Following Amazon’s series opener of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power on Prime Video, Season 2 is in production. Just as we’ve already informed you about everything important regarding Season 1 of The Rings of Power, you’ll also be updated with constant updates regarding Season 2 here. Here you can find the following information:
Warning, spoilers to Season 1 of Amazon’s The Rings of Power follow.
The Rings of Power Season 2: The Rings of Power start on Amazon?
After season 1 of The Rings of Power ran on Amazon Prime in September/October 2022, the start of season 2 is expected to wait two years. An official date has not yet been set. Looking at the previous elaborate production history, a launch in the second half of 2024 on Prime Video is expected. Filming began on October 3, 2022, with this time filming in the UK instead of New Zealand. Season 2 will again have 8 episodes.
Amusing Lord of the Rings “accidents” by cast members kept fans entertained during the mystery-filled filming. Also, spy photos from the set revealed important new show locations.
The most important facts about the Lord of the Rings series at a glance
- The series creators behind The Rings of Power are Patrick McKay and John D. Payne. Amazon is working with J.R.R. Tolkien’s heirs, the Tolkien Estate.
- The Lord of the Rings series is set for 5 seasons, which are already (roughly) planned through to the end.
- Amazon’s cost for the world’s most expensive series now totals $1 billion and is expected to rise even further. About $465 million budget was spent on season 1, so about $50 million per episode.
- The Rings of Power is based on Tolkien’s extensive work: Officially, the series is based (according to the legal situation) only on the appendices of The Lord of the Rings, although the Tolkien Estate forbade a remake, sequel or Middle Earth cannibalization along MCU lines. Unofficially, the series also repeatedly draws on The Silmarillion.
The Lord of the Rings Season 2: Who is in the cast?
Many cast members of the 1st season will also be seen in season 2. In the Rings of Power character ranking, clear favorites have already emerged. Especially the non-Tolkien characters have an enormous advantage. The return of the following actors is as good as certain:
- Galadriel (Morfydd Clark), Elbe who hunts Sauron
- Halbrand/Sauron (Charlie Vickers), villain who wants to rule Middle-earth
- Nori (Markella Kavenagh), Harfoot girl, i.e. Hobbit precursor
- The Stranger (Daniel Weyman), meteorite-crashed wizard
- Elrond (Robert Aramayo), elf with amazing history
- Durin IV (Owain Arthur), dwarf prince
- Disa (Sophia Nomvete), dwarven princess, wife of Durin IV
- Durin III (Peter Mullan), dwarf king of Khazad-dûm
- Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards), elvish blacksmith
- Elendil (Lloyd Owen), human Númenor captain
- Isildur (Maxim Baldry), Elendil’s son
- Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi), healer of the Southlands
- Arondir (Ishmael), former elven guardian of the Southlands
- Theo (Tyroe Muhafidin), Bronwyn’s son
- Waldreg (Geoff Morrell), southern defector to Adar
- Gil-galad (Benjamin Walker), Elven High King
- Míriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson), Númenor’s queen-regent
- Pharazôn (Trystan Gravelle), Númenor’s chancellor
- Kemen (Leon Wadham), Pharazôn’s son
- Eärien (Ema Horvath), Elendil’s daughter
- Valandil (Alex Tarrant), friend of Isildur
- Largo (Dylan Smith), Noris Harfoot’s father
- Marigold (Sara Zwangobani), Nori’s stepmother
- Poppy (Megan Richards), Nori’s best friend
- Malva (Thusitha Jayasundera), Harfoot’s gossip base
- Vilma (Maxine Cunliffe), Harfoot’s wife
In addition, more cast:ins will join the 2nd season of the Lord of the Rings series new. The appearance of 5 new Lord of the Rings characters such as the lost Galadriel husband Celeborn was already hinted at in season 1. In December 2022, 6 new Rings of Power stars were first announced for Season 2, and then 8 more cast:ins were added.
- Adar (Sam Hazeldine replaces Joseph Mawle), orc father and fallen elven villain
- Gabriel Akuwudike
- Yasen Atour
- Nicholas Woodeson
- Nia Towle
- Ben Daniels
- Amelia Kenworthy
- Stuart Bowman
- William Chubb
- Kevin Eldon
- Will Keen
- Calam Lynch
- Selina Lo
- Oliver Alvin-Wilson
- Gavi Singh Chera
- Círdan, the elvish shipbuilder, is expected to appear, though who will play him is not yet known
- Rumor has it that newcomer Jamie Bisping will also play an as-yet-unknown role (alias: Viran).
It’s not unlikely that Jed Brophy, who has made appearances in all of the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films and series so far, will return again (as an orc).
Also, behind the scenes of the Lord of the Rings series, 3 female directors are taking Season 2 in hand:
- Charlotte Brändström (who directed episodes 6 and 7 of season 1) returns for 4 episodes.
- Sanaa Hamri directs 2 episodes of the Lord of the Rings return.
- Louise Hooper also takes over as director for 2 episodes.
The Rings of Power Season 2: The plot (and beyond)
The entire Lord of the Rings series is devoted to the Second Age’s struggle against the resurgent Sauron, who seeks to seize power over Middle Earth after his evil master Melkor (or Morgoth). Season 2 will further advance this conflict. With only three of the 20 Rings of Power created so far, the jewelry making must now pick up steam. After the Elves, the next rings to be made should be the 7 Dwarven rings and then the 9 Human rings before Sauron forges his Master Ring.
According to the showrunners, we can expect a big Season 2 focus on Sauron after the Half-Brand reveal: the perhaps misunderstood villain, who veiled his identity in Season 1 despite numerous clues, may now become more complex along Breaking Bad lines and freely unleash his malevolence before our eyes. His story as the shapeshifter Annatar, as told by Tolkien, is also to receive attention. It is likely that Sauron will first meet his old enemy, the fallen elf Adar and his light-shy orcs, in the newly created Mordor. In the process, he could also run into Isildur, who is believed to be dead.
Individual plotlines, moreover, already hint at season 2 of the Lord of the Rings series:
- After the Stranger is revealed as a wizard, his path leads the Meteor Man with Harfoot Girl Nori to eastern Middle Earth: to Rhûn. For there alone is visible the constellation of stars he has been seeking since his arrival. Will they perhaps meet the Eastling Khamûl here, who later becomes a Ringwraith?
- With the introduction of the invisible world in the season 1 finale, the magical parallel dimension of the Nazgûl and mystics is also likely to play a larger role in the continuing narrative of The Rings of Power.
- In the island kingdom of Númenor, on the other hand, a change of rulers is pending after the death of Míriel’s father Tar-Palantír, which could set the course for the predicted catastrophe.
- On the other hand, the now homeless southerners flee to the port city of Pelargir.
- Among the dwarves, on the other hand, the last Mithril word has not yet been spoken. The (Balrog) fall must eventually follow the rise to greatness. And is Durin IV still heir to the throne of Khazad-dûm after the quarrel with his father?
- How the Elves now proceed against Sauron with their three mighty rings, especially since Galadriel kept his true identity to herself for the time being.
- The Lord of the Rings showrunners are also teasing a massive new battle spanning two episodes. Secret set photos refer here to the beginning of the war between Elves and Sauron in Eregion.
In addition, it is already apparent what the Lord of the Rings narrative will end up with after 5 fully planned seasons: the battle of the Last Alliance against Sauron. A hidden scene in season 1 already hinted at the partly tragic end of the finale.
Whether we will see more of the Middle Earth backstory of the Valar and Maiar after the secret meaning of the series intro remains to be seen.
Criticism and controversy surrounding The Rings of Power
Whether it’s short-haired elves, dwarven beards, or frustration over added characters, the Lord of the Rings series has been met with controversy from audiences. Reactions were divided into two main camps: After the finale, there were fan voices ranging from “ghastly mess” to “best series of the year.
In addition, hostility because of the color of their skin was not uncommon for many Rings of Power actors. Lord of the Rings stars condemned the racist attacks on the new Middle Earth staff. In the wake of the wave of hatred, Amazon even shut down the comments feature.
Tolkien hardcore fans disliked, if nothing else, the chronological liberties the series took to have important events take place in a shorter period of time (instead of constantly swapping out short-lived human protagonists over thousands of years). Also, throughout Season 1, there was much Galadriel criticism of the new portrayal of the familiar character.
In addition, Lord of the Rings film actor Bernard Hill criticized The Lord of the Rings series as pure money-making, with no intentions of watching it. Legolas actor Orlando Bloom, on the other hand, praised The Rings of Power as “brave” and was already looking forward to more.
The replacement of the Adar actor also caused a stir as a setback for the series, even though his replacement brought plenty of fantasy experience.
The criticism (including angry fan petitions) about nude hobbits that flared up after the casting calls for nude scenes did not find any further targets in the course of season 1, as there were no sex scenes or the like for the time being. The level of violence also remained limited to an age rating of 12 and up on Amazon, although the series had been shot much more brutally.
Among the more bizarre events was a garbage company referencing the Lord of the Rings franchise: It was threatened with a lawsuit if it did not change its name. On the other hand, the Twitter blunder of a Rings of Power star was accepted with meme humour.