Season two of The Wheel of Time has come and gone, and now fans are left with the long wait for Season three. With that wait comes speculation on what we might see in the future, and thankfully, season two had a number of delightful name drops that may give us hints of who and what is to come.
These are all the name drops we caught in season two of The Wheel of Time. The list below does not go into detail and thus should be spoiler-free. However, for those who wish to remain-spoiler free, we advise against further internet searches.
Mazrim Taim: Referenced in episode one when Liandrin says “another false Dragon has declared himself in Saldaea,” and then explicitly named in episode two, Mazrim Taim doesn’t enter the main story until book 6, Lord of Chaos, so we expect it might be a couple of seasons before we will see him on screen.
The Sea Folk: Mentioned by Bayle Domon in episode one, this is our first reference to the sea-faring culture known for their ruthless negotiating skills. The actual name of their culture is the Atha’an Miere (“People of the Sea”). In the books, some of our main characters first interact with members of the Atha’an Meire in book 4, The Shadow Rising.
Cadsuane Melaidhrin: Cadsuane is name dropped more than once — first in episode two when we meet Elayne and again in episode four when Alanna tells Lan that Nynaeve is scheduled to take the Trial of the Arches. She is a legendary Aes Sedai and becomes a significant character later starting from book 7, A Crown of Swords, so like Mazrim Taim, we anticipate it might be a few seasons before we see her on screen.
Elena Katab: As far as we could tell, Elena is not a character from the books, but she’s stated to be an Aes Sedai contemporary of Cadsuane: the woman whose room was next to Cadsuane’s when they were both novices. The two would go on to become one of the greatest pairings in the history of the world, according to Elayne.
Arinvar: Mentioned by Alanna in episode two, Arinvar is the name of Sheriam’s warder.
Chachin: Chachin is the capital city of Kandor, a nation in the Borderlands, and is the location near where Moiraine and Lan first met, as referenced in episode two, but told in full in the prequel novel New Spring.
Edeyn ti Gemallen Arrel: Lady Edeyn is the Malkieri noblewoman who was Lan’s carneira, also referenced in episode two. More of her story is told in the prequel novel New Spring.
Sereille Bagand: Sereille was a legendary Aes Sedai of the White Ajah. She was a Sitter for the White Ajah then became Mistress of Novices for over a hundred years before finally becoming Amyrlin Seat. Sereille and Cadsuane had similar natures, but did not get along and would constantly butt heads. Verin references her in episode five, and it appears Sereille Sedai was Mistress of Novices when Verin was a novice.
Queen Morgase & Gawyn Trakand: Morgase is Elayne’s mother and the Queen of Andor. Gawyn is her older brother. Though we first briefly meet the two characters in the first book, The Eye of the World, we anticipate that we may meet these characters in the show in season 3. According to Sheriam’s notes in episode five, Elayne, Egwene, and Nynaeve were allegedly headed to Caemlyn to attend celebrate Gawyn’s birthday.
Caemlyn: Caemlyn was actually first mentioned in season one, when Alanna told Moiraine that Siuan was returning from the city. It is the capital city of Andor, ruled by Queen Morgase. The Two Rivers, where our five main protagonists are from, lies in the far Western regions of Andor. Siuan visited the city again in season two, though what she was doing there still remains a mystery.
Tetsuan: Tetsuan was an Aes Sedai of the Red Ajah and a contemporary of Eldrene, the Aes Sedai and Queen of Manetheren who gave her life in defense of her kingdom. Tetsuan later became Amyrlin Seat, but was the first Amyrlin to have been stripped of her title by the Hall of the Tower. Verin told Sheriam she needed a book for a passage on Tetsuan in episode five.
Anaiya Carel: Anaiya is an Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah who first appeared in book two, The Great Hunt, and had a more regular presence in later parts of the story. Moiraine had the Damodred butler deliver a letter to Anaiya in episode six, so perhaps we will see her next season.
Graendal & Sammael: These are the two other Forsaken who have been confirmed to have survived the adaptation process, the other one being Moghedien, whom we met at the end of episode eight. Together with Ishamael and Lanfear, that makes five confirmed Forsaken and three that have yet to be revealed.
But wait…there’s more! Thanks to our friend Lauren at Unraveling the Pattern for pointing out a couple that we missed! (Added at 14:40 CDT, October 6, 2023)
Luthair Paendrag: The son of Artur Hawkwing (whom we saw as a Hero of the Horn in episode eight), Luthair headed the army that Artur sent to conquer the continent of Seanchan. Some of the lords and ladies of the Seanchan are said to be of Luthair’s blood. Alwhin mentioned Luthair in episode three when she explained to the people of Atuan’s Mill that they were sitting on stolen land.
Watchers on the Waves: Geofram Bornhald stated in episode eight that this group had written for help. Known as “The Watchers Over the Waves” in the books, this organization believed that the descendants of Hawkwing’s armies would return someday. The had watch towers along the Western coast, including Falme. A passage in the Karaethon Cycle (mentioned in season one, episode 5) says that “above the Watchers shall [the Dragon Reborn] proclaim himself.”
Did we miss any other names dropped this season? Who are you looking forward to seeing the most in a future season? Let us know in the comments!