Production on The Wheel of Time season two began back in July 2021. Now, nine and a half months later, we’ve seen multiple posts from crew currently filming in Dakhla, Morocco that indicates that principal photography for season two is complete. An official announcement from production has not yet been made, but we hope we hear word, soon.
Season Two Production
Season Two began filming on July 19, 2021, exactly 4 months before season one aired on Prime Video. Since then, official information and news about the second season have been sparse, with much of the focus on promoting season one. Season Two Lead Make-up, Hair, and Prosthetics Designer Davina Lamont summed up the production of season two well in a social media post: “156 shooting days, 14 wonderful makeup crew nationalities, 56 makeup artists, 220 covid tests, 560 makeup fittings, over 1 year on this show and spanning over 3 countries and that’s a wrap on Wheel of Time season 2!!!!”
If you’ve been following the news along with us, you’ll recall that in addition to filming in the Czech Republic, where the show has its very own studio — Jordan Studios — season two also filmed in Italy and in Morocco, where principal photography just finished after a two month stay in the country. As we reported previously, filming in Morocco was reported to take place in Ouarzazate, Marrakech, Essaouira and Dakhla. However, while cast and crew were seen in Marrakech during their time in Morocco, what filming completed there, if any, is unknown.
A large wrap party with cast and crew took place in Essaouira on April 22nd before filming wrapped in that area. Prior to production moving on to the Dakhla region, Rosamund Pike and Daniel Henney, both previously known to be busy with work in other countries, were briefly spotted in Essaouira. A smaller scale wrap party also took place in Dakhla on May 3rd, where Rosamund was again spotted by a fan in the region.
Season Two Release Date
There has been no official word on when we can expect season two to be released, however Rafe did say in an interview with the Empire Spoilers Podcast that the wait between seasons would be “longer than you think.” Considering season one was released in November of 2021, we can probably safely rule out another November release date.
Comments from actor Natasha O’Keeffe (role unknown) have suggested that a 2023 release date is more likely, citing the amount of visual effects and post-production needed on a fantasy series of this scale.
— Eri (Geeky) (@geekyeri) April 5, 2022
Season Two Cast
With a source material packed full of named characters, we anticipate that season two’s cast list will grow far beyond the 71 officially credited cast members for season one. Returning cast includes (but is not limited to): Rosamund Pike (Moiraine Damodred), Daniel Henney (Lan Mandragoran), Josha Stradowski (Rand al’Thor), Marcus Rutherford (Perrin Aybara), Madeleine Madden (Egwene al’Vere), Zoë Robins (Nynaeve al’Meara), Kate Fleetwood (Liandrin Guirale), Sophie Okonedo (Siuan Sanche), Álvaro Morte (Logain Ablar), Priyanka Bose (Alanna Mosvani), Taylor Napier (Maksim), Emmanuel Imani (Ihvon), Jennifer Cheon Garcia (Leane Sharif), Hammed Animashaun (Loial), Kae Alexander (Min Farshaw), Guy Roberts (Uno Nomesta), Alexander Karim, and Fares Fares (“The Dark One”).
Since the start of season two production, the following actors have also been officially announced to be joining the cast: Dónal Finn as Mat Cauthon, Ceara Coveney as Elayne Trakand, Natasha O’Keeffe in an unknown role, Meera Syal in an unknown role, Arnas Fedaravičius as Masema Dagar, Gregg Chillingirian as Ingtar Shinowa, and Ayoola Smart as Aviendha.
And the rest of the unconfirmed or speculated cast include: Gary Beadle (Elyas Machera), Salle Salée (unknown role), Will Tudor (Barthanes), Haruka Kuroda (Min’s Aunt), Natasha Jayahendry (unknown role), Laura Crowhust (unknown role), Melissa James (Elnore Snr), Jessica Boone (unknown role), Raquel Cipriano (novice), Marie-France Alvarez (Celestin), Stewart Kenneth Moore (Stable Master), Laia Costa (“Magdelena”), Julian Lewis Jones (Bayle Domon), and Katie Leung (Yasicca). We also suspect Karima McAdams, Ragga Ragnars, Jay Duffy, and Xelia Mendes-Jones are part of the cast. This is still speculation, however both Ragnars and Duffy were spotted in Essaouira during the time of filming.
As it takes a long time and the effort of hundreds of people to make a season of fantasy television to the scale of The Wheel of Time, fans have been eagerly awaiting news of future seasons being greenlit. While rumors and speculation have circulated online, there has still been no official word about season three or beyond of the show. When we hear official word, we will be sure to report the news.