Two years ago on October 17, Amazon Prime Video’s epic fantasy series, The Wheel of Time, began principal photography. The series is based on the much-loved book series by Robert Jordan. According to showrunner Rafe Judkins, the date unintentionally coincided with the late Jordan’s birthday. 

Two years later, fans of The Wheel of Time book series are champing at the bit trying to make it to the November 19th premiere date. The marketing campaign is one of the best I’ve seen and has paid tribute to the profound love that fans have for the book series. 

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Today, for Jordan’s 73rd birthday, The Wheel of Time’s Twitter account released a video to celebrate the day. The footage shows Jordan’s widow, Harriet McDougal addressing the series’ crew two years ago on the first day of shooting. It also features actors Madeleine Madden (Egwene Al’Vere), Daniel Henney (Lan), Josha Stradowski (Rand) and Zoe Robin paying tribute to Jordan. 

The video is truly heartfelt. These books have impacted fans young and old and the enormity is not lost on those who worked on the show. Check out the tribute below along with Amazon’s descriptive text. 

DESCRIPTIVE TEXT: The video fades in and we see Harriet McDougal on the set of Wheel of Time when it first started filming, pre-Covid. At the bottom, it reads “Harriet McDougal, Book Editor and Widow of Robert Jordan”. A center screen caption reads “On Set – Fall Two-Thousand Nineteen” as Harriet addresses the crew in a catering tent. Following her speech, she receives applause from the cast and crew. Fade to several members of the cast against a dark gray screen. In the order that they speak it says: “Madeleine Madden, Egwene”, “Daniel Henney, Lan”, “Josha Stradowski, Rand”, and “Zoë Robins, Nynaeve”. All speak directly to camera. Cut to a photo of Robert Jordan. In a circle around his image is a metallic snake biting its own tail. Underneath is a caption that says, “Happy Birthday Robert Jordan.”

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.

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.

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Audrey Kearns