So we already have news of a main character being recast for season 2 of the show. Mat, no less.
Aside from the big “describe what’s happening in this series, wrong answers only” energy of the article’s description of the books (“The Wheel of Time, which was renewed for Season 2 in May ahead of its series premiere, is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists and only certain women are allowed to access it”, really?), this story doesn’t fill me with confidence. And I was by no means full of confidence, for all that the trailer gave me a big boost of optimism.
So, what this means is, they already need to replace a crucial character because of whatever-the-fuck reason, and from season 2 onwards we all need to get used to Mat being a whole different guy. And we know this already two months before the show even starts.
I remember when Daario was recast in Game of Thrones, but it wasn’t a big deal because nobody knew who he was meant to be anyway. Apparently the Mountain was recast a couple of times, and I didn’t notice that myself. But this is going to hit different.
I find myself hoping they work it into the story. Maybe Mat can vanish into the redstone ter’angreal at the end of the series, in Rhuidean, and emerge in a new body or something? And everyone, on-screen and on-couch, can be confused about it at the same time.
I don’t know. I want to just wave this off, and I am still trying not to get too enthusiastic about this, but it’s not easy with a second-generation megafan in the house. Oh well, Wump was kind of underwhelmed by the original casting anyway, so at least she’ll be happy. Maybe.
That’s it. That’s the news.