Why Did Barney Harris Leave The Wheel Of Time After Season 1?

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The Wheel Of Time Season 1 is currently airing on Amazon Prime Video and there’s been a rather mixed reaction to the series. However, most people seem in agreement that Barney Harris is very good as Mat Cauthon. The thing is, he won’t be playing the character in Season 2.

So, understandably, fans of the show are asking themselves why Harris is leaving the show after just one season. Why did he leave? Was he sacked or did he leave of his own accord? Did he end up getting a better offer to star in a big movie or an even bigger TV show?

These are all questions that I am going to try to answer in this article. However, I will tell you now that Amazon and Harris himself are keeping rather silent about the whole thing, which is pretty telling actually.

Was Barney Harris sacked from The Wheel Of Time after Season 1?

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Honestly, we still don’t know whether Barney Harris left the show of his own accord or he was sacked. There’s been no news on that as of writing this article. However, there are a lot of people speculating on what really happened.

It does seem as though most people believe that Harris left the show due to personal reasons. There weren’t any rumours of problems with the actor on set. This makes me believe that the cast and crew didn’t have an issue with the actor.

He is rather young – as are most of the actors in the show – and it might have been just all a bit too much for the actor. The other possibility is that the show’s producers might have seen his performance in the first season of the show and decided to go in a different direction with the character for the second season.

The thing is, I think he’s great in the role, so it would surprise me slightly if the call to have Mat recast came from the show’s producers. Finally, there are some people who’ve posited the theory that Barney left the show because he got a better offer to star in something else.

The issue with this theory is that Barney Harris left the show to star in something else is that he’s not attached to any future projects.

Who is playing Mat in Season 2?

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As for who’ll be playing Mat in The Wheel Of Time Season 2, it was announced pretty soon after Harris revealed he was leaving the show that Dónal Finn from The Witcher will be taking over the role for the foreseeable future.

Recasting in shows such as these isn’t strictly unusual. It is rather rare, however, especially with regards to a show’s lead characters. I can’t remember the last time a show recast one of its leads after the first season.

It has happened in the past, but if a character is being recast, it’s usually one of the secondary characters. Mat is one of the five possible Dragons from the Two Rivers and is a key player in the books.

It’ll be interesting to see how Dónal Finn does, especially since Barney Harris was easily the most popular actor from the first season. He’s a much more talented actor than the other young actors on the show. That is a personal opinion, but one which I will stand by. It’ll be a shame to not have him around in the second season.

What’s next for Barney Harris after The Wheel Of Time Season 1?

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As I mentioned above, Barney Harris isn’t actually attached to any other projects after The Wheel Of Time Season 1. I do hope he ends up starring in something and has an excellent career.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens, but given his terrific performance in the first season of this show, I’m sure the offers will be coming in. I just hope he didn’t leave the show due to a poor attitude on set.

What do you make of this feature? Are you looking forward to seeing The Wheel Of Time Season 2, and how do you think Finn will do as Mat? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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  1. Dan

    I have a theory that the show runners wanted to kill off Mat, and Barney quit because he knew how great of a character Mat becomes in the books and didn’t want any part of it.

    • Daryl

      If you think he did a good job portraying Mat Cauthon, then you never read the books. He did a terrible job. Awful actor. He made Mat look moody and sullen all the time. Even before he got the dagger. Overall the show in general is terrible at portraying all the lead characters, nothing like the books. But he was the worst.

  2. chuck

    anytime the mat character was having to show any nuance or “dark” behaviour it felt absurdly forced and kinda cringey, now it might be on the writing not the actor, but by the end of the season I can’t say i was bothered if/what happened to the character

  3. Scott McGee-Plys

    He appears to have left before season 1 wrapped, so perhaps never returned to set after pandemic shutdowns because he is unwilling to get the vacc?

  4. DJC

    This series was just awful, not just in its writing, not just in mangling the lore, but also in its rendering of the central themes of the story. And being such a man-hating production as it was, I have to seriously consider whether Barney Harris finally said, “nope, I’m done.” Naturally any non-disparagement agreement would require him to either lie or clamp his teeth shut.

  5. Anonymous

    Laughably poor, unbelievably woke, terrible acting combined with woke directing means a good story has been reduced to a demonstration of how terrible men are, how important women are, how woke TV directors and script writer have become all desperately trying not to offend anyone.

  6. Anonymous

    As stated above the series ruined the story in so many different ways, 5 possible dragons my hind end, let’s throw the women into the mix to show how progressive we are rather than follow the story.


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