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Zoë Robins and Madeleine Madden: The Wheel of Time Interview

Zoë Robins and Madeleine Madden star as Nynaeve al'Meara and Egwene al'Vere in Prime Video's The Wheel of Time show. The pair are two of the Emond's Field Five and will leave the village located in the Two Rivers to become members of the Aes Sedai, channelers of the One Power. Nynaeve and Egwene's relationship is central to the novels and will be a key component of the upcoming series.

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Screen Rant sat down with Robins and Madden to discuss the highly-anticipated series, including Egwene and Nynaeve's unique relationship, Nynaeve's big action scene in episode 1, and more.

Screen Rant: Zoe, Nynaeve gets one of the biggest changes from the books in the first episode - she gets pulled off by the trollocs and you get that big confrontation. What was it like filming that scene?

Zoë Robins: Originally, the trollocs were people in these amazing suits that the crew has done an incredible job on. I think in the edit we changed it a bit and we had some VFX help as well. But on the day I was with someone, fighting them at three o'clock in the morning and in a forest. So it was very practical. And you know what, I actually really loved doing those actions sequences. So it was a lot of fun, a lot of blood, a lot of sweat, tears. It was amazing.

Egwene gets some changes from the book as well. The characters are older than they are in the books and Egwene comes off as much more mature. Was there any particular inspiration you looked to for the character? How much did you draw from the books? 

Madeleine Madden: Well, I think what is so incredible about this series is even though The Wheel of Time is this epic, fantastical world, the characters are very real people. So I think that is something that really makes The Wheel of Time stand alone in this genre. I think, particularly for this, I definitely just focused on Egwene herself. And you know, we have the novels, those amazing resources, at our fingertips.

And you know, Rafe [Judkins, The Wheel of Time showrunner], he's a huge fan of the series. So he was able to really flesh her out as a character. All I had to do was just connect with her. And, you know, just think about in adaption she's 20 or 22. So, really, what would a 20 or 22-year-old woman be feeling and thinking in these really extreme situations? I think the beauty is really in the writing and all I had to do was just immerse myself in the role.

Nynaeve and Egwene have such a strong dynamic in the books. Is there anything you can tease about their relationship that we'll see later on in the season?

Madeleine Madden: I will say, I think Zoë and I - when we first met - we just instantly connected. We didn't even have an audition together. I think on the second day we met each other people have been like, "How many years have you guys been friends?" "We met on Wednesday." [laughs]

I think in the series there's this real mentorship between the two women, but in our adaptation, there is obviously the mentor. But there's also a sisterly bond. And I think that also really comes from our connection as Zoë and Maddie. And I think that really translates on screen. That's the feedback that we've had from people who have seen that episode. So I think fans and audiences will be pleasantly surprised by this.

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The Wheel of Time premieres on Prime Video on November 19.

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