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Wheel of Time Hasn’t Started Yet, But a Character Has Been Recast for Season 2

Amazon’s Wheel of Time has recast one of its lead roles for the show’s second season.

According to Deadline, Barney Harris, who is portraying Mat Cauthon in the first season of The Wheel of Time, will not be returning to his role for the show’s second season. The reasons for Harris’ departure are presently unclear, though a replacement is already being lined up, with The Witcher actor Dónal Finn reportedly tapped to take over the role.

Cauthon is one of five young heroes who will be travelling with Rosamund Pike’s Moiraine on a “dangerous, world-spanning journey” in season one, which is set to premiere on Amazon Prime Video this November. He’ll be joined by Egwene Al’Vere (Madeleine Madden), Perrin Aybara (Marcus Rutherford), Nynaeve (Zoë Robins), and Rand Al’Thor (Josha Stradowski).

Although the first season hasn’t premiered yet, Amazon ordered a second season of The Wheel of Time earlier this year. The early season renewal coincided with the first season wrapping production. Both seasons, co-produced by Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television, will be available to stream in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

The first three episodes of the upcoming series, which is based on Robert Jordan’s much-loved fantasy novels, will arrive on Amazon Prime Video on November 19, with a new episode dropping every Friday from thereon in, leading right the way up to the season finale on December 24. The first season has eight episodes in total, the same as the second season.

Amazon’s The Wheel of Time follows a character called Moiraine, a member of the Aes Sedai, a powerful all-female organization of magic users, as she takes a group of five young people on a journey around the world, believing one of the five might be the reincarnation of the Dragon, a powerful individual prophesied to save the world or destroy it.

Want to know more? Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about The Wheel of Time.

Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.

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