What Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Needs to Fix for Season 2

When The Rings of Powers returns for season 2, let’s hope the Lord of the Rings series addresses these problems.

Galadriel, Gil-galad, and Elron in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
Photo: Ben Rothstein/Prime Video

The Rings of Power season 1 was the most expensive season of television ever made at the time of its debut in September 2022. Unsurprisingly, the premiere pulled in huge numbers for Amazon Prime Video, although reports suggest the series saw a steep drop in viewership in later weeks.

Despite winning a few awards and being nominated for many others, online fan discussion about the show has tended to be a bit on the negative side, particularly when compared with HBO’s House of the Dragon, which aired around the same time in 2022. Both were prequels to earlier hits, based on major fantasy franchises, spinning out fairly brief source material into something much longer and more detailed. But where House of the Dragon pulled fans back into George R.R. Martin’s Westeros after the last few seasons of Game of Thrones put many off, The Rings of Power was perceived as a disappointment by many Lord of the Rings fans, despite following up on the similarly disappointing Hobbit movies.

Some would say The Rings of Power was an unmitigated disaster, which is not really a fair assessment. The show is not a total failure and there are aspects of season 1 that worked really well. On the surface level, you can really see the amount of money that was thrown at the show up there on the screen. The costumes, sets, cinematography, and real-world locations are all absolutely beautiful. The season also produced some great dramatic moments as well, like Galadriel leaping off a boat to the Undying Lands in the first episode, the awakening of a Balrog, and the creation of Mordor through an eruption of Mount Doom.

In short, the show has a lot of promise, and we think season 2 has the potential to be really great – Amazon just needs to fix a few things from season 1…


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