The Wheel of Time Season 2 Reveals Characters Wrestling with Fate

It’s not just the Dragon Reborn who must contend with destiny in The Wheel of Time season 2; his friends also have their parts to play.

Perrin holding a shield with wolf eyes in The Wheel of Time
Photo: Jan Thijs / Prime Video

Note: These interviews took place before the SAG-AFTRA strike began on July 14.

The dangers of the quest unfolding in The Wheel of Time aren’t just about defeating the Dark One; there’s also the question of whether the Dragon Reborn will be a champion for good or evil. Similarly, the others in Rand Al’Thor’s life must choose their path or have it chosen for them. Several of those who portray these other destiny-driven characters on the show spoke with us about the fate that steers their lives in season 2.

Perhaps few characters felt the battle between good and evil within themselves more than Mat Cauthon, portrayed in season 2 by Dónal Finn. Having been corrupted by the tainted dagger he acquired in Shadar Logoth, Mat now has some decisions to make during his recovery. “He has to turn inward and get reflective and be introspective about the behaviors and the choices that he made in season 1 and what’s brought him here. I think that kind of fuels a sense of redemption for him,” says Finn, who inherited the role from Barney Harris.

Finn understands that his character is struggling with the same question that many of his peers are dealing with; specifically, how much control do they really have? “That’s something that’s motivating him throughout the season: questioning what his role is and what kind of person he wants to be,” he says. “Because such a big factor of The Wheel of Time is the idea of destiny and predetermination and if we have a say in where we end up.”


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