Filming in South Africa
If you’ve been following our production news on season 3 of The Wheel of Time, you’ll recall that the season started filming in the Czech Republic in mid-April 2023, where it continued except for a scheduled break prior to the release of season 2. Filming in the Czech Republic is scheduled to wrap in roughly a month. Following that, the production is anticipated to move to South Africa.
A number of season 3 crew have visited South Africa, including director Marta Cunningham, who visited both the city of Cape Town and the North Cape region, and first assistant director Michael S Chandler. Additionally, a construction supervisor for South African filming has been attached to episodes 303 and 304. Cunningham is the director for episodes 305 and 306, and Chandler is the first assistant director for Ciaran Donnelly, who is directing four episodes. As a result, it’s likely filming in South Africa will be for a variety of scenes throughout the season, similar to how Morocco was utilized in the last four episodes of season 2.
We do not know how long filming in South Africa is scheduled to last at this time, but we will continue to report on filming updates as we learn of them. In addition to filming in the Czech Republic, The Wheel of Time recently returned to Slovenia for filming. Prior locations for seasons 1 and 2 include the Czech Republic, Slovenia, Croatia, Spain, Italy, and Morocco.
New York Comic Con 2023 Panel
This news about South Africa may shed some light on a comment Rafe made this weekend during a panel at New York Comic Con 2023. On Saturday, October 14, The Wheel of Time shared the spotlight with three other Prime Video shows during a 2-hour panel, “Prime Video Presents: The Power of Prime.” First, executive producer Marigo Kehoe, VHX Supervisor Andy Scrase, and VFX Producer Brian Shows were interviewed about their experiences making season 2, and then showrunner Rafe Judkins was brought out to share his own stories for season 2. Excitingly, Rafe also was able to tease some tidbits for season 3. We’ve transcribed the questions and answers for the next season below.
Season Three Answers
More Information from Rafe Judkins
Following a screening of the season 2 finale held by Amazon on Sunday, Rafe Judkins revealed more hints about what fans can expect to see in season 3. In addition to returning to old locations, the city of Tanchico was specified as a new location the characters would visit in addition to the previously mentioned Aiel Waste and Rhuidean. The Sea Folk — a culture that was name-dropped in episode one of season 2 — will also be showcased in the upcoming season. Additionally, Rand and Perrin’s stories receive more focus.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter prior to Saturday’s panel, Marigo Kehoe revealed that all eight scripts for season 3 were finished before the filming of season 3, and that production was unaffected by the strikes due to the production using Equity contracts.
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(Note: A previous version of this article stated that the screening of the finale was held at NYCC. This has been corrected!)