WATCH: The Wheel of Time series looks to beat Lord of the Rings to the punch 3 months ago

WATCH: The Wheel of Time series looks to beat Lord of the Rings to the punch

Why have one Game of Thrones successor when you can have two?

It's no major secret that the big boss at Amazon has wanted a show to rival Game of Thrones for some time now.


Though the bloody saga of Westeros and beyond has ended – in wildly disappointing fashion, lest we forget – Amazon is still very much sticking to its small-screen epic fantasy vision.

The main headline-grabber in this regard has been the colossal production of a forthcoming Lord of the Rings television series. Season one alone has reportedly cost an eye-watering $465 million dollars to produce, officially making it the most expensive season of television ever.

For context, the final season of Game of Thrones cost around $90 million to put together. There's still another full year to go before that Lord of the Rings show arrives but the hype – and the balance sheet – is very real.

In the more immediate future, how does an adaptation of Robert Jordan's – and later Brandon Sanderson's – long-running book series The Wheel of Time grab you?

The best-selling books in question ran from 1990 to 2013. Attempting to sum it all up here and now would be... long and maybe impossible. But trust me, if you're into the likes of the aforementioned Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings, there's a strong chance you'll be right at home here.

The Wheel of Time arrives on Amazon Prime Video on 19 November and stars Rosamund Pike as Moiraine; a member of the powerful, all-female Aes Sedai. Having landed in the small town of Two Rivers, Moiraine undertakes a world-spanning journey alongside a band of companions, one of whom may be 'the Dragon Reborn', who will either save or destroy the world.

And if that's not enough of a 'That sounds a lot like Game of Thrones' for you, The Wheel of Time also stars Michael McElhatton who played the infamously ruthless Roose Bolton. Remember the Red Wedding? Yeah, him.


All of which is to say that the trailer is below and it looks the part. Enjoy.

Clip via Amazon Prime Video