We’re not even done with the first season of Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power yet, but it seems that Amazon Prime Video is confident enough to push forward with this prequel.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, production for the second season of Rings of Power has already begun. Seeing that the first season isn’t even over yet, we don’t have that much details on the story of the second season. It is, however, worth noting that production is moving over to the UK, with the first season being shot in New Zealand (like the Peter Jackson films). The move was said to be an economical choice, but I’m sure there are a lot of locals that will be disappointed that Rings won’t be shot in NZ anymore.
Admittedly, ROP has been getting drowned out by the buzz that House of the Dragon is generating, but the series has been getting some positive reviews from critics; especially with the ones who have read the expanded Tolkien material like The Silmarillion.
Personally, I think the show has a lot of great new characters, and though things aren’t as scandalous or dramatic as the events of House of the Dragon, Rings of Power does have that grand tone of a fantasy world, and the production is definitely high-value.
This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the furthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone.
Catch new episodes of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Amazon Prime Video every Friday.