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“Might have a chance of becoming half decent”: The Rings of Power Gets Blasted for Filming Season 2 Without Writers

"Might have a chance of becoming half decent": The Rings of Power Gets Blasted for Filming Season 2 Without Writers

Amazon Prime Video’s ambitious show is the latest major production to proceed amidst the labor dispute. Despite the ongoing WGA strike, production of the highly anticipated television series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is forging ahead, albeit without the expertise of executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. 

the ring of power
The Rings of Power

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is a TV series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic fantasy novels. Produced by Amazon Prime Video, the show is set in Middle-earth. It promises to delve deeper into the history and mythology of the iconic realm, revealing untold stories and new characters.

Also Read: Amazon’s The Rings of Power Has Reportedly Lost Almost Two-Thirds of its Domestic Viewers Despite Mammoth $60M Per Episode Cost

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Producers Take The ‘Show Must Go On’ Approach

According to Variety, the grandiose fantasy series still has 19 days of filming left. Still, due to the WGA strike regulations, executive producers J.D. Payne, Patrick McKay, and other writer-producers cannot engage in any writing-related activities during production while the strike persists. This includes being involved in any creative decision-making processes on set. Fans were clearly not happy to learn about the new developments.


Instead, the show’s non-writing executive producers, such as Lindsey Weber and directors Charlotte Brändström, Sanaa Hamri, and Louise Hooper, supervise the U.K.-based shoot. The crew is also playing an essential role in overseeing production.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

A source has revealed that The Rings of Power production has involved several units, including night shoots, throughout the season, reflecting the ambitious cinematic scale of the show. Executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay had also meticulously collaborated with the production team beforehand to ensure that their possible absence due to the ongoing writers’ strike would have minimal impact on the show’s quality.

Also Read: ‘You’re probably going to see a dumbed down version’: Amazon Diluting Henry Cavill’s Warhammer 40K Series Like They Did With ‘The Rings of Power’?

An Industry-wide Shutdown In The Offing

The ongoing writers’ strike is already putting immense pressure on current film and television productions. The situation is further complicated by the upcoming June 30 contract deadline for SAG-AFTRA and the DGA. Failure to reach a new agreement between these guilds and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers could result in actors and directors joining the writers’ strike. This could potentially trigger a drastic industry-wide shutdown.

Rings of Power dives into Tolkien's Middle-earth history
The Rings of Power dives into Tolkien’s Middle-earth history

Production of The Rings of Power” relocated from New Zealand to the UK for its eight-episode second season, which commenced filming on October 3, 2022. The series boasts a lineup of top-notch executive producers, such as Callum Greene, Justin Doble, Jason Cahill, and Gennifer Hutchison. Charlotte Brändström is a co-executive producer, Kate Hazell, and Helen Shang are producers, and Andrew Lee, Matthew Penry-Davey, and Clare Buxton are co-producers.

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power caused a stir in the entertainment industry when it was released last year. However, a recent report hinted that a significant portion of its initial audience has disengaged from the series and failed to watch all the episodes. It remains to be seen if this trend will continue with the second season.


Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is available for streaming on Amazon Prime Video.

Also Read: Amazon Spent $500M To Make ‘The Rings of Power’ Most Expensive Show Ever Made – Lost To Netflix’s Stranger Things Made With Half That Budget

Source: Variety

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