‘The Wheel of Time’ season 2 now shooting in Prague through February 2022

Filming for the first season of The Wheel of Time in Prague only just wrapped in June, but the series has already been greenlit for a second season, which began shooting at the end of July. Production on the second season of The Wheel of Time in the Czech Republic will run through February 2022.

A long-awaited adaptation of Robert Jordan’s long-running series of fantasy novels, The Wheel of Time has been shooting in Prague since 2019, with production interrupted for nearly a year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Filming resumed earlier this year to finish scenes for the first season.

Alongside Carnival Row, which is also shooting its second season in Prague this summer, The Wheel of Time is one of the largest and most extensive foreign productions to ever shoot in the Czech Republic. Both series are produced by Amazon Studios.

Unlike the recent shoot for The Gray Man and other major foreign productions, filming for The Wheel of Time in Prague has been especially secretive, with local agencies involved in filming asked not to disclose even the name of the production they are working for.

While Carnival Row has primarily filmed at Barrandov Studios in Prague, production on The Wheel of Time has been so extensive – and secretive – that Amazon has built the show its very own film studio in Prague’s Letňany district. A 32,000 square meter truck factory has been converted into Jordan Studios, named after the author, for production on The Wheel of Time in Prague.

Many have tapped the new series as the epic fantasy successor to HBO’s Game of Thrones. Like the HBO series, The Wheel of Time also shot a small number of scenes in Dubrovnik, Croatia for its first season in addition to the Czech locations.

The Wheel of Time stars Rosamund Pike as Moiraine, a member of a group of magic users who takes five young people around the world, believing one of them might be the reincarnation of a powerful individual prophesied to save the world.

The extensive cast for The Wheel of Time also features Daniel Henney as al’Lan Mandragoran, Josha Stradowski as Rand al’Thor, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara, Zoë Robins as Nynaeve al’Meara, Barney Harris as Mat Cauthon, and Madeleine Madden as Egwene al’Vere.

Pike and her family – along with much of the rest of the foreign cast and crew on The Wheel of Time, have been living in Prague since filming on the series began in 2019. Pike even accepted her Golden Globe win for I Care a Lot from the Czech capital.

The cast and crew might want to settle down in the Czech Republic: according to Wheel of Time showrunner Rafe Judkins, a total of eight seasons have already been planned out, meaning the series could be shooting in Prague for much of the next decade.

A trilogy of films that serve as prequels to the series have also been announced, but it is not yet known whether these will also shoot in the Czech Republic.

According to Judkins, the first season of The Wheel of Time will premiere on Amazon Prime later this year.


Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky

Jason Pirodsky has been writing about the Prague film scene and reviewing films in print and online media since 2005. A member of the Online Film Critics Society, you can also catch his musings on life in Prague at expats.cz and tips on mindfulness sourced from ancient principles at MaArtial.com.

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