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Wheel Of Time Episode 4 Battle Scene's Explosions Were Real

The Wheel of Time star Zoë Robins revealed that the explosions seen during the battle sequence in episode four were real. Based on the massive series of fantasy novels by author Robert Jordan (later finished by Brandon Sanderson after Jordan's passing), The Wheel of Time is widely considered to be one of the most influential fantasy series of all time. In 2018, it was announced that Amazon Studios would produce the show and release it on Amazon Prime. The first three episodes were released recently, with the fourth coming out the following Friday. The show has received mixed-to-positive reviews, with some calling it Amazon's answer to Game of Thrones

The show follows Rosamund Pike's Moiraine Sedai, a member of the Aes Sedai, which is a powerful organization of women who use magic. She meets up with four other people and takes them on a journey across the world. She believes one of her companions is the Dragon Reborn, a powerful being that can either save the world or destroy it. The show also stars Josha Stradowski, Marcus Rutherford, Barney Harris, and Madeleine Madden.

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Now, Robins has talked about the practical effects used in The Wheel of Time episode four. In a recent interview with Collider, she discusses topics like her character Nynaeve and the battle scene, as well as the excitement that comes from real stunts and effects. She also mentions how taxing action scenes can be on cast and crew, which is something not many people might think about. Check out Robins' full quote below:

"Yeah. I would say majority of those explosions were real, if not all of them. Which as an actor, only heightens our performances and helps inform our choices and our reactions to everything. Of course, that means that we're actually filming a scene with dust and explosives and that obviously took a toll on us, physically. We were just absolutely done by the end of that week, because we shot that over a good few days."

While it can certainly be dangerous for actors and the stunt crew to be near these explosions, it also adds a sense of realism to the project. Like Robins explains, it also most likely makes it easier for the performers to react to something that is actually there instead of having to imagine it happening. For a show like The Wheel of Time, it makes sense that Amazon would want to have it be as big as possible. Jordan's world he created in the novels is so big, and having the budget and resources to bring that to life is massively important.

Currently, Amazon is in production on The Wheel of Time season 2. The studio began working on the second season before the first one was even released which shows that they are banking on this show to be a massive hit. Amazon is also working on a Lord of the Rings show which is due to release in September of 2022. The LoTR show also has a second season in the works, showing Amazon's confidence in their fantasy projects that can go up against shows like Netflix's The Witcher. Audiences can get their fantasy fix by checking out The Wheel of Time and see the practical effects in action.

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Source: Collider

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