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The Rings Of Power Season 2 - What We Know So Far

The 1st season of Amazon's latest series, "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power," which is based on J. R. R. Tolkien's fantastical body of wordy work, is finally available to stream in its entirety. Since its genesis, the production has been beleaguered with crushing critical response. As shared by The Hollywood Reporter, there was even a span of time in which Amazon suspended user reviews, as they were universally negative. At the time, the depressing ratings were framed as an act of review bombing but even now, with the 1st season wrapped, the current IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes scores don't reflect a beloved prestige fantasy in good standing with the public. 

It is not for us to say whether these scores accurately quantify the quality of "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power." It is, however, for us to share whether or not these scores have influenced the production's future. The short answer is no, they haven't, not in any meaningful way, at least, because there are plans already in motion for the 2nd season. As reported by Deadline in 2019, "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" was awarded an early renewal order ahead of the 1st season's release, so long before the production was even fully shaped, it was decided that the series would go beyond Season 1. 

Fast forward to 2022, the current year, and we finally have an update. Here's everything we know so far. 

When will The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season 2 be released?

In early September, Radio Times shared the news that "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" Season 2 was a few weeks away from filming. Now, as noted by The Hollywood Reporter (they just can't stop talking about this show but, then again, neither can we), production is in full swing. That being said, the finer points are still under lock and key. Translation: we have no idea when the 2nd season will drop. With any luck, Season 2 will come to light much more quickly than Season 1 did.

For context, Amazon first purchased the rights to adapt Tolkien's work in 2017 (as noted by Forbes), and the first season was released in 2022. That's a five-year gap, and if that becomes the standard, Season 2 won't be available until 2027 and, in the age of the internet, that's practically an eternity. 

What is the plot of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season 2?

All the way back in 2019, showrunners J. D. Payne and Patrick McKay confirmed that they had already written the baseplate for what the second season would ultimately become. This means that the creative team almost assuredly has a solid plan together for what they're going to film before they film it. It's notably common for large studios to jump on an idea, start production, and map out the finer details as they go along (as was the case in projects such as the first "Jaws" film), so it's refreshing to know that "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power," for whatever faults it may have, is not flying blind when there's already a precedent to do so. 

As for the specifics, we can only speculate. Given that Season 1 ended with Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) revealing himself as the evil sorcerer Sauron and with the creation of Mordor, it's likely that Season 2 will explore the fledgling years of the newly volcanic land. Other probable threads include The Stranger (Daniel Weyman) coming into his own as one of the Istari (that's Tolkien speak for wizard, of which there are notably three), and the continued forging of the titular rings of power. 

Who is starring in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season 2?

While there haven't any official announcements yet in regards to the original cast, we expect most of them to return for Season 2. That means that viewers should anticipate Morfydd Clark, Charlie Vickers, Robert Aramayo, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Markella Kavenagh, Benjamin Walker, Daniel Weyman, Owain Arthur, Sophia Nomvete, and many, many more. However, Sam Hazeldine won't be reprising his role as Adar, the Orc leader. Instead, the role has been recast with Joseph Mawle, best known as Benjen Stark from "Game of Thrones."

As for new actors, we know that Ben Daniels, Nia Towle, Nicholas Woodeson, Gabriel Akuwudike, Yasen "Zates" Atour, and Amelia Kenworthy have joined the cast, alongside fellow newcomers Calam Lynch, Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Selina Lo, Stuart Bowman, Will Keen, Gavi Singh Chera, Kevin Eldon, and William Chubb. However, we don't know who any of them are playing. And as shared by Time, an elf named Círdan will be joining the ensemble, but we don't know who's playing that part.  

Who is directing The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season 2?

"The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" Season 2 will be helmed by returning showrunners J. D. Payne and Patrick McKay. This shouldn't be much of a surprise, given that they've already mapped out their entire five-season plan. In all likelihood, the only way for these two creatives to be ousted from the project is if Season 2 sees worse ratings than the first. Until such a time, it's Payne and McKay's show. 

As far as news goes, this is kind of a mixed bag. On one hand, having the same artists in charge throughout the entire process leads to a unified, cohesive product. On the other hand, Payne and McKay led "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" in a way that left no insignificant portion of viewers deeply dissatisfied. Even the kinder reviews admit that the pacing was problematic. 

What will The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season 2 be rated?

Season 1 of "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" was rated TV-14 for "violence, frightening scenes, and alcohol use which means some content may not be suitable for kids under 14," so it's safe to assume that Season 2 will be more of the same. This isn't "House of the Dragon," folks. No one is getting eaten alive or pleasuring themselves out a tower window or keeping marriage "in the family." Unlike HBO's fantasy series, Amazon's fantasy is sitting snugly within territory designed for a larger audience. 

That being said, "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" is not to be watched without some caution. Death is prevalent and visible onscreen. Halbrand nearly dashes a man's brains against a stone wall. Mordor is created in an all-consuming explosion. Friendship and magic aside, this is a story of war, and that's a heavy subject, no matter the narrative framing. 

Where to watch The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season 1

"The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" is available to stream exclusively through Amazon Prime Video, so for anyone who's interested in binging (or watching within a logical and healthy time frame) Season 1 over and over while waiting for Season 2, that's the site. Of course, it's also probably loaded onto TikTok in 200 three-minute increments stitched atop some endless runner game or otherwise attached to the weirdest arts and craft video imaginable. Is that too niche? It feels like a universal experience. 

As for any legitimate alternative to Amazon Prime Video, there's no sign that "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" will become a shared production ... ever, really.  Amazon spent way too much money — a hilarious number, frankly — on the rights to Tolkien's work, so playing hot potato with the completed episodes is probably the farthest thing from the docket.