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The Wheel of Time season 2: plot, cast, and everything we know so far

The Wheel of Time season 2 - The main cast of The Wheel of Time season one: Rand (Josha Stadowkski), Mat (Barney Harris), Lan (Daniel Henney), Egwene (Madeleine Madden), Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) [L-R].
The Wheel of Time will continue to turn in season 2. (Image credit: Jan Thijs/ Amazon Studios)

The Wheel of Time season 2 will see Amazon's high fantasy series returning for even more action.

We've known for a long time that we would be getting a second helping of The Wheel of Time, as the show was renewed for a second season before the first had even aired on Prime Video.

The Wheel of Time season 1 made a very strong impression upon its launch, and it became the most-watched series on Prime Video (although it has since been eclipsed by Reacher).

Now that filming has wrapped on the second season, we can start looking forward to seeing even more of Robert Jordan's hugely popular fantasy saga brought to life on our screens. 

Here's everything we know about The Wheel of Time season 2 so far...

The Wheel of Time season 2 release date

At the time of writing, Amazon had not yet revealed when The Wheel of Time season 2 could be hitting our screens. 

Since filming only wrapped in mid-May this year, it's likely to be a little while before we see the series dropping onto Prime Video.

There's also another huge fantasy show coming to Prime Video later this year which could factor into when we're likely to see The Wheel of Time season 2.

Amazon's much-hyped Lord of the Rings TV show, The Rings of Power, is due to start airing weekly on Prime Video from Friday, September 2, with new episodes airing on a weekly basis until the first eight-episode season airs. 

It seems very likely that Amazon would not want to detract from either TV show by releasing two fantasy epics around the same time. So, we're predicting that The Wheel of Time season 2 won't be arriving until November 2022 at the earliest. 

If you're tempted to start reading Robert Jordan's books whilst you wait for the show to return, be sure to check out our guide on how to read The Wheel of Time books in order.

How many episodes of The Wheel of Time season 2 will there be?

Like the previous series, The Wheel of Time season 2 will be eight episodes long.

The Wheel of Time season 2 cast

The Wheel of Time season 2 will see most of the original main cast returning for the next part of their adventure, barring one major shake-up.

Moiraine Damodred (played by Rosamund Pike), Lan Mandragoran (Daniel Henney), Rand al'Thor (Josha Stradowski), Perrin Aybara (Marcus Rutherford), Egwene al'Vere and Nynaeve al'Meara (Zoë Robins) will also be back for the second season, as you'd expect.

The major change comes in the form of Mat Cauthon, the remaining villager suspected of being the Dragon Reborn. Although Mat was portrayed by Barney Harris, Barney is not returning for the second season (reasons for the recast have not been revealed). 

Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon in The Wheel of Time season 1

Barney Harris won't be seeing Mat's story play out. (Image credit: Jan Thijs/ Amazon Studios)

For season 2, Mat will instead be played by Dónal Finn. Dónal has decent fantasy experience already, as he's already appeared in The Witcher and Cursed.

Dónal Finn isn't the only new cast member joining the show, either. Ceara Coveney (Young Wallander) has joined as Elayne Trakand, a powerful channeler of the Green Ajah, and Ayoola Smart (Smother, Killing Eve) has joined as Aviendha, a Maiden of the Spear from Aiel.

Meera Syal (Yesterday, The Kumars) and Natasha O'Keefe (Peaky Blinders) are also on board, but their roles are still undisclosed right now.

Thankfully, we also know that another fan favorite will be back in season 2 as showrunner Rafe Judkins has confirmed his fate. Loial was stabbed by Padan Fain in the dramatic climax of season 1, but in an interview with EW, (opens in new tab) showrunner Rafe Judkins confirmed that the character will be back. However, his confirmation did come with an ominous warning for some of the other characters later down the line!

"Loial is not dead. He is alive and well and shooting in Prague" Judkins said. "I wanted people to be a little on their toes, because real deaths are coming for characters that don't die in the books. 

"We have to, because we can't hold 2,000 series regulars through multiple seasons. It's coming, and I want people to emotionally prepare themselves. The thought that Loial might be gone will hopefully start to get people emotionally prepared, but I couldn't. He's my favorite", he added.

More recently, we've learned that newcomer Xelia Mendes-Jones has a recurring role in the new season. This was revealed in a casting announcement for another Amazon project, as they've joined the cast of Fallout (via Variety (opens in new tab)).

What will happen in The Wheel of Time season 2?

By the end of the first season, Rand and Moiraine had snuck off in search of The Eye of The World, where they had a treacherous encounter with the Dark One. Meanwhile, the rest of the gang stood with the forces of Fal Dara in a desperate battle against the Dark One's forces.

Rand managed to overcome the Dark One with the help of a totem Moiraine had given him to banish him deeper into his current prison. Although he triumphed, he urged Moiraine (who has been cut off from the One Power by the Dark One) to tell his friends he had died due to his worries about what he might do now that he has a connection to the One Power.

Season 2 will no doubt deal with the fallout from this climactic decision, as well as explore what Mat was up to, plus the arrival of the Seanchan army from across the sea. 

The Seanchan channelers arrive at the end of The Wheel of Time season 1.

The Seanchan army arrived in style at the end of season 1. (Image credit: Amazon Studios)

Specific plot details are fairly limited at this point in time but in an appearance on the Empire Spoiler Special podcast (opens in new tab) in February 2022, The Wheel of Time showrunner Rafe Judkins did reveal a few key details (via Dragonmount.com (opens in new tab)). 

The most important one to note is that The Wheel of Time season 2 plot will be derived from books two and three (The Great Hunt (opens in new tab) and The Dragon Reborn (opens in new tab)) of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time epic saga. Although the eight-episode storyline won't follow the books exactly, they'll be weaved together to develop each character's story forward.

Is there a trailer for The Wheel of Time season 2?

Although it's not a full trailer, Amazon has offered us a brief glimpse behind the scenes of season 2 in the form of a short video that was shared the day they announced filming had wrapped. Check it out below:

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As filming has only just come to an end, we don't anticipate seeing a teaser for a little while yet. Keeping checking back, though, as we'll be sure to update this guide when The Wheel of Time season 2 trailer arrives.

How to watch The Wheel of Time season 2

As we've already mentioned, The Wheel of Time season 2 will be exclusive to Prime Video (opens in new tab), so you'll need to have a Prime Video subscription in order to tune in.

Martin Shore
Martin Shore

Martin is a Staff Writer with WhatToWatch.com, where he produces a variety of articles focused on the latest and greatest films and TV shows. 

Some of his favorite shows are What We Do In The Shadows, Bridgerton, Gangs of London, The Witcher, Doctor Who, and Ghosts. When he’s not watching TV or at the movies, Martin’s probably still in front of a screen playing the latest video games, reading, or watching the NFL.