Yesterday (January 21, 2020) unexpectedly turned out to be a huge day for news on Amazon Prime’s upcoming adaptation of The Wheel of Time. Although neither the official @WoTonPrime account nor @RafeJudkins officially shared or re-tweeted the news, a number of cast members posted photos of episode scripts on Twitter and Instagram–and while some of those cast members were already known to us, there were some exciting new reveals as well. And not only did we learn the names of several new cast members; those script photos have also revealed some details about the titles, writers, and directors for two episodes. Here’s a roundup of everything we learned yesterday!
First of all, the episode titles and directors: it appears that Episode 5 will be titled “Blood Calls Blood,” was written by Celine Song, and will be directed by Salli Richardson Whitfield. Meanwhile, Episode 6 will be titled “The Flame of Tar Valon.” This means that pretty early on, we’ll be getting into material for The Great Hunt: even if “The Flame of Tar Valon” doesn’t refer to Siuan and instead refers to material from New Spring, “Blood Calls Blood’ is a line from the Dark Prophecy written on the dungeon wall in Fal Dara early in the second book.
And now, onto the castings.
Kate Fleetwood will be playing the role of Liandrin, the Black Aes Sedai posing as a Red sister who leads Egwene, Elayne, Nynaeve, and Min to the Seanchan in The Great Hunt. We know that Liandrin will appear no later than episode 5, “Blood Calls Blood,” based on the script she’s holding.
Maria Doyle Kennedy, known for her work on Orphan Black and Outlander, among other credits, will be playing an Aes Sedai. While it has not been revealed which Aes Sedai she will play, many fans are guessing that she will play either Siuan or Elaida.
Jennifer Cheon Garcia will also be playing an Aes Sedai–and although you can’t see it in this screenshot, she posted the news with a blue square icon, indicating that she will likely play a Blue. Siuan and Leane in particular have been suggested by fans as possibilities.
Daryl McCormack will be playing an unknown character and will appear by episode 5, “Blood Calls Blood.” Galad and Gawyn have been suggested as possibilities, but characters like Ingtar should be in the running as well based on the episode.
And as nice as it is to receive so much new casting news, it’s also nice to see more from some of those whose castings were announced previously. Madeleine Madden (Egwene al’Vere), Hammed Animashaun (Loial), and Priyanka Bose (Alanna Mosani) all released photos yesterday as well.
Madeleine Madden is holding the script for episode 6 (although she says it is episode 5 in her tweet, she later corrected herself).
Hammed Animashaun can be seen holding a script that I believe to be for episode 5, “Blood Calls Blood.”
And Priyanka Bose is holding the script for episode 5, “Blood Calls Blood.” She also posted a second photo that is the clearest look we get at the script for the episode.
And today, running a little behind, Taylor Napier (who will play one of Alanna’s Warders, Maksim) and Daniel Henney (Lan Mandragoran) joined in as well.
What are your thoughts on all of these new revelations? Which casting are you most excited about?