Jane Espenson - Wheel of Time TV Series Writer(Speculation)

Disclaimer: This is a speculative post and should not be taken as anything else!

This guess is a little different from the others, in that this is more of a pick based on who Narg thinks would be well suited to being a writer on WoT, rather than any "real" evidence linking her to the show. Joining Justine Juel Gillmer and Dave Hill in Nargs' all star guess lineup, along with the confirmed writers Rafe, Amanda Kate Shuman and Celine, is ...


Jane Espenson

Jane would be a great addition to Rafe Judkins' Wheel of Time writers team. She has 24 years of experience in writing for both Comedy and Drama shows.

Bio from JaneEspenson.com:
Jane Espenson grew up in Ames, Iowa. While attending grad school at UC Berkeley she submitted spec episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and took her first step into the business. After winning a spot in the ABC|Disney writers’ fellowship, she began a career in TV that is now more than 20 years long. She’s written for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse. Battlestar Galactica and Caprica. Gilmore Girls and The OC. Game of Thrones, Torchwood:Miracle Day, Husbands, and Once Upon a Time among many others.
She often tells people she has the best job in the world.
Her most recognisable writing credits are for:

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Espenson wrote or co-wrote twenty-three episodes, starting with "Band Candy" and ending with Buffy's penultimate episode, "End of Days."

Battlestar Galactica and Caprica: As one of BSG's co-executive producers, she worked on every fourth-season episode starting with "He That Believeth in Me"; she was also the writer of "Escape Velocity" and "The Hub" and co-wrote The Face of the Enemy webisodes. Prior to joining the show's staff she wrote one third-season episode and co-wrote another.

Torchwood: Espenson wrote for the show's fourth series, Torchwood: Miracle Day. She wrote episodes 3, 5, 7 and co-wrote episode 8 and episode 10.

Once Upon a Time: Writing credits for 30 episodes from 2011-2018.
Episode 8 Desperate Souls, which Jane wrote, introduces character named Morraine, Baelfire, and The Dark One!

Game of Thrones: She has a writers credit for season 1, episode 6, "A Golden Crown"

Jane has also studied linguistics as an undergraduate and graduate at University of California, Berkeley, which could come in handy if they want to flesh out the Old Tongue some more. Though she seemed to focus on metaphors, so maybe not, though WoT does contain a lot of metaphors...

Sources: Wikipedia and IMDb

We should all be excited INO if Jane is part of the team. Her years of experience would be invaluable, and Narg really thinks that she would be well suited to WoT.

Up top, Narg said there wasn't any real evidence linking her to the show, but here is what Narg did manage to find. Make of it what you will.

First off, we have that episode which she wrote for Once Upon a Time, that has the Wheel of Time references in it. Though there is no guarantee that she was the one who named those characters, if she did, you'd have to say that's a good indication that she's a fan of WoT.

Jane seems to have had a finger in the pie of a lot of the big SFF shows and has previously said she always wants to work on all the new SFF shows that come up. Seems to Narg that if she wasn't already writing for another show, she'd jump at the opportunity to work on WoT, which INO is right up her alley.

Then there is this tweet from late last month, the same week that the WoT writers room "opened":


Narg searched through Jane's tweet history, and the last mention of a Writers' Room she was working in, was back in February when she was still part of Once Upon a Time(cancelled). Narg can find no reference of her working on a new show since then(happy to be corrected). Coincidence? 

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