The Rings Of Power Season 3 Already In The Works

By Britta DeVore | Published

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The second season of Prime Video’s prequel series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power hasn’t even set a release date beyond its 2024 window but things are looking really good for the possibility of a third season. This will come as a huge sigh of relief to fans hoping that the story won’t end with the upcoming set of episodes and looking forward to the chance for more tales to unfold. As luck would have it, the production’s showrunners, Patrick McKay and JD Payne have signed a three-year deal with the studio which can only mean good things for this and other projects from the duo moving forward.

Season 1 Was A Resounding Success

Prime Video’s willingness to foreshadow the return of The Rings of Power is a smart move for the company since its debut installment was a hit among fans and critics alike. Dropping on the platform over a year ago in the fall of 2022, the title received Emmy nominations and continues to hold the bragging rights of being the studio’s most-watched original series. On top of the already exciting news, Patrick McKay and JD Payne are striking gold again as the renewal gives them further reason to launch their own production company, dubbed 10:40 PM Productions.

Season 3 Isn’t Guaranteed, But Things Look Good

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But, we don’t want to put the cart before the horse quite yet as, at this time, a third season of the Rings of Power hasn’t yet been ordered at Amazon. Still, with the news that the showrunners scored an overall deal, things are looking very, very good and they’ve revealed that they’re already thinking ahead to where to take the show should they get that green light. As for Season 2, filming has wrapped and the gears are turning on post-production, with teasers, images, and a release date expected to come sometime shortly. 

Sauron’s Villainous Beginnings

The premiere season of The Rings of Power took its adventure straight from the pages first penned by J.R.R. Tolkien in his book The Lord of the Rings and its appendices. The production serves as a prequel, set thousands of years before Frodo and even Bilbo stumble upon the all-powerful ring of destruction. In it, audiences receive a villain origin story of the Dark Lord Sauron and his decision to first forge the 19 Rings of Power before giving them to the leaders of the dwarves, elves, and men – with one ring to rule them all left in the hands of Sauron at his residence of Mount Doom.

A Prequel Like No Other

Setting the stage for a prequel series was a genius one on the part of Patrick McKay and JD Payne as the film trilogy helmed by Peter Jackson is heralded as one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever. As The Rings of Power gives background to what happened during the construction of the rings and the fallout that would happen after, it opens up a door for a fresh story filled with new characters and adventures to be told. 

The Production Team

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Like Peter Jackson, the production team for The Rings of Power resurrected Middle Earth in New Zealand, just as the trio of films had done over two decades ago. The first season featured directorial work from the likes of J.A. Bayona (Society of the Snow), Wayne Che Yip (Doctor Who), and Charlotte Brändström (The Continental: From the World of John Wick). Season 1 featured performances from an abundance of actors including Morfydd Clark (Saint Maud), Dylan Smith (Maze Runner), Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones), and more.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter