You may recognize McElhatton from many shows and most recently the evil, backstabbing wedding planner, Lord Roose Bolton on Game of Thrones. The characters Tam Al’Thor and Roose Bolton are night and day. It will be exciting to see the talented actor switch gears to play Tam al’Thor. Wheel of Time showrunner Rafe Judkins commented on the casting on twitter.
My first instinct was to avoid using actors from Game of Thrones, but the truth is Michael McElhatton was just too damn good. And if we’re gonna do it, we might as well take the man responsible for the Red Wedding and turn him into the father we all wish we had. #wheeloftime https://t.co/bkRDr0CTUJ— Rafe Judkins (@rafejudkins) November 6, 2019
As mentioned above, Tam is Rand’s father and a farmer. He’s a Two Rivers man who left the Emond’s Field when he was young searching for adventure. He found it. He came back to the Emond’s Field with a wife and son. He wife passed shortly after and he raised Rand on his own. He taught Rand about ‘The Void’, a meditative state which can help you concentrate harder. This helps Rand on his journey. I won’t say too much more about Tam because, you know, spoilers but what happened in his youth is very important to The Wheel of Time.
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.
So far we know of only the following castmembers: Barney Harris (Mat Cauthon), Madeleine Madden (Egwene Al’Vere), Zoe Robin (Nyneave) Marcus Rutherford (Perrin Aybarra), Rosamund Pike (Moirane), Josha Stradowski (Rand) and Daniel Henney (Lan).
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 Lemke, Marigo Kehoe and Uta Briesewitz. Jordan’s widow Harriet McDougal and Sanderson will serve as consulting producers.
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