If you want to learn more about Amazon’s The Wheel of Time lore and mythology you are in luck. Each episode of the series is accompanied by a bonus animated feature most fans haven’t picked up on.
As someone who hasn’t read the books, I’ve found keeping up with the lore and intricate politics and factions to be a bit of a head-scratcher. For example, we are four episodes in and I finally understand what the wheel of time is meant to represent. Thankfully, Amazon Studios decided to provide fans with more in-depth explainers in the form of Wheel of Time Origin Stories.
When something is mentioned in the show that is could benefit from a deeper explanation the animated series will break it down for those of us who need it.
To view each Origin Stories episode, you’ll need to pause The Wheel of Time on your TV, iPad or computer browser and then click on “Bonus Content.” That will bring you to the “X-Ray” section that contains a map of the world, behind-the-scenes videos, and Origin Stories. New episodes will presumably be released every week with every new The Wheel of Time episode. While the Origin Stories shorts aren’t required viewing, they do help explain more of the lore of the show and provide some extra content and background to help keep fans informed. I’m grateful to Comicbook for pointing this out.
The first episode’s Origin Stories chapter covers the Breaking of the World, a cataclysm that caused the men of the world to go mad if they used magic. The second episode’s story covers the Fall of Manetherin, a city-state that once stood in the Two Rivers region, the third episode covers The Great Warder and the fourth is titled Saidin, Saidar, Stone talks about the magic system in the series.
Amazon also offers other bonus content that includes behind the scenes with the cast and crew.
Discussion of the show on social media continues to be a minefield of spoilers from book readers. Watching the extended weekly features will definitely go a long way to helping fans to get a deeper meaning of the series without having questions answered that you never asked.