To celebrate the wrap of season 1 and getting the greenlight on season 2, showrunner for the Wheel of Time series currently in production at Amazon Prime took to Instagram today (20th May 2021) and put it to the fans to “Ask me anything”
Here’s the transcript of the Q&A from the stories of Rafe Judkins on Instagram. Scroll down to the bottom of the article to see the screenshots from his Instagram stories.
Question 1: What’s the average running time of each episode of the Wheel of Time?
Rafe Judkins: Amazon is great because each episode doesn’t have to hit an exact time like you do in network tv. and these episodes are epic, so we are clocking in between 50 and 65 minutes each
Question 2: Congratulations on Season 1 wrap. Blink twice if a trailer is coming soon.
Rafe: 😳 *Embarrassed face emoji*
Question 3: Do EF5 (The Emonds Field 5) actors perform stunts on their own, or do they have stunt doubles?
Rafe: Everyone on the show has a stunt double, but most of our actors are really amazing with the physical stuff and doing their own stunts. I’m the only one who’s always falling….
Question 4: How are you feeling having wrapped season 1?
Rafe: To be totally honest, it hasn’t fully hit me yet. There’s still so much to be done to get the show ready to air and get season 2 shooting, that while I was drinking my celebratory champagne on set after the last shot Tuesday, someone grabbed me to tackle 3 new problems that had come up and I had to leave, ha.
Question 5: What character that didn’t’ appear in season 1, and does appear in season 2 are you most excited about?
Rafe: Starts with EL
Question 6: Do you have the plot of all the seasons roughly mapped out?
Rafe: Yeah, between season 1 and 2 we made a rough map of how the series could breakdown into seasons. It can always change obviously, but important to know where we are going and how we are getting there, so we build it right if Amazon Prime Video keeps us around for the long haul.
Question 7: We will see the actual Weaves or just the end result of channeling?
Rafe: You’re gonna see it all if you’re a woman who can channel
Question 8: Most difficult part of creating The Wheel of Time during a global pandemic?
Rafe: The human aspect. We’ve built a family here in Prague with cast and crew, and keeping everyone safe has been top priority. Everyone’s ability to adapt and meet the stresses of a time like this has been amazing to watch.
Question 9: How far should we get in the books if we don’t want season 1 to spoil things for us?
Rafe: This question is so cleverly worded to trick me that I have to respond to it out of sheer respect.
Question 10: How are you balancing the numerous point of views in the books vs focusing on Rand
Rafe: As I’ve always said, we are adapting the whole series, not just Eye of the World and I really think this is an ensemble series, so the first season is as well.
Question 11: We will see Forsaken in season 1?
Rafe: Some people see Forsaken everywhere…
Question 12: Will we see Narg?
Question 13: Did any of the actors end up becoming fans of the books series after getting cast?
Rafe: I’m not going to spoil who, but 2 of the core cast are in a read off right now, and I think one of them may have finished the series.
Question 14: How many “brands” or Trollocs did you create for the show?
Rafe: We leaned into the books and tried to have the trollocs have as much individual character as possible. My favourite is the one we call Betty
Question 15: Will season 2 take us to a lot of new locations? How big can the world get?
Rafe: Best thing about the Wheel of Time is the world keeps getting deeper and deeper and we gotta deliver on that in the show.
Question 16: Please ask Amazon Prime if they do sweep stakes for a fan to be an extra on the show
Rafe: *Tagged the accounts*
Question 17: Loved the first look at the Trolloc. When are we getting more?
Rafe: Sadly, there hasn’t been a first look at the Trollocs yet. That was some accidentally leaked raw footage. We work so hard to make the show it’s always a shame when you guys see stuff outside the way we have it planned. I’ll tell you one thing. When I met with directors for season 2, who had seen the pilot, they had one thing to say – “THOSE TROLLOCS”
Question 18: Excited to progressively spiral downwards into raving madness?
Rafe: It’s so funny that you think I’m not already there
Question 19: Are you planning a books per season or are there adaptions and inclusions from multiples?
Rafe: We have to combine. Madeleine Madden (Egwene) and Josha Stradowski (Rand) would be 45 when we finish otherwise
Question 20: Will Lan’s cool cloak be featured in the show?
Rafe: I love Lans cloak in the show but much like Aes Sedai agelessness, if it’s an effect that’s going to cost a fortune every time a character is on screen, its a bad use of our money. Unless you want to see all of season 1 in the Winespring Inn. Then you can have color changing cloaks.
Question 21: Who has been the hardest character to write for so far?
Rafe: Perrin is the hardest. His interior monologue in the book is the biggest part of his character, so bringing him out in the show is always something we have to build really consciously. Luckily Marcus Rutherford just exudes Perrin every minute, so it makes our lives a lot easier.
Question 22: Have you started writing season 2
Rafe: Yeah! The awesome season 2 writers have been working throughout the year and we already have a bunch of great scripts ready to go.
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