The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Season 2 has reportedly started filming in the UK. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production is now underway on the Middle-earth prequel series at Bray Studios, just outside of London. The sophomore run was first announced back in 2019, with a later confirmation from co-showrunner JD Payne revealing that The Rings of Power had inked a five-season commitment with Amazon. For fans, this would mean up to 50 hours of LOTR content exploring smaller pieces of lore. In addition, The Rings of Power Season 2 will introduce a new character, Círdan the Shipwright, one of the wisest and most prescient of the elves. Currently there is no word on their casting.
Although the UK is not synonymous with The Lord of the Rings franchise – New Zealand was home to Season 1 filming, as well as the original Peter Jackson trilogy – Amazon made the decision to move halfway around the world starting with The Rings of Power season 2. Season 1 was filmed over a stretch of 18 months, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in eight weekly episodes. According to THR, the second season will follow suit in terms of episode count, with Amazon establishing a “multi-show hub” in the UK.
Speaking to The Playlist back in August, co-showrunner Patrick McKay noted the reason for the switch as a way to emulate author JRR Tolkien’s writing style and atmosphere. “Tolkien wrote about the British Isles. He wrote about his own backyard, and his description of nature and the air here and the light here and the grass here is a big part of those books.” Furthermore, he mentioned how traveling to distant lands was a recurring theme in the LOTR books, although there is no indication of how this affects the plot beats for the show. Will the characters literally travel to new lands? Only time will tell as The Rings of Power Season 1 gears up for Episode 7 to stream this Friday.
Last month, Amazon Prime Video confirmed that The Rings of Power drew 25 million global viewers in its first 24 hours, making it the biggest premiere on the service. That said, this would be the first time the company has publicly broken internal TV ratings. And second, like most OTT platforms, Prime Video never offered a clear definition of what constitutes a “view.”
Around that time, reports surfaced claiming Amazon added a 72-hour delay to all user reviews for the show as it became too toxic and hampered its performance. Within the three-day period, each critique will go through an evaluation process to determine whether they are genuine or bot-generated. The feature is currently not available in India and hence shows an IMDb rating.
New The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power episodes air every Friday at 9:30 AM IST on Amazon Prime Video in India.