Amazon Studios has confirmed that The Wheel of Time season 2 will premiere on its Prime Video streaming service on September 1.
The high-fantasy series, which was expected to return to our screens this year, has finally landed a release date after months of speculation. And, with The Rings of Power season 2 not set to arrive on one of the world's best streaming services until 2024 at the earliest, The Wheel of Time season 2's arrival will be a magical way to fill the fantasy genre void in our lives.
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To celebrate the announcement, Amazon also unveiled a brief plot synopsis for the show's sophomore year, as well as eight first-look images that tease what's to come for our heroes.
"The Wheel of Time turns, and the Last Battle approaches," the synopsis reads. "Though Rand (Josha Stradowski) thought he destroyed the Dark One (Fares Fares), evil is not gone from the world. In season two, threats new and very old seek out the young friends from the Two Rivers, now scattered over the world. The woman who found and guided them is now powerless to help, and so they must find other sources of strength. In each other, or themselves. In the light... or the dark."
But wait, there's more. Amazon hasn't unveiled a new trailer for The Wheel of Time's next season, but it has delivered on the first-look images front, with the new stills (including the one of Moiraine Damodred above) for fans to pour over. You can see them all below:
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Joining Stradowski and Fares in the series' next outing are returning main characters Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, I Care a Lot) as Moiraine Damodred, Daniel Henney (Criminal Minds) as Lan Mandragoran, Zoë Robins (Power Rangers Ninja Steel) as Nynaeve al'Meara, Madeleine Madden (Dora and the Lost City of Gold) as Egwene al'Vere, and Marcus Rutherford (Obey) as Perrin Aybara.
Dónal Finn (Rogue Heroes) replaces Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon in season 2, while Ceara Coveney (Young Wallander) is one of two confirmed new characters. Coveney will portray Elayne Trakand, one of the most powerful magic wielders (known as Aes Sedai) in the Wheel of Time universe. Elsewhere, Ayoola Smart (Cocaine Bear) will feature as Aviendha, a spear-wielding Wise One from the Nine Valleys Aes Sedai sept.
Before today (May 24), The Wheel of Time season 2, which covers the second and third novels in Robert Jordan's expansive fantasy book series, only had a tentative 2023 release date. That was seemingly until a report from The Telegraph India suggested it would be released in Q1 2023, before the article in question was amended to just say '2023'.
Asked about the rumored launch date by Wheel of Time YouTube fan channel Dragonmount, showrunner Rafe Judkins confirmed there was a sliver of truth to the speculation, but declined to confirm if the series would return in early 2023. Obviously, that period passed without season 2 landing on Prime Video, meaning it would be a while before The Wheel of Time's second season was given an official release date. Thankfully, now it has. And, with a third season already greenlit, more of this famous universe is on the way.
Here's that all-important launch date again: The Wheel of Time season 2 will debut on Prime Video on Friday, September 1.
For more Wheel of Time and Prime Video coverage, read our review of The Wheel of Time season 1, which is also coming to Amazon Freevee in full on July 14, and our exclusive season 1 chat with Judkins and the show's cast. Additionally, find out if it made it onto our best Prime Video shows list.