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Things We Saw Today: Amazon’s The Wheel of Time Gets a Teaser Trailer

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Amazon Studios dropped the first teaser trailer for their upcoming series The Wheel of Time today, giving us our first look at the big budget high fantasy saga. Based on Robert Jordan’s epic 15-book series of the same name, The Wheel of Time is Amazon’s first attempt to inspire the international fanbase that flocked to Game of Thrones. Following this series, they’ll be rolling out their other big budget high fantasy series set in the world of The Lord of the Rings.

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The description for the series reads, “Set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists and only certain women are allowed to access it, the story follows Moiraine (Gone Girl‘s Rosamund Pike), a member of the incredibly powerful all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, as she arrives in the small town of Two Rivers. There, she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women, one of whom is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn, who will either save or destroy humanity.”

The teaser gives us everything we want in a lavish fantasy series: gorgeous vistas, elaborate costumes, and prestige actors. Pike plays Moiraine Damodred, an Aes Sedai of the Blue Ajah, who travels to Emond’s Field in search of the Dragon Reborn, the champion of the Light against the Dark One.

The teaser also gives us a glimpse of the potential dragons, Rand al’Thor (Josha Stradowski), Mat Cauthon (Barney Harris), Perrin Aybara (Marcus Rutherfort), Nynaeve al’Meara (Zoë Robins), and Egwene al’Vere (Madeleine Madden). We also meet fellow Aes Sedai Siuan Sanche, played by Sophie Okonedo (Hotel Rwanda).

While the show checks all the prestige fantasy boxes, it will be interesting to see how audiences respond to another epic fantasy series. And considering Game of Thrones problematic treatment of its female characters, I’m tentatively excited to explore a fantasy world where women hold the power.

The Wheel of Time premieres November 19 on Amazon Prime.

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Here’s the teaser for the third and final (sob!) season of Dickinson:

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.