'Wheel Of Time' Season 2 could introduce multiple love interests for Rand
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: There is a lot to be explored in the fantasy show 'The Wheel of Time', particularly the famous love interests of Rand al'Thor in the upcoming original season. As this Amazon Prime series is based on the book series of the same name by Robert Jordan with Brandon Sanderson. So there is a lot of existing material the show could draw from, even though, till now, the TV series has deviated quite a bit from its source books.
Season 1 of Amazon Prime's 'The Wheel of Time' stars Rosamund Pike as Moiraine Damodred, Daniel Henney as Lan Mandragoran, Madeleine Madden as Egwene Al'Vere, Zoe Robins as Nynaeve al'Meara, Josha Stradowski as Rand al'Thor, Marcus Rutherford as Perrin Aybara and Barney HarrisMat Cauthon. Season 2 has already been confirmed but Alexandre Willaume will not be returning for his role as Thom Merrilin. Before the second season drops, let us take a look at all romantic partners of Rand both in the book and in the series.
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Rand as a pretty active love life in the books
In the 'Wheel of Time' book series, Rand had a total of five romantic partners overall, with two short-term love interests and three long-term romantic relationships. The three real relationships that Rand has in the books are with the women Min Farshaw, Elayne Trakand and Aviendha respectively. And it is to be noted that Ceara Coveney has been cast as Elayne and Ayoola Smart has been cast as Aviendha for the upcoming season, confirming that at least two long-term love interests of Rand will appear in the upcoming season. But that's not it. The series also has to deal with another significant character — Selene a.k.a Lanfear. Lanfear is a powerful woman who persuades Rand that he is the dragon reborn, disguised as Selene. She does this because she believes Rand is the reincarnation of her former lover. The introduction of Lanfear has already been teased in the season 2 sneak peek.
Rand's many 'entanglements'
So far, on the show, even though two of Rand's love interests, Egwene Al'Vere and Min, have appeared, only the bond between Egwene and Rand has been explored. Rand had promised to marry Egwayne. But that is not the case with Min. In the second book we have Rand slowly getting over his infatuation with Egwene and instead getting closer to Selene. Rand started his relationship with Elayne at the beginning of the fourth book.
It is best if the upcoming season properly wraps up the ongoing love interest between Rand and Egwayne before mixing Elayne and Aviendha into the plotline in order to avoid multiple love 'entanglements' at the same time. But it would be good to see solid back stories for Elayne and Aviendha before they meet Rand so that they are characters who are intrinsic to the plot rather than serving as just the "hero's chicks". We'll have to wait and see if the multiple love stories of Rand will be set up in the upcoming season or if the show will deviate from the source material again.
Season 1 of 'Wheel of Time' is available to stream exclusively on Prime Video.