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Rafe Judkins is the showrunner of The Wheel of Time television series.

General overview[]

Judkins participated in Survivor: Guatemala in the fall of 2005, where he placed third. After Survivor, Judkins moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in screenwriting. He has since worked on shows including My Own Worst Enemy (2008), Chuck (2010-2012), and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013-2015).

On April 20, 2017, it was announced that Judkins would be writing and showrunning the television adaptation of The Wheel of Time.[1]

Judkins is dating Taylor Napier, who portrays Maksim in the series.

Online interaction with fans[]

Judkins has notably interacted positively with The Wheel of Time fans online, both on Twitter and on Instagram. Judkins started a "WoT Wednesday" trend where information was occasionally released on Wednesdays on social media, which later became the first Wednesday of the month.[2] He invites discussion and thoughts from fans about the book series, such as which characters fans would like to cut or keep,[3] fans' favorite rituals, festivals, and ceremonies from the series,[4] and thoughts on The Eye of the World prologue.[5]

Judkins occasionally invites questions about the series from fans and answers them.[6][7] When the first look at the Winespring Inn was released, Judkins volunteered to answer three questions about the inn.[8] When the first look at Tam's heron-mark sword was released, Judkins volunteered to answer ten questions.[9] When the first look at Thom's guitar was released, Judkins volunteered to answer questions about changes made in the series.[10]

When Judkins got a homophobic death threat from a fan, Judkins jokingly stated that he would make the user's favorite characters gay in the series.[11]


See more quotes, including Q&A answers, at Rafe Judkins/Quotes.

"If my job is protect the spine and the heart of what's there, sometimes that is changing things, because sometimes if you did them exactly as they were, a new audience to it wouldn't actually understand the heart of what's there because a lot of it's expressed inside someone's head or it's expressed by a character that gets a POV chapter in a way that we can't really do on television."[12]

"When the books came out they felt so blazingly fresh and different and new, so we want that same thing to be true of the show, and if you see us leaning away from certain elements in the books, often times it's because audiences have now seen them before!"[13]

"What's special about The Eye of the World is the themes of balance, of gender, and the emotional journey of these characters. As a fan of the books, I feel so lucky we get to bring this world to life."[14]




Virtual panel
JordanCon, April 2020
Judkins answered questions about concept art
The Dusty Wheel, January 2021
Amazon Panel
Comic-Con@Home, July 23, 2021
Judkins provided a trailer breakdown
October 27, 2021
Q&A with the cast and crew
JordanCon, April 2022


  • Rafe has been called "shadowrunner" instead of showrunner by the official Twitter account, which is the Aiel name for the Friends of the Dark.[15]



Writers: Michael ClarksonPaul ClarksonJustine Juel GillmerDave HillRafe JudkinsKatherine B. McKennaAmanda Kate ShumanCeline Song
Directors: Uta BriesewitzCiaran DonnellySalli Richardson WhitfieldWayne Yip
Additional: Isis Mussenden (costume designer)Maria Simons (consultant)Kelly Valentine Hendry (casting director)
Browse: Season 1 crewSeason 2 crewmusiciansall crew

External links[]


  1. Variety: ‘Wheel of Time’ TV Series Lands at Sony by Joe Otterson. April 20, 2017.
  2. Tweet by Judkins: Hey! Just wanted to let everyone know that #WoTWednesday is going to be a monthly thing now. So we can make each one count. First Wednesday of the month. Next one — I’ll do a short Wheel of Time Q&A. Rules & regulations forthcoming :) June 26, 2020.
  3. Tweet by Judkins: #WoTWednesday is here and I’m on vacation and forgot to take a picture of anything cool. So —a question — if you were to eliminate one character from the show who was in the books, who would it be and why? Or! A passionate plea for a character you’re worried will be cut. January 2, 2019.
  4. Tweet by Judkins: Today the writers’ room on Wheel of a Time took part in a Balinese water blessing in a temple in the middle of the jungle. It made us wonder what are some of your favorite rituals/festivals/ceremonies from the book series? #WoTWednesday March 27, 2020.
  5. Tweet by Judkins: @WOTonPrime is having their first Wheel of Time book club this week, for Prologue and Chapters 1+2 of The Eye of the World. I’m interested what you all think about the Prologue w/ Lews and what place you see for it in the show? May 6, 2020.
  6. Tweet by Judkins: Answering the 5 #WoTWednesday Q & A questions now about Rosamund. You’ll find the answers on the @WoTWritersRoom thread. The 5 were selected by Amazon based on “social engagement”, which is simultaneously exciting and disturbing ;) July 3, 2019.
  7. Tweet by Judkins: Hey! I’ve been super sick the last couple weeks but finally feeling better and can answer a few questions about #WheelofTime as we all live this quarantine life. I’ll do it on my Instagram story because that’s where I know how to use the question function #skilled March 22, 2020.
  8. Tweet by Rafe Judkins: To celebrate @WOTonPrime's first glimpse of the Winespring, I’ll answer the first three questions I get about it on here. Go :) September 9, 2020.
  9. Tweet by Rafe Judkins: To celebrate this first look at the Heron Mark Blade from #WOTonPrime I'll answer 10 questions in the next 30 minutes about production design on the show in general and how we're approaching it :) Just reply to this post with your question. December 2, 2020.
  10. Twitter event: Rafe Judkins answers more fan questions for The Wheel of Time. December 23, 2020. "Following the release of a first look at Thom Merrelin's guitar, the showrunner took to Instagram to discuss some of the changes being made from book-to-series."
  11. Tweets by Rafe Judkins: 1 "Got my first Wheel of Time related death threat today! And it was homophobic to boot. The internet is fun." followed by 2 "You all are very kind. I’ve dealt with them before and there’s truly only one way to respond — turn their favorite characters gay. Cause I can. This gentleman reaps what he sows — Perrin and Lan now gay for each other. Next homophobic death threat? Egwene and Daise Congar ;)". June 29, 2019.
  12. Video: JordanCONline WoT on Prime panel @ 15:27. April 18, 2020.
  13. Twitter December 2, 2020.
  14. Official Twitter The Eye of the World concept art video January 15, 2021.
  15. Official Twitter Watch the pattern continue to weave as our Shadowrunner @rafejudkins takes the virtual stage at #ComicConAtHome2021 and shares exclusive details about our upcoming series. July 8, 2021.