words suggest their abrupt deaths will leave audiences gravely shocked.
This isn’t the first time the showrunner has diverged from fantasy writer Robert Jordan’s books. Regarding The Wheel of Time‘s new romantic subplots, Judkins noted, “Yeah, one thing in doing the TV adaptation — I think in TV series, people are really attached to relationships between characters, both platonic and romantic. But sometimes the books of Wheel of Time do shy away from the romantic aspects of the characters’ relationships.” As a result, the producers decided to build on the novel’s suggestive amorous attractions. “We’ve tried to take any of the kernels of romantic relationships that do exist inside the books and lift them for the show,” Judkins explained.
“Looking at Season 2 and what’s to come for us, the characters who have almost nothing to do in Book 2 is [sic] Moiraine, and Lan,” Judkins said about the show’s additional plot deviations. To ensure these major roles remain central in the next season despite Moiraine’s defeat in Episode 8, Judkins will again create original content for Season 2.
One fan-favorite character who seemingly perished in the season finale was Loial, a wise and lovable Ogier. In Episode 8’s sudden turn of events, the Darkfriend Padan Fain and a pair of evil Fades invaded the fortress of Fal Dar, murdered several soldiers and stabbed Loial with a cursed dagger that previously plagued Mat in earlier episodes. However, Judkins reassured fans of the Ogier’s return, saying, “Loial is not dead in the finale of Season 1.”
The season finale also featured a 3,000-year flashback revealing how the Breaking of the World began, with the One Power channeling Lews Therin Telamon’s failure to gain the Aes Sedai’s Amyrlin Seat’s help in imprisoning the Dark One forever. Later in the episode, Rand al’Thor had a vision of Telamon as he stepped into the Eye of the World. If the finale is any indication, flashbacks might regularly occur in future seasons, blending the past and the present, as well as presenting rich context for The Wheel of Time‘s mysteries.
The Wheel of Time Season 1 is available for streaming now on Prime Video.
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