The Wheel Of Time - Season 1
This first season mostly draws from the first book in the series, The Eye of the World. However, showrunner Rafe Judkins confirmed that this first season will also be covering elements of the second and third books, The Great Hunt and The Dragon Reborn.
The Wheel of Time - Season 1
We meet mysterious gleeman Thom Merrilin (Alexandre Willaume) in The Wheel of Time's third episode, "A Place of Safety." Jordan introduces Thom much earlier on in The Eye of the World. He arrives in the Two Rivers as entertainment for the Bel Tine festival and accompanies the group when they leave after the attack. He also advises Rand, Mat, and Perrin to hide their mysterious dreams from Moiraine. When the group splits up in Shadar Logoth, he escapes with Rand and Mat. So, introducing him now still means we could see how this trio interacts with each other. It also means that we had one less character to worry about remembering in the early episodes. Now that we're more familiar with our seven leads, we can devote some time to getting to know the supporting cast.
Wolves follow Perrin and Egwene after Shadar Logoth, chasing them all the way until they come across the nomadic Tuatha'an people. While this meeting occurs in The Eye of the World, it comes after Perrin and Egwene spend time with a character named Elyas. Elyas is a wolfbrother who teaches Perrin about his own connection with wolves. The Wheel of Time is clearly foreshadowing Perrin's own wolfbrother storyline. But since casting for Elyas has not been confirmed yet, it looks like he will not be a part of it.
Just like with the group's quick stay in Baerlon, Rand, Mat, and Thom's time in Whitebridge (and their prior journey with sailors on the Spray) is cut from The Wheel of Time. Although we miss out on seeing the town's very cool namesake White Bridge, the loss of this stage in the journey doesn't change much story-wise. That's because The Wheel of Time still includes one of the most important Whitebridge events. The only thing that changes is the context.
While The Wheel of Time has cut from its characters' journeys several destinations (like Baerlon and Whitebridge), the decision to get rid of Caemlyn entirely may come as a shock. After all, much of The Eye of the World is spent trying to get there. Plus, Rand's time in Caemlyn leads to some key encounters.
Episode 6, "The Flame of Tar Valon," continues The Wheel of Time's trend of developing the politics of the White Tower early on in the series. It spends most of its time with the Aes Sedai and introduces their leader, the Amyrlin Seat Siuan Sanche (Sophie Okonedo), whose first appearance in the books, not counting the prequel, is in The Great Hunt. We get to see first-hand the decisions made about Logain, more of Liandrin's scheming, and Moiraine and Siuan's romantic relationship.
The Wheel of Time's seventh episode, "The Dark Along the Ways," brings our heroes (minus Mat) to the city of Fal Dara. There, in keeping with The Eye of the World, they meet Lord Agelmar (Thomas Chaanhing) and learn that Lan is the uncrowned king of Malkier. However, there are still a few aspects of their time in Fal Dara that differ from the books.
While in Fal Dara, we also see Lan and Nynaeve's romance begin in earnest. In The Eye of the World, Lan actually rejects Nynaeve's advances even though he cares for her. We only see that scene through Rand's eyes though, so it's nice to witness their interactions up close and personal in the show. The Wheel of Time has definitely sped up their relationship timeline. But given Henney and Robins' excellent chemistry, I'm not complaining.
The episode ends with Rand and Moiraine following in Mat's footsteps and leaving everyone behind. Just like with Mat's exit, this is a new addition. And it's one that may take the season's climax in a completely different direction. In the book, Rand has his friends with him for this final portion of the journey, and he still doesn't know he's the Dragon