The Wheel of Time is Prime Video’s highly popular fantasy series based on the namesake novels by Robert Jordan. In the Wheel of Time season 2, the series is off to a great start despite a mysterious recast of one of the main characters, Mat Cauthon ( with Dònal Finn replacing Barney Harris). Amazon has released the first three episodes of season 2 in one go, with subsequent ones premiering weekly.
Where to watch The Wheel of Time season 2 in the UAE?
The Wheel of Time season 2 is now streaming on Prime Video in the Middle East. Amazon Prime Video is included in your Amazon Prime membership, costing AED 16 per month or AED 140 per year. Besides the streaming service, you will also get free deliveries and access to Prime Gaming- click here for a free 30-day trial.
The Wheel of Time Season 2 Review
+ Rosamund Pike
+ Excellent acting
– Unexplained cast member change
– Too large a cast makes it confusing to follow
We start the season with an intriguing scene where the charismatic Dark One, whom Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) and Rand (Josha Stradowski) faced at the Eye of the Earth in the last season’s finale, helps a little girl befriend a Trolloc. The man is after the Dragon Reborn, who’s been in hiding and still hopes for the boy to switch to the dark side.
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Five months have passed since the events in season one, and Moiraine is hiding out in an Inn with her Warder Lan (Daniel Henney). Still reeling after the Dark One cut her off from the One Power, she’s cold and distant towards Lan, much to his dismay. She’s also keeping busy by secretly investigating what that confrontation at the Eye of the World meant.
Nynaeve and Egwene have spent the past five months at the White Tower as novices. Both women are struggling to channel after nearly dying in the battle of Fal Dara. The preferential treatment Nynaeve gets from the Aes Sedai due to her immense strength threatens their friendship. The cunning Liandrin (played by Kate Fleetwood) is particularly keen to get Nynaeve under her mentorship.
At the end of season one, the Dragon Reborn Rand went into hiding. He’s now living in Cairhien, in a friends-with-benefits relationship with his landlady Selene (Natasha O’Keeffe), and working at the Sanatorium. But we soon learn Rand has ulterior motives to seek that type of employment.
Perrin (Marcus Rutherford) and Loial (Hammed Animashaun), who somehow survived Padan Fain’s attack, are trying to track down the Horn of Valere with the Shienarans. The group is joined by Elyas (Gary Beadle), a specialized tracker whose eyes also turn yellow like Perrin’s.
When we last saw Mat, he looked like Barney Harris and abandoned his friends on their journey to the Eye of the World. Now, we know that he didn’t make it far; Dònal Finn now portrays him and has spent the past few months as Liaindrin’s prisoner in the White Tower.
An excellent start to the season
The show’s biggest strength lies in its intricate world-building. Season two does a great job of expanding the world these characters inhabit while not taking away from the main story. The cinematography and convincing special effects turn The Wheel of Time into a fully immersive viewing experience.
Season one was a great piece of high fantasy, but season two raises the stakes while giving each lead time to develop as individuals. Rosamund Pike does a great job at showing a now-vulnerable Moiraine who is still desperately trying to hide her condition from the world.
Zoë Robins stands out this season in her portrayal of Nynaeve al’Meara, especially as her character arc goes from engaging to gutwrenching. I wouldn’t be surprised if she got an Emmy for her performance this season.
The rest of the cast also do a very convincing job with their respective characters. However, having such a large cast can make the series seem confusing. This isn’t the type of show you can half-watch while scrolling social media.
Overall, the first few episodes of season two promise an epic piece of entertainment. The stakes are higher, the series looks great, and the performances are on point. It’s well worth tuning in each week.
What are the other critics saying about The Wheel of Time season 2?
Nae’Blis enjoyed the first three episodes of season two and felt it was a vast improvement from the first due to the world-building and the multiple locations the characters find themselves in.
Unravelling the Pattern enjoyed the episodes he’s seen so far. And while the show isn’t an accurate book adaptation from the books, he felt like the pacing, acting, and writing in season two were superior to season one.