The 76th Primetime Emmy awards will honor programming that aired between June 1, 2023 and May 31, 2024. The Wheel of Time season 2 is eligible for nominations, and thanks to a handful of events and interviews for the purpose of shining light on the wonderful work on the show, we’ve been able to learn a few new interesting tidbits of information. Read on for a list of the interviews and events and a summary of some of the highlights from the interviews and from recent news.

Prime Experience

Prime Video held its annual Prime Experience For Your Consideration (FYC) from April 24 though May 20 at NYA West. On display for invited Television Academy and Hollywood guild members were costumes from a handful of Prime Video shows, including The Wheel of Time. In addition to a screen displaying stills and photos of some of the costumes, on display were costumes from Suroth, Turok, Rand, and Moiraine.

An FYC panel for The Wheel of Time was held on April 30th, moderated by Perri Nemiroff. The panel featured showrunner Rafe Judkins, costume designer Sharon Gillham, hair and makeup designer Davina Lamont, Rosamund Pike, and Daniel Henney speaking on some of the creative efforts that went into creating season 2 of the show. The entire panel can currently be viewed on Amazon’s Wheel of Time FYC page.

Season 3 Opening is “Bonkers”

Additionally, as part of the Deadline Studio at the Prime Experience, Rafe Judkins teased that the first 15 minutes of season 3 “is one of the most bonkers set pieces [he’s] ever seen on television.” He further says, “I was just watching it this week and it is absolutely bananas what our team pulled off … just a bunch of women in their 40s and 50s shredding each other, and it is wonderful to behold.”

Judkins previous stated that at the New York Comic Con 2023 panel that we would know “right up top, season 3, what Liandrin’s been up to” while she was off-screen during the season 2 finale. He also previously used the word “shredding” to describe Moiraine’s channeling on the beach in the season finale of season 2. Putting these pieces of information together, it sounds like we can expect that the season 3 opener includes Liandrin and a number of other Aes Sedai using the One Power, likely against each other.

Gold Derby

Costume Designer Sharon Gillham was part of a roundtable panel with Gold Derby, alongside costume designers from Abbott Elementary, Feud: Capote vs. the Swans, Shogun, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. She shared about inspirations, finding the right fabric, and the challenges Lanfear’s costume presented when shooting scenes from episode 206. In a solo conversation with Gold Derby, she goes into greater detail about some of the challenges in working on a show as expansive as The Wheel of Time and inspiration for Lady Suroth’s costume.

In Creative Company

Podcast In Creative Company welcomed Showrunner Rafe Judkins, production designer Ondřej Nekvasil, costume designer Sharon Gilham, hair and makeup supervisor Davina Lamont, and VFX supervisor Andy Scrase for a Behind the Scenes Craft panel. The entire panel is worth a listen as the creatives talk about the joys and challenges of working on season 2.

Judkins briefly referenced a time frame of “18 months to 2 years” between seasons during the panel. This gives us a rough estimate as to when it’s realistic to expect season 3 to be released.

Season 3 Will Release in 2025

It was recently announced that Rosamund Pike would be joining the cast of Now You See Me 3. With the announcements, it was also revelaed that season 3 of The Wheel of Time would release in 2025, with Variety stating that Pike “has played sorceress Moiraine Damodred in Prime Video’s epic fantasy “The Wheel of Time” since 2021, with a third season of the series set to release in 2025,” and The Hollywood Reporter saying the show “launches its third season next year.” Deadline also explicitly named 2025 as the release year, saying that “In recent years, Pike has also played the iconic sorceress Moiraine Damodred in Prime Video’s epic fantasy The Wheel of Time, which returns for its third season in 2025.”

Upfronts

Amazon Studios held their first Upfronts presentation on May 15, 2024. The purpose of the event is to present upcoming content and features to advertiser so that advertisers can in turn sign deals with the service. While a number of upcoming movies and series were announced, The Wheel of Time was only referenced by head of studios Jennifer Salke as one of the titles that would return “over the coming year.”

While Salke’s phrasing was vague and should probably not be analyzed too literally, if we put her statement together with Judkin’s 18 to 24 month range, we can guess a likely season 3 release window of early March to early September, 2025.

Sony FYC

Sony Pictures Television held their own FYC event on May 7, including a panel on The Art of Adaptation that included writer and executive producer Justine Juel Gillmer and actor Daniel Henney. The focus of the panel was how the creative teams adapt stories, characters, and worlds from a different medium and translate it to television.

Per Variety, the panel should be available on variety.com, but as of the time of publishing, it is currently unavailable.

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