Lord of the Rings: The Ring of Power season 2 has reportedly begun filming in the UK. According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on the Middle-earth prequel series is underway at Bray Studios outside London. The broadcast of the sophomore was first announced back in 2019, and co-showrunner JD Payne later confirmed that The Lord of the Rings had committed to Amazon for five seasons. For fans, that means up to 50 hours of LOTR content to explore. Additionally, Ring of Might Season 2 will introduce a new character, Círdan the Shipwright, one of the wisest and most visionary of the elves. Currently, there is no news about their casting.

While the UK isn’t synonymous with the Lord of the Rings franchise — New Zealand was the location for the first season and Peter Jackson’s original trilogy — Amazon’s decision to span halfway around the world, starting with The Ring of Power 2 seasons. Season 1 was filmed during the COVID-19 pandemic and ran over 18 months with 8 episodes per week. The second season will follow suit in terms of episode count, and Amazon will set up a “multiple show center” in the UK, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

On August’s episode of The Playlist, co-showrunner Patrick McKay pointed out that the reason for the shift was to emulate author JRR Tolkien’s writing style and vibe. “Tolkien was writing about the British Isles. He was writing about his own backyard, and his descriptions of the nature here, the air here, the light here, and the grass here are important parts of these books.” How the journey to faraway lands is a recurring theme in LOTR’s books, though there’s no indication how this will affect the show’s plot beats. Will these characters actually travel to new lands? Only time will tell, as The Ring of Thrones season 1 is gearing up for its seventh episode, which airs this Friday.

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Last month, Amazon Prime Video confirmed that “The Ring of Power” attracted 25 million global viewers in its first 24 hours, making it the biggest premiere on the service. That said, this will be the first time the company has publicly broken down its internal TV ratings. Second, like most OTT platforms, Prime Video has never clearly defined what constitutes “watching.”

Around that time, reports emerged that Amazon was adding a 72-hour delay to all user reviews of the show because it became too harmful and hindered its performance. Over a three-day period, each review will go through an evaluation process to determine whether they are genuine or robot-generated. This feature is currently not available in India, hence the IMDb rating.

The Lord of the Rings: The Ring of Power streams new episodes every Friday at 9.30am on Amazon Prime Video India.

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