Ravi Judkins, the show’s bassist, said Amazon’s epic “Wheel of Time” fantasy is being announced as the upcoming “Game of Thrones,” but there’s an important difference.
“One of the things I’ve always maintained, which I think is very liberating in some way, is that ‘The Wheel of Time’ predates ‘Game of Thrones,'” Judkins, 38, told The Post.
“Books have been written before, and a lot of George R.R. Martin’s inspiration came from ‘The Wheel of Time.’ So, we don’t have to chase Game of Thrones. I think when you’re in a situation where you’re chasing something, the product can sometimes be compromised. “.
Its first three episodes are now airing (with additional episodes on Fridays) and based on a 14-book series first published in 1990, “The Wheel of Time” follows Moiraine (Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”), a member of the group Powerful – The Organization of Female Magic arrives in the village and, with the help of Warrior Lan (Daniel Heaney), sets off on a journey with a handful of young men and women, including Rand Bull (Josha Stradowski), Egwen Alfieri (Madeleine Madden), Beren Ibarra (Marcus Rutherford) and Matt Cawthon (Barney Harris). Someone predicted that he would be the Dragon Reborn, a situation that would save or end the world.
“The only thing that was important to us was trying to find ways to bring in new audiences who didn’t know the books,” Judkins said. “So, making the dragon reborn [identity] The mystery gives you a reason to get to know our main characters. It helps us give new audiences something straight and clear to hold on to in making this change to the show.”
Judkins (“Agents of SHIELD”) grew up reading novels with his mother, and although he asserted that “Wheel of Time” was a unique world, he turned to “Game of Thrones” and “Lord of the Rings” in order to say Help.
“There have been very few shows in the history of television on the scale of what we make it out to be, and Game of Thrones is clearly a huge reference,” he said. “We’d be stupid if we didn’t talk to as many people as we could. So, I went and spent some time on the set of Thrones. It was just about seeing the way they build and move around different sets. Those things are more useful than [referring to] A particular scene, it’s really important that you understand how holistically you put on a show like that.
“The book series itself is kind of a pillar connecting ‘Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Game of Thrones,’ so we’ve also been inspired by a lot of how The Lord of the Rings deals with things — not just from a production perspective, but also storytelling. and the way they built their landscapes.”
Judkins is also a former contestant on “Survivor” (season 11, in 2005) which he said also helped give him a backdrop to the controversy over a sprawling fantasy adaptation.
“I’ve kind of experienced the worst that can be thrown at you in a Guatemalan jungle with only clothes on my back for a month. So, when things get really tough — and it’s always done in production on TV shows — I have a very strong sense that I’ll be able to get through it.”
“Wheel of Time” has already been renewed for season 2. Judkins doesn’t anticipate having one season per book, because filming 14 seasons would put the younger actors “in their forties” at last. However, he expects to see the story through to the end, which is a huge departure from the famously controversial ending of “Game of Thrones.”
He said, “One of the things that makes ‘Wheel of Time’ so special is that the book series is known for its great ending, and not all book series are famous for that.”
“So right from the start, the thing I’m targeting the most is our ability to make it into this series, if we’re lucky enough to get there. There are five specific moments from the last book. I don’t want to spoil it, but there’s an amazing climax to these characters and that’s the kind of thing that I haven’t happen before.”