Second season of the hit fantasy series, based on Robert Jordan’s best-selling novels,
will premiere the first three episodes globally on September 1
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CULVER CITY, California—August 9, 2023—The Trollocs are here.
Prime Video is pulling back the curtain on these menacing monsters from Amazon Original series, The Wheel of Time.
These fearsome foot soldiers of the Dark One’s army were first introduced in The Eye of the World, the first novel in Robert Jordan’s best-selling Wheel of Time book series. Insatiable and bloodthirsty killing machines who exist to do the bidding of the Dark One and his key lieutenants, the Trollocs are genetically engineered super-soldiers who are a terrifying fusion of human and animal, and can take the shape of boars, bears, hawks, and other aggressive creatures.
In last week’s sneak peek of the Season Two cold open, which was based on the iconic ‘Darkfriend Social’ scene from Jordan’s second book, The Great Hunt, three vicious Trollocs were hypnotically tamed by one of the series key villains, played by actor Fares Fares.
The new behind-the-scenes featurette, “Terror of the Trollocs,” which was released today by Prime Video, features series star and co-executive producer Rosamund Pike, executive producer and showrunner Rafe Judkins, executive producer Mike Weber, executive producer and writer Justine Juel Gillmer, and makeup effects designer Nick Dudman in previously recorded interviews, as they unveil some of the meticulous artistry and technology that have birthed these brutal beasts, which are a convergence of practical prosthetics and cutting-edge visual effects. As one observation in the piece relates, the grisly Trollocs are “nightmare fuel.”
The featurette also provides a rare glimpse behind the scenes of the pulse-pounding stunts that contribute to crafting the series’ intense battle scenes with the Trollocs, offering a preview of the impending collision between light and shadow this season.
Season Two of The Wheel of Time will premiere exclusively on Prime Video, with the first three new episodes debuting on September 1. The second season was filmed in the Czech Republic, Morocco, and Italy, and stars Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, I Care a Lot) as Moiraine Damodred, Daniel Henney (Criminal Minds) as Lan Mandragoran, Josha Stradowski (Gran Turismo) as Rand al’Thor, Zoë Robins (Power Rangers Ninja Steel) as Nynaeve al'Meara, Madeleine Madden (Dora and the Lost City of Gold) as Egwene al'Vere, Marcus Rutherford (Obey) as Perrin Aybara, Dónal Finn (Rogue Heroes) as Mat Cauthon, and Ceara Coveney (Young Wallander) as Elayne Trakand.
About The Wheel of Time
The Wheel of Time is based on Robert Jordan’s best-selling novels, which are among the most popular and enduring fantasy book series of all time, with over 90 million copies sold. In the Amazon Original series The Wheel of Time, Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski, Gran Turismo) learns he is The Dragon Reborn—a dangerous figure from history destined to save the world … or break it. Desperate to protect him from the Dark One, an army of powerful women must reckon with his burgeoning power and encroaching madness. The Wheel of Time turns, and the Last Battle approaches. Though Rand thought he destroyed the Dark One, evil is not gone from the world. In Season Two, threats new and very old seek out the young friends from the Two Rivers, now scattered over the world. The woman who found and guided them is now powerless to help, and so they must find other sources of strength. In each other, or themselves. In the Light ... or the Dark.
The Wheel of Time was adapted for television by executive producer and showrunner Rafe Judkins (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Hemlock Grove). Larry Mondragon and Rick Selvage of iwot productions (Winter Dragon), Ted Field of Radar Pictures (Jumanji: The Next Level, Winter Dragon), Mike Weber (Jumanji: The Next Level, Beirut), Darren Lemke (Shazam!, Goosebumps, Winter Dragon), Marigo Kehoe (Outlander, The Crown), Justine Juel Gillmer (The Survivor, Halo), Sanaa Hamri (Empire, Lovestruck), and Amanda Kate Shuman (The Blacklist) also serve as executive producers. Rosamund Pike also serves as co-executive producer, and Harriet McDougal, Brandon Sanderson, and Lauren Selig are consulting producers. The Wheel of Time is co-produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television.
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