Wheel of Time season 2 is finally bringing out its coolest characters

The world in Prime Videos The wheel of time series is lush and vibrant. Based on the novels by Robert Jordan, the World of the Wheel is full of bright colors, beautiful scenery and acrobatic action. The universe draws from all kinds of religions and cultures to create a whole new kind of fantasy world. Nowhere is that more apparent than in the Prime Video season 2 trailer released on Wednesday, and nowhere in there is it more fun than the brief glimpses we get of some of the main antagonists for the second season.

Amid the glimpses of Moiraine (Rosamund Pike) and Rand (Josha Stradowski) struggling to make sense of their battle against the Dark One at the end of Season 1, we catch a glimpse of the Seanchan (who unfortunately also joins the Dark One). being one). A).

[Gossip Girl voice] Spotted: Seanchan’s monarch walks with the Dark One. Uh oh, ta’veran team!
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First seen at the end of Season 1 – when they created a massive tidal wave on the continent’s “far western shore” – the Seanchan are part of The big hunt, the Jordan book that Season 2 is co-based on. They have returned to reconquer the continent their ancestors came from, having collected resources for years leading up to what they call “the Return.” That means they come armed and ready, including with enslaved channelers like the one at the end of Season 1.

Simply put, in Season 2, the Seanchan are the toppers to watch. Their drop, as you can see even in the brief glimpses of the trailer, is flawless. Their monarch sits atop a horned pyramid. So much fantasy on TV looks the same now, but the Seanchan – with their flashy gold and their still, imposing air – feel totally fresh.

When it’s time to go crazy or shut up, the Seanchan aren’t here to play. They are ruthless warriors and have been known to kidnap Aes Sedai and use them as more controlled channelers. Part of their army is called the “Deathwatch Guards” which is just a bad cool name. They are a force to be reckoned with, one that plays by very different rules than our intrepid heroes, ultimately forcing each of them to rethink their defenses. Especially since the only line we get from them comes from a Seanchan advisor, who simply says, “The whole world will be ours.”

Of course, they’re just part of the challenges Rand and his fellow ta’veran candidates face. Vernon Sanders, Amazon Studios Head of Global TV, told TV Line in December 2021 that he expects season 2 to be “bigger, bolder and more expansive Wheel of Time.” And with Season 3 already green-lit, it looks like the Seanchan have been cleared to cause quite a stir.

The wheel of time Season 2 premieres on Prime Video on September 1.