All Five Seasons of the Lord of the Rings

If you spend almost a billion on a TV series, you should probably have an idea of where it’s going. Time and time again we have seen shows (or movie franchises) not respect the landing when it becomes clear that there was never an actual Plan. That said, sometimes it’s worth going through the seat of the pants, but that’s not what the Lord of the Rings: the rings of power will do over the planned five seasons. Speaking to Empire, the Lord of the Rings: the Rings of Power showrunners, JD Payne and Patrick McKay, revealed that they have everything planned for the Prime Video series until the last take.

“We even know what our last staging of the last episode will be,” JD Payne teased. “The rights acquired by Amazon concerned a 50-hour show. They knew from the beginning that it was the size of the screen – it was a big story with a clear beginning, middle and end. There are things in the first season that don’t pay off until season 5. The five seasons of the Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will take place thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings in the second age of middle-earth.

The series tells about the forging of the rings of power, the rise of Sauron, the fall of Númenor and the last alliance between elves and humans. The force rings will obviously rely on the work of J. R. R. Tolkien, but Payne explains that it was as if “Tolkien had put a few stars in the sky and made us discover the constellations.”Although the series introduced new characters and new ideas, Patrick McKay knew that everything had to fit into what Tolkien had created.

The pressure would drive us crazy if we didn’t feel that there is a story that doesn’t come from us. He comes from a bigger place. It comes from Tolkien and we are only the administrators. We trust these ideas so much because they are not ours. We are guardians at best.

The first season of the Lord of the Rings: The rings of Power will be released on Prime Video on September 2, 2022.

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