The series based on the bestselling novels Das Rad der Zeit celebrated its debut on Amazon Prime Video on November 19 – and the impression so far is that it is a complete success. “We can say with certainty that The Wheel of Time was the most-watched series premiere of the year and one of the top 5 series launches of all time on Prime Video,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, in an interview with Deadline.
Although Prime Video does not disclose exact figures, Salke has published that there were tens of millions of views in the first three days, mainly from the USA, India, Brazil, Canada, France and Germany.
But it’s not just the number of people who have seen the series that are high. The number of people who watched the first three published episodes completely to the end is also said to be impressive. Salke is optimistic that the series will be around for many years to come.
What is the wheel of time?
The series is based on a fantasy book series started by Robert Jordan and continued by Brandon Sanderson after his death in 2007. The story tells of a world in which everything goes under at some point, but then emerges again.
A character named “Dragon”, who is always reborn, is to blame for the downfall. A few experienced sorceresses want to prevent the end of the world and therefore find the current rebirth. For this they are looking for young people of the appropriate age who are eligible for reincarnation.
But before they finally find out who the new dragon is, the mountain village in which the potential dragon is supposed to be is burned down and one of the sorceresses has to accompany the young adults through the forest and protect them from danger. But we won’t reveal more of the story.
Lord of the Rings is also coming to Amazon Prime Video
In addition to the fantasy adventure The Wheel of Time, Prime Video is working on the film adaptation of the Lord of the Rings series. The first season is planned for September 2022. The series will not be a remake of the films, but rather the time before The Lord of the Rings will be dealt with. Long before our favorite hobbits set out to destroy the ring.
There is not much information available yet. Originally there was a rumor that the focus would be on Sauron’s rise and forging the rings, but now people are no longer so sure. Allegedly, Sauron shouldn’t play a role – at least not in the first seasons.
First of all, it’s supposed to be about Melkor, an even worse villain than Sauron. In addition, a dwarf kingdom with female dwarfs should play a role.
Five seasons are currently planned, the second season has already been commissioned. Amazon also reserves the right to produce further spin-offs.
Bit rate throttling
Amazon had a challenging year. Like almost every streaming company, they were influenced by the Internet throttling in the context of the corona pandemic. Since some series productions have also been postponed during the time of crisis, Amazon has mainly relied on the purchase of films to keep the service going. Various new titles were intended to attract new customers.
The throttling has now been lifted and Prime Video can be streamed at the old bit rate. With the appearance of the Wheel of Time and the prospect of the Lord of the Rings series, the company expects further success.
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