The Lord of the Rings is about to make a grand return as a new series is on the horizon titled The Rings of Power. It looks like showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay, alongside director and executive producer JA Bayona, have already mapped out the entire series, which will consist of five seasons. They plan to explore all that Middle-Earth has to offer and they already know exactly what the final shot for the last episode will be.
We even know what our final shot of the last episode is going to be. The rights that Amazon bought were for a 50-hour show. They knew from the beginning that was the size of the canvas – this was a big story with a clear beginning, middle and end. There are things in the first season that don’t pay off until Season 5.JD Payne
They also talk about the inspirations that the book’s original author J. R. R. Tolkien had intended with his original book series.
It was like Tolkien put some stars in the sky and let us make out the constellations. In his letters [particularly in one to his publisher], Tolkien talked about wanting to leave behind a mythology that ‘left scope for other minds and hands, wielding the tools of paint, music and drama.’ We’re doing what Tolkien wanted. As long as we felt like every invention of ours was true to his essence, we knew we were on the right track.JD Payne
The series is going to be the most expensive produced series ever, and it’s insane to think just how committed Amazon is to this series. Ordering five seasons early on showcases how much they believe in the potential and we’ll see how it may honor the iconic fantasy novels and films that came before it.