The script for Rings of Power season 2 was already completed before the Writers' Strike began, so production will continue without stopping.
The Lord of the Rings franchise is known for its epic storytelling and action sequences, with Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film trilogy winning various awards and accolades at the time of its release. Many fans have been worried that the storytelling in one Lord of the Rings series might take a big hit. Luckily for them, according to a Deadline article, production for season 2 of Amazon’s juggernaut fantasy series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will continue through the current writers’ strike.
Apparently, scripts have long been completed for Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, and season 2 has been in production with 19 days of filming left. Showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will not oversee the wrapping of production. Instead, the non-writing crew, including the executive producers and directors, will make sure that everything goes according to plan and schedule.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is arguably Amazon Primes’ biggest show by far and is meant to compete with the Game of Thrones fantasy series powerhouse spin-off House of the Dragon on HBO. Debuting in the fall of last year, the series’s first two episodes had the most viewers ever for a Prime Video premiere.
Created by J.D. Matthews and produced by Amazon Studios, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is based on J.R.R. Tolkien‘s The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion, two of the most beloved and iconic works of high fantasy literature ever written. The series is set in Middle-earth, the fictional world created by Tolkien, and explores the rich history and mythology of the continent through a tapestry of interconnected stories and characters.
Unlike its film counterparts, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power takes place thousands of years before The Hobbit, instead opting to focus on Middle-earth’s Second Age. Still, because of its focus on this highly influential period of time in Middle-earth’s history, the series does feature a number of major characters who have appeared in various forms in the Lord of the Rings Cinematic Universe, including younger versions of Sauron, Galadriel, and Elrond. Amazon has already made a five-season, one billion-dollar commitment to the series, making it the most expensive television series ever made.
Critics have praised The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power for its production value and for staying true to the spirit of other entries within the Lord of the Rings franchise. In order to do this, series producers even went so far as to tap composer Howard Shore for the main theme. Shore worked on the scores for both The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies.
Fans will be relieved to know that The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’s script will not be impacted by the strike. Like the Eye of Sauron, fans will want to keep a lookout for any news about season 2 as production wraps, including a solid release date, plot information, and potential guest actors making an appearance. Although Middle-earth may not be safe from evil yet, it seems like, for now, it will be safe from being impacted by the ongoing strike.