Rings of Power is the latest prequel to come from Amazon Studios, and it does so not with the might of 10,000 Rohirrim horseback, but a billion dollars. Yes, the most expensive TV show of all time comes in the form of a show telling the story of the Second Age, set thousands of years before The Lord of The Rings.
But has the show been renewed? Or have we seen the last of Galadriel, The Stranger and Mordor? Here’s what we know:
This series is set during the second age, during a period of relative peace. We’re tackling the forging of the Rings of Power here, along with the rise of the Dark Lord Sauron and the fall of Númenor. These events take place over thousands of years but have been condensed considerably for this series.
Galadriel is our protagonist, a perfect warrior who kicks butts and slays snow trolls without breaking a sweat. Plenty of original characters not in the books pop up too, including the Harfoots (basically Hobbits, let’s be honest!) and Southlander Bronwyn.
Prepare yourself…The Rings of Power has been renewed for a second season! In fact, the show has been renewed for a grand total of five seasons, with Jeff Bezos pouring his might behind this show to try and make it a massive success. News of this came about shortly following the series’ debut in September and in recent weeks, the announcement was made that prep-work has already started on the next season.
Plot details are thin on the ground at this stage but first-time showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay have recently told The Hollywood Reporter that they’re building Sauron up to be a “Walter White”-esque antihero. You can read that full article here. Now, we do know that Amazon have been particularly worried about how well House of the Dragon have been doing. In another THR article we learn:
Dragon matters because all of a sudden there is a benchmark. It is their closest comp to success. When they saw Dragon grew in its second episode and brought in 20 million viewers, they were shitting their pants.”
Although viewing figures are obscured and Amazon have been keeping their cards close to their chest, it’s not outside the realm of possibility to think Rings of Power is leaking viewers every week. And surely it can’t be doing the numbers Bezos wants if Amazon are that worried.
We’re at least two years away from Rings of Power Season 2, but it seems like Amazon are going to hastily push through production to try and compete with House of the Dragon, which was also recently renewed.