JD Payne, the showrunner of “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power”, has claimed that season 1 sets up events in season 5. The upcoming “The Lord of the Rings” prequel spin-off series, based on J. R. R. Tolkien’s world-renowned high fantasy novel “The Lord of the Rings”, will be set in the Second Age, before the wars that decimated Middle-Earth, the aftermath of which can be seen in Peter Jackson’s “The Lord of the Rings” films. The next show will explore the rise of the terrible Dark Lord Sauron and the events that occurred after the Rings of Power were forged.
“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” contains a large cast of various characters who appear in a plot that has been in development since 2018. However, because of legal concerns, the series will not immediately tie in with Peter Jackson’s popular “The Lord of the Rings” or The Hobbit films. Elrond, played this time by Robert Aramayo of Game of Thrones fame, Isildur, played by Maxim Baldry, and Galadriel, with Morfydd Clark taking up the role made famous by Cate Blanchett, will all return.
The showrunners for “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” recently spoke with Empire about how season 1 will directly lead into season 5. They had sketched out the entire scenario and knew every significant plot point throughout the series, according to Payne. Take a look at what the showrunner had to say in the video below.
“We even know what our final shot of the last episode is going to be. The rights that Amazon bought were for a 50-hour show. They knew from the beginning that was the size of the canvas – this 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.”
Despite having just uncredited and unproduced work under their belts, Payne, and co-showrunner Patrick McKay were hired to create the new series. J.J. Abrams is said to have recommended the two based on their work on a Star Trek movie. However, Amazon was impressed enough with the two’s idea for the show that they were recruited, and the pair has meticulously planned out the entire season.
Despite the fact that arranging events in season 1 for season 5 seems like something that should happen in every television show that lasts that long, many series get greenlit without a multi-season plan. Instead, a single season is written at a time, with only a hazy sense or no idea where the tale will go the following year. It takes a lot of planning and laying out the minutiae for a five-season series. The dedication to the story should allow for a singular vision, which will enable the series to maintain a strong narrative core throughout its duration. When “The Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power” premieres on Amazon on September 2, only time will tell if their hard work paid off.