Spoilers for season 1 forward.
With the primary rings solid and the true identification of Galadriel’s boyfriend—er, sorry, mortal enemy—revealed, the Rings of Energy is lastly ramping up now that its first season has aired. However the fires of Mount Doom will watch for no man (or elf), and also you’d higher imagine Amazon Prime Video plans to take advantage of its Lord of the Rings IP for so long as potential. (There are nonetheless extra J.R.R. Tolkien footnotes to discover!) Thus, one other 4 seasons of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy are already queued up, as Rings co-showrunner J.D. Payne revealed earlier than the primary season had even premiered.
“There are issues within the first season that don’t repay till season 5,” Payne instructed Empire in June 2022. “We even know what our ultimate shot of the final episode goes to be.”
With that in thoughts, right here’s what we learn about what’s subsequent for Center-earth.
Will Rings of Energy have a season 2?
Sure, and three extra after. Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios, revealed throughout an interview with Selection, “We’re constructing infrastructure for 5 seasons. We’re constructing a small metropolis. We have been all the time going to spend what we would have liked to spend to get it proper.”
When will season 2 of Rings of Energy come out?
5 seasons are deliberate in whole, with season 2 anticipated sooner reasonably than later—presumably even in 2023. As Salke revealed, the sophomore chapter is already in manufacturing. “We’re going to get that out into the world as quickly as we are able to,” she instructed Selection. “We wish the shortest time potential between seasons, however we wish to maintain the bar simply as excessive. So it’ll take what it takes. However there’s been some urgency round transferring rapidly, which is why these guys have been writing all via their hiatus. We’re transferring quick.” As of March 2023, the forged was nonetheless filming within the U.Okay.
Who will likely be within the forged?
A lot of the fundamental forged is anticipated to return, together with Morfydd Clark, Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Charlie Vickers, Markella Kavenagh, Daniel Weyman, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Sophia Nomvete, and extra.
However Prime Video has additionally introduced additions to the already sprawling forged. One as-yet unannounced newcomer will play Círdan, an outdated, smart elf with a vital position in not solely Center-earth’s Second Age, but additionally its Third and Fourth.
On high of this TBD actor, Prime Video has introduced that numerous others will be a part of season 2: Gabriel Akuwudike (Hanna); Yasen ‘Zates’ Atour (The Witcher); Ben Daniels (The Crown); Amelia Kenworthy; Nia Towle (Persuasion); Nicholas Woodeson (Silent Witness, Skyfall); Sam Hazeldine (Peaky Blinders), taking up for Joseph Mawle because the orc villain Adar; Ciarán Hinds (Sport of Thrones); Rory Kinnear (Skyfall, Spectre); and Tanya Moodie (Motherland).
What is going to season 2 be about?
We don’t know a lot about subsequent season’s plot particulars simply but, although Galadriel will possible nonetheless be reeling from her crush-gone-wrong, bless her. As Payne instructed Esquire in an October 2022 interview, “Even figuring out that Sauron was partially concerned within the science behind the making of the rings, we see [Galadriel] give the go-ahead to make the rings anyway. She additionally has to bear some duty: ‘I empowered the Darkish Lord. I saved his life on a raft. I used to be social gathering to him coming from obscurity to move a military.’ That’s rather a lot she has to wrestle with and be accountable for. I believe we are able to anticipate to see her having to select up these threads and see how these selections affect her varied relationships.”
We are able to due to this fact anticipate some pressure between Galadriel and Elrond, the latter of whom appeared to be taught of Halbrand’s true identification from a family tree scroll he scoops up within the ultimate moments of season 1. “I believe it’s fairly clear on the finish that there’s a little bit of battle in that second,” author Gennifer Hutchinson instructed Polygon. “She’s made an enormous ask of him. We actually did wish to have that. ‘That is the true check; you mentioned you’ll belief me.’ We actually needed to make it possible for got here via.”
And as Charlie Vickers’s Halbrand steps towards the lava-spewing mouth of Mount Doom within the ultimate frames of season 1, we are able to anticipate a lot greater stakes in season 2. The actual battle is about to start.
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Lauren Puckett-Pope is a employees tradition author at ELLE, the place she primarily covers movie, tv and books. She was beforehand an affiliate editor at ELLE.