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The Wheel of Time Season 2 Teaser Trailers: Visual Treats

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To give you the feelies, these are The Wheel of Time Season 2 teaser trailers we saw before the first official trailer was released. Before we got the highly praised promotional video, we already had a good idea of what may be going down through the visual treats summarized below.

I replay and break down the short videos here, lending credence to my excitement with rampant speculation. Everything I’ve seen so far suggests it will be a good one, and the first episode/s will hit our screens on 1 September 2023!

There’s no reason why us Wheelies can’t get hyped in advance by these sneak peeks.

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The Wheel of Time Season 2 Wrap Video

When filming wrapped on The Wheel of Time Season 2 in May 2022, we were treated to this video short from @TheWheelOfTime on Twitter.

It was exhilarating at the time as we had been starved of new footage for a while, but I only have a few words to say about it now, and they are about the gray-haired woman we see right before the video ends.

This is Rima Te Wiata, and WoT Series was the first to confirm she will be playing Sheriam Bayanar, an Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah. Sheriam also happens to be Mistress of Novices in the White Tower. Her main interactions are, therefore, likely to be with Egwene al’Vere (Madeleine Madden) and Elayne Trakand (Ceara Coveney) in Season 2. Don’t be surprised if she mixes it up with Sophie Okonedo’s Siuan Sanche, though, and perhaps Kate Fleetwood’s Liandrin, too.

Many speculated that this actor might be playing Verin, another Aes Sedai. This Brown Sister is introduced in Book 2 of The Wheel of Time, The Great Hunt. She is a treasured character who grows in stature and importance as the story progresses, and her arc is incredible. We now know, courtesy of Nerdist, that Verin Mathwin will be played by actor and comedian Meera Syal.

The Wheel of Time Season 2 Behind-the-Scenes Teaser

Our first proper glimpse of Season 2 came at the San Diego Comic-Con with an incredible behind-the-scenes video. Take a watch, and I’ll unpack it for you after.

The first thing to note is that this is a behind-the-scenes look at The Wheel of Time Season 2. So, the visuals we get are not what we’ll see on screen, barring some fast frames towards the end.

It’s epic to see the cameras and wind jammers following our beloved heroes, hopefully capturing everything we want from the books.

Aviendha and the Aiel

The first thing we see are three Aiel women standing and talking. The one facing us is Aviendha, played by Ayoola Smart. This is a significant character from the books that will be introduced in Season 2 of the show, and it seems she has a patch of blood on her leg in this shot.

We see Aviendha later in the teaser tumbling away from a Whitecloak during a fight, so that’s possibly the reason. It’s pretty cool anyway, and if it’s done justice in the adaptation, I’m sure Aviendha will be a fan favorite.

The Aiel are a warrior folk central to The Wheel of Time. You may remember the Aiel woman we saw giving birth in Season 1 Episode 7’s cold open and the caged Aiel in Season 1 Episode 3, who was dead when Mat robbed him. I expect this super awesome race to be focal in Season 2 and to feature in more than 1 or 2 episodes.

The Aiel’s outfits are called cadin’sor and are typified by gray or brown coats and breeches. These help them become unnoticeable (until it’s too late) in their environment.

You’ll see here that the soft browns blend in with the sand of the landscape. In the Season 1, Episode 7 scene where Tigraine Mantear is about to give birth to Rand al’Thor, the Dragon Reborn, she is wearing a dusky white cadin’sor to have a similar effect in the snow.

The Aiel are revealed to be vital to the story in Book 3 of The Wheel of Time, which this season will cover, at least in part. You can expect the same treatment for the TV series, and if that’s not Bain and Chiad (Ragga Ragnars and Maja Simonsen, respectively) with Aviendha, I’ll be shocked.

Falme

Moiraine and Lan are seen walking on a beach, which probably puts them in Falme, a town on the western point of The Wheel of Time map. You can look forward to epic events in this location, which was filmed in Morocco, as it is where those boats we saw in the Season 1 finale are heading.

Four women at the bow of a ship looking towards mountains on the shore.
The Seanchan invaders.

There’s another shot of Moiraine and Lan on the same beach later in the video, and it looks like two separate scenes.

The rumor mill suggests there may be another Waygate in this area, so maybe they’re waiting on someone (Rand perhaps?) or have traveled to this spot via the Ways. They may be looking for Egwene, but I’m not here to spoil anything the teaser doesn’t give us.

Whitecloaks

The next shot is a group of Whitecloaks riding at a gallop with masks covering their faces to protect them from the dust. I suspect the lead horse is carrying Eamon Valda, last seen having his back stabbed by Egwene al’Vere in Season 1, Episode 5.

The masks ironically confirm that the blond man we see straight after is a Child of the Light (the man with an axe strapped to his back). Given the prominent shot of this individual, I can only imagine he is the son of Geofram Bornhald (who we saw in Season 1 Episode 2). Dain Bornhald (Jay Duffy) has a character arc in the books that the TV series will do well to explore.

Geofram Bornhald (Stuart Graham) and Eamon Valda (Abdul Salis) stand ahead of mounted and other standing Whitecloaks.
Geofram Bornhald (Stuart Graham) and Eamon Valda (Abdul Salis).

I’m guessing the Whitecloak fighting Aviendha is Jaichim Carridin — a Whitecloak Questioner with an unpleasant secret — because the blond dude looks too cool to be him. Jaichim is described as having a darker complexion in the books.

There’s a trebuchet in the background of the running horses. Later in the clip, a battle map also depicts this siege weapon. So, yes, the Whitecloaks will also be at the heart of Season 2’s endgame.

The Wheel

The 7-spoked wheel with the bondage straps is clearly a torture device of some sort.

Despite its rich symbolism, I do not recognize it from the books. We may venture into mirror worlds in Season 2, but that is far from confirmed, and this is certainly something that might exist in an alternative reality.

I’ll leave you to ponder this item’s use for the show, but the breaking wheel was a method of execution popular in the Middle Ages.

Dead Men Walking

We see Perrin with a sword at his hip, walking with a group of Shienarans. The guy with the topknot towards the front is Uno Nomesta (Guy Roberts), who appeared to be amongst the fallen at the end of Season 1.

Loial, the Ogier, also seemed to have been a victim of Padan Fain and Mat’s stolen dagger, but we see him several times in this behind-the-scenes teaser trailer. The show has much explaining to do when it returns for Season 2.

Another Waygate

The Wheel of Time TV series does love itself a Waygate, and that’s okay because they’re prominent in the books, too. The one in this next shot is set amongst trees and could denote a visit to a stedding. Stedding Tsofu, to be exact.

Stedding are where the Ogier live, and channeling the One Power inside one is impossible. After the Breaking of the World, male channelers sought sanctuary in these habitats to avoid the madness. They thanked the Ogier by creating the Ways, so the entrances were often found nearby.

Much has changed in the locations and existence of the stedding, but Stedding Tsofu does have a Waygate near it in the books. I should also note that Trollocs and Fades steer clear of the stedding, so finding one will be helpful.

However, as we visit the city of Cairhien in Season 2, the location could be inside Barthanes’ manor. The High Lord’s mansion was built on the site of the Cairhienin Ogier grove. With Moiraine’s relative known to be cast for the second season, I suspect this may be a better guess for the Waygate seen here.

The Seanchan

The fortress we visit, busy with cameras doing all kinds of shots, is in Falme, and there are signs of the Seanchan everywhere. We have sigils on the tents and armor similar to what we saw on that ship at the end of the Season 1 finale.

Notable characters to look out for amongst the invaders are High Lord Turak (who I think we see in the center of a circle of soldiers) and High Lady Suroth (it may be her with the mask). Both have fantastic roles if the show stays close to the books.

The Rest

We see Rand walking purposefully through a rough street of wooden shacks that are the tumbled-down victims of an explosion. This must be the Foregate, a secondary city outside Cairhien’s walls, where dirt streets are populated by an eclectic mix of tradespeople and diverse residents.

The explosion is intriguing – has Rand gone mad already? Is the Foregate under attack, or is it just fireworks? We’ll have to wait and watch to find out.

Rand’s head has been shaved. Maybe he doesn’t want people to notice his red hair and be mistaken for an Aielman again. Looking closely, you can see Moiraine and Lan are following him. I smell Trollocs, Darkfriends, or both here and burning shacks.

Whatever unfolds, I am pumped about seeing it all on screen.

We see my personal favorite character at a window. Min Farshaw (Kae Alexander) also has her head shaved, but only on one side. This appearance is typical of certain members of the Seanchan, so whether she has been forced into servitude or has taken initiative amongst the invaders remains to be seen.

The person walking towards a garden doorway is probably Barthanes Damodred in his manor. The books describe him as having long, graying hair, but I could be mistaken.

We see Padan Fain in a pillared hallway and a hooded stranger walking at night before it has a weapon and frightens a gray horse, unseating its rider. This looks like Moiraine may be falling from her mount, and the stranger might be a Fade.

The circular turret looks like a behind-the-scenes shot of a partial set and doesn’t reveal much. Green screens are being maneuvered here, so it could be anything.

We get a battle scene with Whitecloak and Seanchan soldiers mixing it up and a fog that has permeated throughout the video. Loial is there, too.

Egwene is in Novice white in the White Tower, so we’ll pick up on her training to be an Aes Sedai. The shot of two men swirling spears or quarterstaffs looks like it is also set in the White Tower. An epic scene plays out in the Warder’s training grounds in the books, and I think it is Dónal Finn’s Mat Cauthon on the right.

We see a Myrddraal (Fade) nailed to a door, which is all sorts of awesome, but there are other treats for book fans in this shot, too. The man pointing with his sword could be Ingtar, and the long-haired character on the left may be Elyas Machera. I won’t say anything about those characters now, but you’ll love them.

Josha Stradowski as Rand al’Thor will be even more of a sex symbol with his shaved head, especially if there are many more broody shots of him sitting in a chair. Ditto with Daniel Henney as Lan Mandragoran, who we see practicing the sword.

There’s a woman in white riding a horse in a forest, and since we’ve already seen Egwene without her braid, I think it may be her on Bela in an Ogier Grove.

This makes me doubt my earlier assertions on the Waygate, as there is also one in Tar Valon’s Ogier Grove.

We get another shot of Padan Fain, this time looking angry, which contrasts with the white-toothed grin we usually see from him. There is the map I referenced earlier, more battle, and the masked woman, too.

As you can see, there’s lots here to get talking about, and please try to sleep well until Season 2 airs. I have a sneaking suspicion that the most revealing part of this video is the fog, which cloaks many of these flickering behind-the-scenes shots.

Our heroes have lots going on in Season 2 of The Wheel of Time. Hyped yet?

The Wheel of Time Season 1 Recap & Season 2 Sneak Peek Video

At New York City Comic-Con 2022, we were treated to another The Wheel of Time Season 2 teaser trailer. This one has a flicker-flicker montage of Season 1 and a sneak peek at Season 2. Be forewarned that this video has flashing images. I’ll do a breakdown after you’ve had time to watch it:

The Season 1 recap is brilliant and a nod to a moment in the books when some of our characters witness life events in parallel worlds. It’s known as the flicker-flicker scene because of the description Robert Jordan uses to describe the experience.

The Wheel of Time TV series clearly had this in mind, so the Creator of this teaser has my appreciation and respect. What did we learn about Season 2 in this clip, though?

The Forsaken

Don’t read this section if you are sensitive to possible spoilers for Season 2 and Books 1 to 3.

Moiraine’s voiceover chills when she says, “We didn’t kill the Dark One. We set his strongest lieutenant free.”

This implies that the fiery-eyed creature and composed gentleman we saw Rand repel at the end of Season 1 is not the Great Lord of the Dark but his most sinister agent.

In the books, this would make Fares Fares’ character Ishamael, the Father of Lies, whom Stepin mentions as he ruminates over statuettes of the Forsaken in Season 1, Episode 5.

The Forsaken, who call themselves the Chosen, are the Dark One’s most powerful servants. They are former Aes Sedai who sold their souls to the Shadow for the gift of immortality. They can use magic, of course, and have other powers and abilities now lost to the world.

Head and shoulders shot of the Dark One (Fares Fares).
The Dark One’s “strongest lieutenant” (Fares Fares)

So, this statement by Moiraine is horrifying if true, and she says, “he may be waking the Forsaken,” so we can expect multiple reincarnations of evil in Season 2 and a pressure cooker atmosphere. Be steadfast because “you have no conception of the power they wield.”

We hear Fares Fares saying, “The only way to stop all this suffering is to stop the Wheel itself.”

This isn’t just ammunition for sycophants hating on the show but also a clue to the Shadow’s motivations. Does the Dark One want to bring an end to time itself, or is this purely the desire of his “lieutenant”?

I’m not going further on the Forsaken for now, as it’s better to see how the show handles them and find out more as it happens. I hope what I’ve said hasn’t gone too far for you, but I did give a warning.

Suffering

We see snippets of bondage and suffering throughout this short teaser as if to lend credence to Fares Fares’ words. There’s Rand on the torture wheel, Egwene screaming with a collar wrapped around her neck, Perrin looking mortified, and Loial raging.

We also see Uno Nomesta (with the eye patch) on his knees and at the mercy of a Seanchan soldier. Perrin and Loial are watching in the crowd (look for the Ogier’s hair over the Seanchan’s shoulder), and later, we see them bowing.

I spotted a panther-like creature staring Uno down so the beasts kept by the invaders may feature in the TV series. We’ve seen a three-eyed animal depicted on the Seanchan ships and armor, and now this. Another aspect of the show that should get our pulses racing. Is this why Perrin is aghast?

We do see Uno in action fighting the Seanchan, which is a relief, but, in summary, no one is getting an easy ride in Season 2 of The Wheel of Time.

Shirts Off

We get the obligatory shirtless shots of Rand and Lan in this teaser. Rand appears to be hiding in a room resembling the one Min is spying from in the behind-the-scenes trailer. Lan is practicing sword forms on his own, looking handsome but alone.

The World of Dreams

Tel’aran’rhiod, the World of Dreams, is a thing in The Wheel of Time, and the show may explore it further in Season 2.

Last season, Rand and Perrin dreamed of the Dark One being cruel to their loved ones. In this teaser, we have Rand waking up in a similar shot to those used in the first season. We can expect more dream sequences in Season 2, which may have real-life implications.

Other Highlights

The masked woman with the excessive fingernails must be Suroth, a Seanchan of the High Blood. The guarded man with similar nails is probably Turak, whom I mentioned earlier. We’ve seen plenty of the invaders in both teasers, and all of it looks good.

The powerless Moiraine looks desperate as we see her hiding from an unseen assailant with her dagger at the ready. Later, she cries while bathing.

You probably recognize Siuan Sanche, the Amyrlin Seat, leaving her carriage and looking authoritative. What will she have to say about Moiraine letting Rand go?

The shot that strikes me as the most revealing is seeing Nynaeve in a wilderness that has the ambiance of an otherworld. She is likely to be tested by the Aes Sedai since she’s rough around the edges, and this looks like something they might ask her to overcome if she is to be accepted amongst the women of the White Tower.

We also see her sparring with Alanna’s Warders, so she’s being put through her paces during her training. Maksim and Ihvon don’t seem to have trouble blocking her wild swings of the sword, though.

Dónal Finn, as Mat, is shown several times and is always in his roughs, but there isn’t much given away about his whereabouts when he’s shown outside. Inside, however, he appears to still be struggling with illness.

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I hope you enjoyed my analysis of The Wheel of Time Season 2 teaser trailers. Let me know what I missed in the comments, and I’ll read your thoughts greedily. Are you pumped for the second season yet?

Until next time, may the Light shine on you, my friends!

Russell

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