Legend of the Seeker (2008–2010)
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Richard Cyper rescues Kahlan, a mysterious confessor from the Midlands sent to give the Book of Counted Shadows to the one true seeker. Zed, an old man who lives nearby, tells Richard that he is this seeker and gives him the Sword of Truth.


Mark Beesley


Kenneth Biller (developer) (as Ken Biller), Stephen Tolkin (developer) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Craig Horner ... Richard Cypher
Bridget Regan ... Kahlan Amnell
Bruce Spence ... Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander
Jay Laga'aia ... Chase Brandstone
Craig Parker ... Darken Rahl
Andrew Robertt ... Ranssyn Fane
Jeffrey Thomas ... George Cypher
David de Lautour ... Michael Cypher
Tania Nolan ... Dennee Amnell
Dylan Holmes Dylan Holmes ... Jared
Ben Fransham ... Gar
Vicky Haughton ... Adie
Jennifer Rucker Jennifer Rucker ... Emma Brandstone
Catherine Stephen Catherine Stephen ... Laura Brandstone
Marek Sumich Marek Sumich ... Patrick


Richard Cypher's happy youth ends abruptly after Kahlan, a white witch from an ancient order, magically crosses the near-impenetrable border from the Midlands, Darken Rahl's grim D'Haran empire, to his own, yet pacific world. Richard's father George Cypher is killed, actually by Ranssyn Fane, an officer pursuing Kahlan, but he manages to make even Richard's big brother, the local first counselor Michael. Kahlna finds the great wizard Zeddicus "Zed" Zu'l Zorander and makes him help her explain to Richard his destiny, actually being adopted by George. Richard rejects it, but sword and magical book that come with it soon persuade him to accept becoming the Seeker, destined to stop Rahlan's bid to establish a dark world rule. Written by KGF Vissers

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It had previously been claimed that Richard arrives at his adopted fathers' house, with sword in hand even though he left the sword behind at Zeddicus' house. But Richard arrives at his father's house on Zeddicus' horse, which he took after his own horse was killed by the Gar. The sword was strapped to Zeddicus' horse's saddle. Kahlan even comments on that - as Richard rides off, she exclaims, "He's got the sword and the book". See more »


Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander: Richard Cypher, though the road will be long and the outcome unknown, will you undertake this journey?
Richard Cypher: I will.
Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander: Will you leave behind your friends and all that you have known?
Richard Cypher: I will.
Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander: Though, the forces of evil are sworn to bring about your death, still, will you go on?
Richard Cypher: I will.
Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander: And will you accept the name of the Seeker?
Richard Cypher: I will.
Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander: Then I, First Wizard Zeddicus Z'ul Zorander so name you.
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Alternate Versions

German broadcaster Pro7 edited episode one and two in a 80-minute TV movie. See more »

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Not what readers of the Book would expect
1 November 2008 | by jetodd40See all my reviews

The Legend of the Seeker (at least as much of it as is shown in the 30 minute preview of this first episode) Differs in many ways from what is told in Wizards first Rule. Those who insist that a movie/TV show 'must' follow the details will find a wealth of things to dislike. Having just recently finished reading the last book of the Sword of Truth I can understand why they would object.

However, If you can set aside preconceived notions and watch the series unfold and tell it's story in it's own way without expecting it to follow the books you will find much to like.

It is not a series about the books, it is a re-telling of the story for a TV Audience. And in at least my opinion has the potential to tell the story well.

edit: sadly after watching this episode in full as well as the second episode "Destiny" I would not recommend the show to anyone who has already read the books.

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1 November 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)



Aspect Ratio:

16 : 9
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