Barney Harris starred as Mat Cauthon in The Wheel Of Time Season 1, however, he won’t be playing the role in Season 2. We’re here to explain why Harris won’t be starring in the second season of the Amazon Prime Video hit series.
So, many fans of the show were rather perplexed when it was revealed that Harris won’t be returning as Mat in Season 2. It was revealed that Dónal Finn will be playing Mat in Season 2 of The Wheel Of Time.
It’s interesting because as far as I’m concerned, Barney Harris was one of the best actors in the first season of the show. He was just brilliant as Mat. So, you can understand my confusion when it was revealed that he won’t be back for Season 2.
Was Barney Harris sacked from The Wheel Of Time?
There were a bunch of theories online as to why Barney left the show. Some people posited whether was got a better offer to star in another movie or TV show. Some people suggested that Amazon’s producers might not have liked Barney’s take on Mat.
However, we were informed by an insider why Barney Harris really left the show. Sound like it all has to do with COVID-19. According to the insider, Harris didn’t want to get vaccinated which might have been a problem for filming a second season.
Here’s what our source had to say on the matter:
It all had to do with Covid vaccines. Amazon has a very strict policy on making sure their sets are Covid-free zones.
Dónal Finn will play Mat in The Wheel Of Time Season 2
Reading in between the lines here, it seems as though Harris was asked to leave the show because he refused to get vaccinated against Covid-19. It does – to me at least – seem like an unfair reason to be asked to leave a show as popular and as successful as The Wheel Of Time has been. It’s made even worse by the fact that Barney Harris was so good in the first season.
However, once he was asked to leave, Amazon moved into gear very quickly and cast Finn in the role. You might know the actor from Netflix’s The Witcher in which he played Nettly in the first season.
Finn was also in Netflix’s other fantasy show, Cursed, in which he played Kurt. He does seem like a very good replacement for Harris. Mat will play an important part in The Wheel Of Time Season 2.
The second season began filming before the first season was released. Filming on Season 2 is set to conclude in February later this year. We might not have to wait too long before The Wheel Of Time Season 2 is released.
However, it has also been revealed that The Wheel Of Time Season 2’s release date has been pushed back slightly to make room for Amazon upcoming Lord Of The Rings series.
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