The Golden Crane flies! After a few quiet #WoTWednesdays, Amazon’s The Wheel of Time series took to social media to announce the casting for Al’Lan Mandragoran. Daniel Henney (Criminal Minds) will play Moraine Sedai’s Warder. 

In The Wheel of Time fantasy book series by Robert Jordan, a Warder, traditionally male, is a bodyguard of sorts, that is bonded through saidar (magic) to an Aes Sedai. The bond creates a partnership with benefits to both individuals. The Aes Sedai gets a confidant, a partner and a warrior protector in whatever adventure or project she is involved in. The Warder, through the bond, possesses more energy, can sense evil and he also gets free healing, so that’s a plus. Both the Aes Sedai and their Warder can sense where the other one is and if they are okay.

Al’Lan Mandragoran, known as ‘Lan’, is Moraine Sedai’s (Rosamund Pike) Warder and an important character in The Wheel of Time. He has a storied and sad past. He is only living heir to the fallen kingdom of Malkier and holds many titles including s Lord of the Seven Towers, Lord of the Lakes, True Blade of Malkier, Defender of the Wall of First Fires and Bearer of the Sword of the Thousand Lakes just to name a few. None of which he uses as a Warder to Moraine. There’s a lot more to share about Lan but, spoilers. 

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This almost rounds out the cast as we’ve got our Moraine, Rand Al’Thor (Josha Stradowski), Perrin Aybarra (Marcus Rutherford),  Nyneave (Zoe Robin), Mat Cauthon (Barney Harris) and Egwene Al’Vere (Madeleine Madden). I’m hoping that the next few #WoTWednesdays will reveal who has been cast as Elaine, Loial and Thom Merrilin just to name a few. Those are just the good guys! We haven’t heard any casting on the big bads. 

The Wheel of Time is based on Robert Jordan’s fantasy series spanning 14 books. The final three books in the series were written by fantasy author Brandon Sanderson after Jordan’s passing. It is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists, but only women can use it. Meaning that in this series — women hold the keys to power. The story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the ‘Aes Sedai’ as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women. Moiraine is interested in these five because she believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual, whom prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it.

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Executive producer/showrunner Rafe Judkins adapted the novels for television Executive producers also include Larry Mondragon and Rick Selvage of Red Eagle Entertainment, Ted Field and Mike Weber of Radar Pictures, Darren LemkeMarigo Kehoe and Uta Briesewitz.  Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal and Sanderson will serve as consulting producers.


Audrey Kearns