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Chapter 23: Wolfbrother
Remember, there are more than a dozen books left. They're going to keep adding new characters for most of them. Part of the reason for the infamous plot-goes-out-of-control is the fact that there's just so gosh-darn MANY threads to the Pattern.
Yeah, there's definitely quite a few characters of note introduced throughout the series. I place vague counts of "above 50". (I'd tried counting, but got to 40 within the first 4 books, then lost track of a few characters after that)
To some degree I can't even blame Jordan for hi "Every character has the same personality" syndrome: With that many it makes sense he has to repeat himself after a while.
According to the Loads And Loads Of Characters page, there's over 2,000 named characters. So I can only imagine this kind of thing explodes in later books, Harry Turtledove style.
"Named characters" is different from "important characters", so you won't have to worry too much. I'd take a guess at the final number for "important characters" being somewhere between 75-100. ...Which I suppose is still quite a few. Good thing then that many of these will be dead by the end, or of no importance by then.
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