Second Season of ‘Rings of Power’ Taking Immense Risk

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Sauron with his orcs

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Could this be too ambitious for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power?

Morfryyd Clark as Galadriel
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The world of author JRR Tolkien is immense and fascinating. Audiences were introduced to the sweeping epic with the novels in the mid-twentieth century and in amazing fashion with The Lord of the Rings trilogy in the early 2000s, thanks to Peter Jackson, Philippa Boyens, and Fran Walsh. Still, there were plenty of stories left to tell if someone was brave enough to tell it.

Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn (far left), Sir Ian McKellan as galdalf (middle), orlando bloom as legolas (right), sean astin as samwise gamgee (bottom left), elijah wood as frodo baggins (bottom middle), and dom monaghan as merry brandybuck (bottom right)
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In addition to his main four novels, Tolkien also wrote various supplemental works, expounding upon the world created for “The Lord of the Rings.” Titles like “The Silmarillion” and other titles compiled by his son, Christopher Tolkien, paint a much larger picture of the world of Middle-Earth, its roots, and beginnings, as well as the events that led to the stories of Bilbo, Frodo, Gandalf and the rest.

Aragorn talking to Gandalf in Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
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The Rings of Power series is somewhat of a departure and is counted as being “inspired by” Tolkien’s works and not a direct adaptation. Still, it tells the stories of characters like Galadriel (Morfydd Clark), Elrond (Robert Aramayo), Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards), Sauron (Charlie Vickers), and others in the Second Age of Middle-Earth.

Sophia Nomvete as Dwarven Princess Disa
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Though it has received mixed reviews, overall, the reception has been positive, and Amazon, who is producing the series, has already committed to five seasons. While the series itself was risky to begin with, as showrunners knew, no doubt, that people would be comparing it to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, this next season is taking an immense risk.

Galadriel riding horse in armor, Rings of Power
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Variety reported on steps that the series is taking in the midst of the strike by the Writers Guild of America. According to Variety, showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay, as well as any other writer/producers, will not be on-set, as per the strike, meaning that the remainder of the series will be made without any writing showrunners on set.

Terrifying orc in Amazon's 'Rings of Power'
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While Variety is quick to point out that there is less than a month of filming left to do, that’s still a lot of footage to grab and a lot of production without the benefit of writers and writing producers. This represents a huge risk on the part of Amazon, as the last time the Writers Guild hosted a strike, film, and television suffered markedly. Could it represent a lack of concern or support on the part of Amazon for their writers?

Robert Arayamo as Elrond
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With a series based on classic literature like the works of Tolkien, writing becomes all the more important. Hopefully, for the sake of the series, and the sake of those watching, these next nineteen days without writers on set don’t prove to be noticeable or the downfall of the series, which still has contractually several seasons remaining.

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