With season 2 behind us, the countdown to season 3 has officially begun, and there’s no better way to kick it off than with some casting updates.
Marin al’Vere Recast
The Wheel of Time has recast the role of Marin al’Vere, who was portrayed by Lolita Chakrabarti in season 1. Taking over the role is Rina Mahoney, a screen and stage actor who has appeared in television shows such as Happy Valley, Wednesday, The Bay, Doctors, and Hollyoaks.
Marin al’Vere, Egwene al’Vere’s mother, appeared in the first episode of season 1. The last we saw of the character was during the final scene of episode 1, as she watched her daughter leave the Two Rivers with Moiraine and her warder Lan, unlikely to return. In early 2021, we posted a story about season 3, drawing from an interview Lolita Chakrabarti gave to The Times, in which she explained that the role of Marin al’Vere will become a larger one in season 3.
Chakrabarti did not return to the show “due to a clash of timings of her projects in the West End and on Broadway as a playwright, sadly she was unable to continue her role as Marin al’Vere in Wheel of Time“, the actor’s publicist told WotSeries in a statement. In addition to being a talented actress, Chakrabarti is also an award-winning playwright who most recently adapted Maggie O’Farrell’s novel Hamet to the stage.
The Return of the Tuatha’an
Additionally, we can report on three actors who appear to be returning for season 3: Maria Doyle Kennedy as Ila, Narinder Samra as Raen, and Daryl McCormack as Aram. Maria Doyle Kennedy has been in Prague in the last month and was recently seen in a photo with fellow cast member Priyanka Bose (Alanna). According to an update on a CV, Daryl McCormack will be returning for Wheel of Time season 3. Finally, we believe that the last unidentified headshot from the video shared by Rafe Judkins prior to JordanCon 2023 belongs to Narinder Samra. We last saw these three actors in season 1, episode 5, and based on plotlines from the books, we expect to see them meeting Perrin (Marcus Rutherford) again in season 3.
The updates for Kennedy, Samra, and McCormack have not been confirmed by production as of this time.
All Roads Lead to the Two Rivers
That might not be how roads work, but true here nonetheless. WotSeries has previously uncovered evidence of the Two Rivers set being rebuilt, a noteworthy development given its complete destruction during the Trolloc attack on Winter Night in season 1. We have also reported on filming in Slovenia, home to the “mountain home” portion of the Two Rivers in season 1. Actors spotted in Slovenia include Priyanka Bose (Alanna), Taylor Napier (Maksim), Ragga Ragnars (Bain), and Maja Simonsen (Chiad), all characters who appear in the Two Rivers in book 4, The Shadow Rising. Now we know that the three main Tuatha’an characters from season 1 are also returning. Lastly, with Perrin’s conflict with the Whitecloaks coming to a head in the season 2 finale, the Two Rivers will certainly be central to the story in season 3.
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