The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 2: Release date speculation, cast, plot details

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 2: Release date speculation, cast, plot details

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power return to Prime Video? Warning: This article contains spoilers for season 1 of The Rings of Power

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power return to Prime Video? Warning: This article contains spoilers for season 1 of The Rings of Power

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has come to a spectacular conclusion, attention is inevitably shifting to the next episode of the programme. The Rings of Power season 1 finale included exciting action and momentous revelations, however even while many unresolved plot lines were wrapped up, the eighth episode left many unanswered concerns.

It’s fortunate that a second season is currently in development, with appearances from Sauron, The Stranger, Nori Brandyfoot, and Galadriel (played by Markella Kavenagh), Elrond (Robert Aramayo), and The Stranger (Morfydd Clark) all possible. If you’re itching to know when season 2 be released, who can we expect back and where the plot will be heading, then read on for everything you need to know about The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 2.

Release date rumours for Rings of Power season 2

Season 2 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will probably air in 2024.

There were rumours that Amazon Studios was accelerating the second season’s production, which started in the UK in October 2022. Showrunner Patrick McKay, though, suggested that it might take the show “a couple of years” to complete the next season in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

The head of Amazon Studios, Jennifer Salke, informed Variety that “season 2 is now being produced.
We’ll provide that as soon as we can to the public. The shortest gap between seasons is ideal, but the standard must remain very high.
So whatever it takes will be done.

These guys have been writing during their break since there has been a need to move rapidly.
We are moving quickly. The upcoming season, which is anticipated to have eight episodes, will not be produced in New Zealand, unlike the first season.

Cast of Rings of Power season 2

The following cast members can be expected to return for the second season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.

  • Morfydd Clark as Galadriel
  • Charlie Vickers as Sauron
  • Markella Kavenagh as Elanor ‘Nori’ Brandyfoot
  • Robert Aramayo as Elrond
  • Benjamin Walker as High King Gil-galad
  • Ismael Cruz Córdova as Arondir
  • Nazanin Boniadi as Bronwyn
  • Tyroe Muhafidin as Theo
  • Charles Edwards as Celebrimbor
  • Daniel Weyman as The Stranger
  • Owain Arthur as Prince Durin IV
  • Sophia Nomvete as Princess Disa
  • Peter Mullan as King Durin III
  • Lloyd Owen as Elendil
  • Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Queen Regent Míriel
  • Trystan Gravelle as Pharazôn
  • Maxim Baldry as Isildur
  • Ema Horvath as Eärien
  • Joseph Mawle as Adar
  • Geoff Morrell as Waldreg
  • Leon Wadham as Kemen
  • Alex Tarrant as Valandil

It remains to be seen if we will see the rest of the Harfoot community again, as the likes of Poppy Proudfellow (Megan Richards) and the Brandyfoot clan went their separate ways to Nori who is bound on an adventure with The Stranger.

However, even if they don’t return next season, expect them back in future.

Sara Zwangobani as Marigold Brandyfoot, Dylan Smith as Largo Brandyfoot, Beau Cassidy as Dilly, Markella Kavenagh as Elanor ‘Nori’ Brandyfoot
The Brandyfoots. Ben Rothstein/Amazon Studios

On their return, showrunner Patrick McKay told press: “I mean, 100 per cent, the idea of Nori having this parting with Poppy and her mother and her father and the reunion? Oh, my God, when do we get to play that?

“Those are important characters. The role of the Harfoots in the world is a huge one over the whole season; these are not people who have a home, right? The first thing you think of when you think of hobbits is, ‘Well, they’re in the Shire.’ And part of the epic, I think, Second Age, is like, ‘Well, where did those people come from?’ Hopefully, it’s a winding journey to get there, but all those people have a role to play in it.

“And one of the things we love about these kinds of shows is that eventually, they get dozens of interesting characters. You know, they can be gone for an entire season, they can pop back in a season and a half down the road, and then suddenly, it’s like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I love those people, and then they bring an entirely new flavour back.'”

Speaking to press, McKay said: “‘Why would Elves need rings? Why would they want rings? Why would this guy have an offer that would be tempting for them?’ is very much what the entire first season is sort of building to.

“The first conversations about the show [revolved around] the idea of Galadriel on one journey, looking for a military solution to the darkness in Middle-earth, and Elrond on another journey going to Moria and trying to make an alliance that would be a solution to Middle-earth. And then, in the end, they would both fail and come together and someone would be there to say, ‘I know a third way.’ And so, the first season is about the Elven rings.

“The second season is very much about more rings. The song at the end, [of season 1], by Fiona Apple – which is like crazy dream come true – suggests there’s Three, then there’s Seven. Why would the Dwarves be desperate for rings? And how do they get seduced? And how do they get fooled? And then Men is an even more complex story.

“There are Nine leaders of Men who want power, and so each of those rings and the forging of them is not just like, ‘Now the magic thing got made’, but a story to be told. And I think there are other stories to be told as well, but certainly, we’ve kicked it off and next season is gonna go deeper into it.”

Charlie Vickers as Sauron in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
Charlie Vickers as Sauron in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Courtesy of Prime Video

Meanwhile, where does Sauron fit into the next season now his ruse as Halbrand has been exposed to Galadriel?

Actor Charlie Vickers told “So I know where the next season is going. But obviously, I can’t discuss that.’

However, he did tease of Sauron’s relationship with Adar: “But it’s certainly something that I was eager to discover and like things we’ve learned about as we’ve begun the second season, but there is a rich history there between the two of them. And I think that you see that in the sixth episode, you see that there’s something complex and some kind of, you know, a long-standing relationship there. Which I think will be really interesting to watch unfold as the show goes on.”

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