Now that the filming for The Wheel of Time season 3 has wrapped and the show is fully in post-production, we thought it might be a good time to summarize the things we’ve learned about season 3 while we await official news. This won’t be a completely comprehensive list, but it will cover the major aspects we know — at least until more information is revealed.

Story

First up: what parts of the story can we expect season 3 to cover? According to showrunner Rafe Judkins, the third season will primarily be based on the fourth book, The Shadow Rising. In a Q&A following San Diego Comic Con 2022, he stated that “We are trying to get a fair amount of what’s done in Books 1-3 (large parts still being held for later) by the end of S2 so that S3 can be a much closer adaptation of TSR.” Additionally, when the season 3 greenlight was announced, he told the Hollywood Reporter that “The Shadow Rising has always been my favorite book in the series, so being able to bring it to television and introduce new audiences to the stories that made me fall in love with these books in the first place is such an honor, and something I’ve been working toward since I first pitched the show years and years ago.”

However, considering the monumental task of adapting a story written across 14 books into a television series, we can probably expect to see some aspects of other books make their way into the season.

Directors and Cinematographers

Similar to previous seasons, the directors for season 3 have partnered with a director of photography (DOP or cinematographer) to work on their production blocks.

Episodes Director DOP
301 – 302 Ciaran Donnelly Christopher Norr
303 – 304 Thomas Napper David Luther
305 – 306 Marta Cunningham Jean-Phillipe Gossart
307 – 308 Ciaran Donnelly Christopher Norr

 

Our first director is Ciaran Donnelly. Donnelly previously directed episodes 7 and 8 of season 1. He returns as the lead director for season 3, and his DOP is Christopher Norr.

The second director is another returning face: Thomas Napper, who previously directed episodes 201 and 202. Napper is working with DOP David Luther. Luther previously worked on episodes 103, 104, 107, and 108

The third director for season 3 is Marta Cunningham. She will be working with DOP Jean-Phillipe Gossart.

Writers & Episodes

Showrunner and executive producer Rafe Judkins will be writing episode 304. Executive producer Justine Juel Gillmer is attached to episodes 301 and 308. Executive producer Dave Hill wrote episode 307. Executive story editor Katherine B. McKenna wrote episode 302. Rammy Park is returning to season 3 as an executive story editor and wrote episode 306, and Beverly Okhio joins season 3 as a story editor and the writer of episode 303. Ajoke Ibironke wrote episode 305. Additionally, Isabella Whiteman was a writer’s assistant, and Maximillian Fisher was a writer’s room assistant for the season.

We previously reported that Amanda Kate Shuman would be a writer for season 3, but book consultant Sarah Nakamura has since clarified that Shuman will not be a writer for the next season. She is currently listed as an Executive Producer for season on the WGA site, but that has not been confirmed.

Like previous seasons, season 3 will be 8 episodes long. Four titles are currently known. However, there is the possibility of some of these titles being placeholders and therefore not being the final title. Also, as mentioned in our previous article, there is a possibility that we attributed the wrong titles to 302 and 308 (meaning episode 2 may be “He Who Comes With the Dawn” and episode 8 may be “A Question of Crimson”).

# Title Writer
301 To Race the Shadow Justine Juel Gillmer
302 A Question of Crimson Katherine B. McKenna
303 unknown Beverly Ohkio
304 unknown Rafe Judkins
305 unknown Ajoke Ibironke
306 unknown Rammy Park
307 Goldeneyes Dave Hill
308 He Who Comes With the Dawn Justine Juel Gillmer

Filming Locations

Filming took place across three different countries: the Czech Republic, Slovenia, and South Africa. The majority of filming took place in the Czech Republic, where Jordan Studios is located. Jordan Studios is home to multiple sound stages and a backlot with the Tar Valon set. In addition to Jordan Studios, filming also took place at Barrandov Studios, where season 2 filmed much of its Cairhien scenes. However, the Cairhien set was taken down following the filming of season 2, so we can conclude that season 3 filmed on different sets.

An additional soundstage in Třeboradice was also utilized for season 3. This location was home to the Hall of the Tower set in season 1 and similar White Tower scenes in season 2.

In addition to the studios, we also know that the Two Rivers set was rebuilt for use in season 3 and was home to quite a bit of filming as Perrin’s story takes him back to his hometown.

Other locations in the Czech Republic utilized by The Wheel of Time production include the Vranov nad Dyjí Castle in late May of 2023 for a Caemlyn scene. Shohreh Agdashloo was seen on set that location, as was Olivia Williams. We know from a casting call that a baby was also needed for filming at this location.

We also believe that filming took place at Tocnik Castle in early June. Details of filming are unknown, but we believe Nuno Lopes filmed there.

Slovenia was previously used as a filming location in season 1, specifically for many of the locations in the Two Rivers outside the village itself. Filming returned to many of the same areas for season 3. This makes sense considering the story’s return to the Two Rivers. Actors we know made the journey to Slovenia include Josha Stradowski, Priyanka Bose, Taylor Napier, Ragga Ragnars, and Maja Simonsen, but this is by no means exhaustive.

Finally, filming took place in South Africa at Cape Town Film Studios, mountains in the Western Cape region, the Atlantis Dunes, the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument, and in the Northern Cape, near Vioolsdrif.

Returning Cast

Returning from previous seasons we have the series’ leads: Rosamund Pike (Moiraine Damodred), Daniel Henney (Lan Mandragoran), Zoë Robins (Nynaeve al’Meara), Madeleine Madden (Egwene al’Vere), Josha Stradowski (Rand al’Thor), Marcus Rutherford (Perrin Aybara), and Dónal Finn (Mat Cauthon).

Recurring roles that appeared in both seasons we expect back include: Juliet Howland (Natti Cauthon), Johann Myers (Padan Fain), Abdul Salis (Eamon Valda), Kate Fleetwood (Liandrin Guirale), Priyanka Bose (Alanna Mosvani), Taylor Napier (Maksim),  Hammed Animashaun (Loial), Sophie Okonedo (Siuan Sanche), Jennifer Cheon Garcia (Leanne Sharif), Kae Alexander (Min Farshaw), Alexander Karim (Lews Therin Telamon), and Fares Fares (Ishamael). We also expect Álvaro Morte back as Logain, since he was in Prague in September 2023, while filming was still taking place.

Actors returning from season 2 include: Nila Aalia (Adeleas), Meera Syal (Verin Mathwin), Heikko Deutschmann (Tomas), Ceara Coveney (Elayne Trakand), Joelle (Joiya Byir), Natasha O’Keeffe (Lanfear), Rachel Denning (Nyomi), Jay Duffy (Dain Bornhald), Ayoola Smart (Aviendha), Nyokabi Gethaiga (Ryma), Ragga Ragnars (Bain), Maja Simonsen (Chiad), and Laia Costa (Moghedien).

We also have some faces from season 1 that we expect to see again. These include Alexandre Willaume (Thom Merrilin), Maria Doyle Kennedy (Ila), Daryl McCormack (Aram), Narinder Samra (Raen), Katie Brayben (Latra). While unconfirmed, we may also see some familiar faces like Mandi Symonds (Daise Congar), Litiana Biutanaseva (Bode Cauthon), and Lilibet Biutanaseva (Eldrin Cauthon), all Two Rivers residents. We may also possibly see more of Magdalena Sittova (Shaiel) via a flashback.

Rima Te Wiata (Sheriam) will not be returning for season 3, but is expected to return for a fourth season, should the show get one.

New Cast

No new cast for season 3 have been officially announced. However, the following actors have been uncovered: Olumide Olorunfemi (Ispan), Diêm Camille (unknown role), Olivia Williams (likely Queen Morgase), Nuno Lopes (unknown role), Shohreh Aghdashloo (Elaida), Callum Kerr (Galad), Luke Fetherston (unknown role), Rob McLoughlin (Jaq Lounalt), Isabella Bucceri (Faile), Jared Doreck (Jaichim Carridin), Paul A Maynard (Jac al’Seen), Raksha Hoost (Shaine), Tereza Duskova (Maigran), Ania Marson (Latra), and Rebecca Root (Lelaine). Rina Mahoney will be joining the cast as Marin al’Vere.

Additionally, we suspect the following actors are part of the cast, but have not been able to find confirmation: Iman Marson, Ian Atwiine, Ferdinand McKay, Kiren Kebaili-Dwyer, Diana Dulinkova, and Natasha Culzac.

Audition Scripts

We have been able to uncover auditions for a number of different characters: a female Aiel channeler, a Two Rivers farmer, Couladin, a possible Wil al’Seen and Cenn Buie, and Sammael. Note that while previous audition scenes that made it into the final show were almost word for word, many times scenes are created for the purpose of auditions and do not show up in the final product. Thus, we shouldn’t assume the audition scenes will make it into the final show word for word, or even at all.

JordanCon

We’re hoping we can hear more about season 3 at JordanCon, happening April 19 – 21, 2024. For the past few years, Rafe Judkins has prepared news to share at the convention. In 2021, Rafe shared a message about when to expect the first trailer for the show. In 2022, Aviendha’s casting was revealed and the cast answered fan questions. Last year, in 2023, in addition to another Q&A, the official castings for Bain, Chiad, Dain Bornhald, and Sheriam were revealed.

If there is any sort of news from the convention, we will be sure to report it here!

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