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.
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. He invites discussion and thoughts from fans about the book series, such as which characters fans would like to cut or keep, fans' favorite rituals, festivals, and ceremonies from the series, and thoughts on The Eye of the World prologue.
Judkins occasionally invites questions about the series from fans and answers them. When the first look at the Winespring Inn was released, Judkins volunteered to answer three questions about the inn. When the first look at Tam's heron-mark sword was released, Judkins volunteered to answer ten questions. When the first look at Thom's guitar was released, Judkins volunteered to answer questions about changes made in the series.
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.
"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."
"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!"
"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."
Comic Con 2021 promo image
Comic Con 2021 promo image
JordanCONline WoT on Prime panel
Judkins joined a virtual panel for JordanCon, April 2020
NEW- Rafe's Surprise Wheel of Time TV Show Live Chat Q&A at The Dusty Wheel!
Judkins answered some questions about the concept art, January 2021
Amazon Panel - Comic-Con@Home 2021
July 23, 2021
Rafe has been called "shadowrunner" instead of showrunner by the official Twitter account, which is the Aiel name for Darkfriends.
↑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.