Everything you need to know about Rings of Power season 2

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The war over Middle-earth will continue to unfold with the upcoming season of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. Though not everyone jumped on the hype train for season 1, the upcoming season seems ready to build upon the grand epic established so far.

Until the heroes of Middle-earth return to TV screens, here’s everything that has been revealed about season 2 of The Rings of Power.

When will season 2 come out?

Morfyyd Clark in "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power."
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The second season of The Rings of Power is scheduled to premiere with its first three episodes on August 29, 2024, just two days shy of the show’s two-year anniversary. The remaining five episodes will be released on a weekly basis, with the finale scheduled for October 3.

What will happen in Rings of Power season 2?

Halbrand looks into the camera in "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power."
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It remains to be seen what will occur in season 2, but since the series is based on The Silmarillion, that text should provide hints as to what will unfold. In Tolkien’s book, King Pharazôn and his army sailed to Middle-earth and brought Sauron to Númenor as their prisoner, only for the Dark Lord to tempt him and his people with the promise of eternal life if they worshipped Morgoth.

Since King Tar-Palantir died in season 1, it is implied that Pharazôn will usurp the throne as Queen Regent Míriel sails back home. Thus, audiences could see Sauron ruling over Númenor as Pharazôn’s adviser, leading to the attempted invasion of Valinor and Númenor’s destruction, as foreshadowed by Galadriel’s vision of the flooding city.

Likewise, the first season showed the Elves forging the first three Rings of Power with the help of Halbrand, only for Galadriel to discover her friend and ally was Sauron in disguise. Thus, the season ended with the Dark Lord moving toward Mount Doom, likely to forge the One Ring.

The latest trailer shows Sauron taking on a new Elven form, most likely his appearance as “Annatar, the Lord of Gifts” from the source material. This implies Sauron will use this disguise to deceive his enemies into helping him forge the remaining Rings of Power (one of which is shown in the hands of Durin III).

At the same time, the wizard, known only as the Stranger, is seen in a desert location, which is likely in the land of Rhûn. Audiences last saw him set off to this eastern region with Nori, and the arid landscape fits the description of Rhûn in Tolkien’s story.

The creation of the remaining Rings of Power

An elven tower stands over Middle-earth in a scene from The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
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Though only three Rings of Power have been created so far, season 2 could show the remaining Rings being given to the Dwarves and the nine Men who would be corrupted by Sauron and turned into the Nazgûl. Thus, audiences may see Galadriel face the consequences of her forging the first three Rings despite knowing Halbrand’s true identity.

This would especially be the case if season 2 shows Sauron invading the Elven city of Eregion, like in the book. Such a pivotal battle is rumored to have been filmed in a two-episode storyline for the series, with Arondir and Elrond teaming up to fight an Orc army and protect Eregion, which set photos seem to reveal to be in a state of disarray.

As for the Dwarves, season 2 may show them seal the mystical Doors of Durin to Khazad-dûm now that Sauron has been discovered. However, this may trap them with something far worse, as season 1 revealed their mining had roused a Balrog from its slumber deep underground. With the trailer showing the crumbling Dwarven city, it seems the fiery demon will crawl out of the depths and destroy Khazad-dûm, becoming the creature known as Durin’s Bane, whom Gandalf fights in The Fellowship of the Ring.

Who will appear in Rings of Power season 2?

Adar in "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power."
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While much of the original cast will return for season 2, actor Sam Hazeldine will portray the fallen Elf and Orc leader Adar instead of Joseph Mawle. It remains to be seen if Hazeldine can live up to Mawle’s performance as the tragic villain, which was a highlight of the previous season.

Likewise, season 2 will feature new cast members Gabriel Akuwudike, Yasen Atour, Ben Daniels, Amelia Kenworth, Nia Towle, Nicholas Woodeson, Oliver Alvin-Wilson, Stuart Bowman, Gavi Singh Chera, William Chubb, Kevin Eldon, Will Keen, Selina Lo, and Calam Lynch.

Though most of the new characters are unknown, there have been rumors that Indian actor Gavi Singh Chera will portray Sauron in his original form. The trailer also features one of the Great Eagles, implying they will join the fight against Sauron and the forces of Mordor.

Is there a trailer for Rings of Power season 2?

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On May 14, Amazon released the first trailer for the new season.

The official Rings of Power Twitter account also reawakened in March with a post depicting three passages from the Lord of the Rings trilogy to celebrate Tolkien Reading Day. These quotes referencing Sauron, the Dwarves, the Elves, and the Three Rings seem to foreshadow what fans will witness in the new season.

Who is directing Rings of Power season 2?

Isildur looks on in "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power."
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The Rings of Power showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay will continue to oversee the second season’s production. So far, Charlotte Brändström (Shōgun, The Witcher) has been confirmed to direct the first, third, seventh, and eighth episodes, after having already directed six of the eight episodes from season 1.

What will Rings of Power season 2 look like?

Galadriel walks in a fiery wasteland in "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power."
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After season 1 set up the world of the story and the brewing conflict, season 2 has been promised by Brändström to be “darker,” “edgier,” and “more character-driven.”

“I think it’s going to be a very good season. We tried to make it more gritty, a little bit more dirty I guess. And not in the image, but to make it as authentic as possible. We have some very surprising twists and turns in it as well,” Brändström added in an interview with Collider.

A darker story should be entertaining indeed, especially since season 1 ended with the Southlands getting scorched by Mount Doom and the heroes setting up their own destruction at the hands of Sauron. As a result, the series’ new episodes should reap the emotional and shocking epic that season 1 had sown.