Legend of the Seeker is an American fantasy adventure television series created by Sam Raimi and based on The Sword of Truth novels by Terry Goodkind which follows the epic attempts of a young woodsman, a mysterious woman and a wizard to stop the evil Darken Rahl from unleashing an ancient and terrifying power.
The series aired in the USA in syndication from 1 November, 2008 to 22 May, 2010. There are 44 hour-long episodes in two seasons. It was not renewed for a third season.
Legend of the Seeker premiered in South Africa on M-Net on Saturday 25 July 2009, at 19h30. It was moved to DStv's Vuzu channel for Season 2. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 premiered on Vuzu on Friday 28 May 2010, at 20h30. New episodes air weekly. There are 22 episodes in the second season.
Based on the bestselling works of author Terry Goodkind, Legend of the Seeker marks the return of the action adventure genre to syndication after almost a decade.
Legend of the Seeker follows the extraordinary epic tale of woodsman Richard Cypher and a beautiful and mysterious woman named Kahlan Amnell.
When Richard, played by Craig Horner, discovers that he has powers from within, he transforms into a magical leader to stop a sinister tyrant Darken Rahl (Craig Parker).
Kahlan, portrayed by Bridget Regan, serves as his protective guide and has sworn to keep him safe from all harm.
Zedd (Bruce Spence), a wise and powerful old wizard, accompanies Richard and Kahlan on their epic journey.
In the Season 2 premiere: Richard, Kahlan and Zedd are attacked by a skreeling (an underworld beast) while celebrating the fall of Darken Rahl, Richard also learns his true ancestry.
Richard finds out he inadvertently opened an entry to the underworld, unleashing a terrible evil. Meanwhile, Cara is betrayed by her fellow Sisters of the Agiel and left to die.
Richard, Cara, Kahlan and Zed begin their quest to find the Stone of Tears to repair the veil between the underworld and the world of the living.
Character: Richard Cypher
Played By: Craig Horner
Richard Cypher was once but a simple woodsman, an expert tracker and explorer of the trails that run through and around his home town of Hartland, located in the province known as Westland.
He was well liked by the townspeople, and looked up to his older brother, Michael, the First Councilor. Their father, George Cypher, raised the two boys after the death of his wife.
Life was an uneventful series of tasks and duties for Richard, until fate brought him together with a mysterious and captivating female, Kahlan Amnell. From a seemingly crazed old man, Zedd, the truth was soon revealed to Richard.
He is a child of prophecy, the first true Seeker the world has known in a thousand years, destined to wield the powerful Sword of Truth and defeat the evil tyrant Darken Rahl.
Character: Kahlan Amnell
Played By: Bridget Regan
She is one of an ancient order of magical women known as Confessors. Her people are sworn to find the truth, no matter how hard someone may try to hide it.
But Kahlan herself is a woman of many secrets. And her mission was to locate the Seeker, the one prophesized to defeat Darken Rahl, an evil ruler trying to enslave all in his dominion.
Kahlan risked everything to find Richard Cypher. But what she didn't expect was to develop feelings for him.
With a single touch, Kahlan can make anyone confess the truth. And she can command any man to do her bidding.
However, those who confess to Kahlan also fall hopelessly in love with her. It is her power. It is what makes people in the Midlands respect Kahlan. Fear her. And it is Kahlan's curse, for she finds herself drawn to Richard, as he does to her.
But theirs is a love that can never be fulfilled. For Kahlan must endure the lonely life of a Confessor. And her purpose is to make certain Richard realizes the destiny of the Seeker, to stop the ruthless Darken Rahl.
Nothing else matters for Kahlan, not even her own happiness.
Character: Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander
Played By: Bruce Spence
To the townspeople of Hartland, Zedd was known only as a crazy old hermit who talked to his chickens and stood naked on rocks while gazing at the clouds. But what he was really doing was watch as Richard Cypher grew into adulthood.
In reality, Zeddicus Zu'l Zorander is a wise and powerful wizard, and he has protected Richard all his life, hiding him from the forces of Darken Rahl.
Prophecy showed that Richard would become the first true Seeker in a thousand years, destined to bring down Rahl's growing tyrannical rule of dark magic. So Zedd made certain the child would live to realize his destiny.
With the prophecy revealed to Richard, Zedd teaches him the ways of the Seeker. He shows Richard how to control the magical power of the Seeker's ancient weapon, the Sword of Truth, and provides the advice and training that his impatient and headstrong student will need to survive on his dangerous journey across the Midlands.
Zedd commands magic bolts of wizard's fire to protect them from attackers. And he counsels Richard on his growing feelings toward the mysterious Confessor, Kahlan Amnell.
She is a woman with whom love is not an option. And Richard cannot afford to let anything stand in the way of his destiny, to confront Darken Rahl and destroy his growing empire.
Zedd will do everything in his power to make sure Richard fulfills the prophecy, even if it ultimately costs the wizard his own life.
Character: Darken Rahl
Played By: Craig Parker
This is the embodiment of pure evil, in the face and golden form of a handsome young man.
Darken Rahl wants nothing less than total dominion over all of the free world. He has expanded his empire of tyranny far beyond his homeland of D'Hara and into the Midlands, town by town, person by person.
In the words of the wizard Zedd: "Rahl's cruelty, his joy in the agonizing pain of others, is equaled only by the mask of gentleness he wears to draw his victims into his spell, and then enslave them forever."
Through the use of dark magic and sorcery, evil wizards, duplicitous collaborators and legions of soldiers, Rahl has stopped at nothing to achieve his ultimate goal. And nothing stands in his way, except the prophecy of the Seeker.
This is the one man who can take down Darken Rahl, free the people enslaved under his rule and restore peace to the world. Now that Richard Cypher is revealed to be the true Seeker, Rahl has targeted him for death.
Two men on a collision course with destiny. Only one will survive.
(Each season consists of 22 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 25 Jul 2009 | Finale: 19 Dec 2009 | Saturdays, 19h30
Channel: Vuzu | Premiere: 28 May 2010 | Finale: 22 Oct 2010 | Fridays, 20h30