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  • Ashcan Copy: On February 9th, 2015 (at 1:30 AM!), Winter Dragon, a 30-minute adaptation of the introductory chapter of The Eye Of The World appeared on FXX. What keeps it from being just another One-Episode Wonder are the circumstances of its production. According to the director's tweets, filming began on January 20th and post-production was completed on February 4th. The TV rights to the Wheel of Time series were set to revert from Red Eagle Entertainment (who has held them since 2004) to The Bandersnatch Group (which is owned by the Robert Jordan estate) on February 11th. Needless to say, Jordan's widow was not pleased. Lawsuits went flying and after being resolved, Harriet has announced that a television adaptation is in the works.
  • Author Existence Failure: Robert Jordan died after book 11, and Brandon Sanderson took up the mantle afterwards.
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    • Darrell Sweet, who produced the cover art for the US editions, passed away before completing the artwork for A Memory of Light. Michael Whelan was hired to create the final cover but chose to start the cover from scratch rather than try to finish Sweet's design.
  • Fan Nickname: "Randland" for the main continent in the series (which Word of God never named before his passing but is referred to by The Guide as "The Westlands"), and "Taimandred" for the popular theory that Taim is Demandred (eventually Jossed).
    • Crossroads of Twilight is often called "Characters Show Up", since that's pretty much all that happens all book.
    • "Finnland" for the land of the Aelfinn and Eelfinn, which didn't have a canon name for years until Towers of Midnight gave us "Sindhol".
  • I Knew It!: THIS fanfic. It was written in the early 2000s, and got Asmodean's murderer right, down to the little details. Brandon Sanderson mentioned that it was in the notes on the end of the series, with one phrase handwritten on it: THIS IS RIGHT. It's the one RJ kept referring to when he said that someone on the internet has it right.
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  • Jossed: The theory (with plenty of arguments) that Demandred is masquerading as Taim ("Taimandred"). Even the two pieces of evidence in Winter's Heart that contradicted this were not wholly believed until Jordan finally settled the matter personally.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Brandon Sanderson, who got to complete the series.
  • Shrug of God: Jordan's stock answer to many things was 'RAFO' - Read And Find Out (Brandon Sanderson inherited both the habit and the phrase after concluding the series). Also the official stance toward the conclusion of the series—Word of God is firm that anything that happens after the final page is strictly up to the reader.
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  • What Could Have Been:
    • Originally, there was going to be a fourth Two Rivers boy in addition to Rand, Mat, and Perrin. The character ended up being largely peripheral, and Jordan's wife eventually convinced him to drop him.
      • This is actually referenced in-story when the young man in question, Dannil, muses to Tam early on in the Battle of Merrilor what would have happened if he'd gone with the three main heroes when Moiraine took them out of the Two Rivers.
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    • Robert Jordan initially planned to write at least two more prequels (one about Tam, and a second about Moiraine and Lan), as well as a sequel trilogy following Mat and Perrin several years down the line (collectively, fans tend to refer to these as "the outriggers"). Unfortunately, Author Existence Failure hit before Jordan produced much material on any of them, and it looks like they'll probably never get written at this point as neither Harriet nor Sanderson was comfortable working with such scanty material.
    • There was originally going to be a subplot in Memory of Light revolving around the Sharan leader Bao the Wyld better known as Demandred. Unfortunately, it threw off the pacing and forced Sanderson to do a lot more worldbuilding than normal, since Jordan hadn't left a lot of material on Shara. It got cut from the book, but ended up seeing the light of day as the short piece River of Souls in the Unfettered anthology.
    • It was eventually revealed that the original plans for Lord of Chaos actually did have the infamous "Taimandred" theory be true. When, exactly, Jordan decided to change it isn't clear, though he definitely did by Winter's Heart which explicitly contradicts itnote .
  • The Wiki Rule: The Wheel of Time Wiki.
  • Word of God: Robert Jordan, occasionally putting long arguments to rest... when he didn't point the finger at RAFO. See Jossed.

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