The Rings of Power: Producers comment on season 2's deadly battle

Series returns on August 29th

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The second season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power promises to bring a darker side to the story, focusing on the threat of Sauron. "Every soul in Middle-Earth is in danger," said the latest teaser released. Now, series producers Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne have commented on a deadly, multi-army battle to come in the new episodes.

"We like to say that the first season was mostly about our heroes. But the second season is all about the villains. This time, Sauron's agenda sets everything in motion: Adar and his army of orcs; Galadriel, Elrond, and Gil-galad and his armies of elves," they told TotalFilm. “Everyone will come together in the most ambitious battle our show has ever seen, a battle that many will clash with. Great characters may not make it out alive.”

The series brings to the screen for the first time the heroic legends of the fantastic Second Age of Middle-earth history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and will take audiences to an era in which great powers were formed, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unexpected heroes were tested, hope hung by a thread, and the greatest villain to ever emerge from Tolkien's pen threatened to cover the entire world in darkness. We will see the forging of the rings of power, the rise of Sauron, the epic story of Númenor, and the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.

Robert Aramayo, Owain Arthur, Nazanin Boniadi, Tom Budge, Morfydd Clark, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Benjamin Walker, Peter Mullan, Maxim Baldry, Ian Blackburn, Kip Chapman, Anthony Crum, Maxine Cunliffe, Trystan Gravelle and others are in the cast. The first season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is available entirely on Prime Video. The second season, which will have eight episodes, is already filming in the United Kingdom. It is the first time that a Middle-earth story has been filmed outside New Zealand.

For the second season, there is news in the cast: Joseph Mawle (Game of Thrones) will no longer play the dark elf Adar. In his place comes Sam Hazeldine (Peaky Blinders). New names include Ciarán Hinds (Belfast), Rory Kinnear (007 Franchise), Tanya Moodle (Sherlock, Gabriel Akuwudike (Ridley Road), Yasen “Zates” Atour (The Witcher), Ben Daniels (The Crown), newcomer Amelia Kenworthy, Nia Towle (Persuasion) and Nicholas Woodeson (Rome).

The premiere of the second season is scheduled for August 29th this year.