The first installment of ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ has just come to an end with the premiere of ‘Allies’, but JD Payne and Patrick McKayseries showrunners amazonThey have been working on the second season for a long time. Now they have made some striking statements about it, even comparing it to ‘The Dark Knight’ and Sauron to Walter White and Tony Soprano.
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“Sauron can now just be Sauron”
Payne recalls in The Hollywood Reporter that “The first season begins with: Who is Galadriel? Where does he come from? What has he suffered? What motivates her? We’re going to do the same thing with Sauron in season two. We’ll fill in all the missing pieces“, to which McKay add the following:
Sauron can now just be Sauron. Like Tony Soprano or Walter White. He is evil, but complexly evil. We felt that if we did that in the first season, he would overshadow everything else. So the first season is like ‘Batman Begins,’ and ‘The Dark Knight’ is the next movie, with Sauron maneuvering in the open air. We are very excited. The second season has a canon story. There may be viewers who say, “This is the story we hoped to get in the first season!” In season two, we’re going to give it to him.
In addition, they clarified that the objective of the first season was never to surprise viewers with the revelation that Halbrand is Sauron. After all, it was probably the most widespread theory among fans. Payne clarifies the following on that subject:
If you have a suspicion for a whole season, and then that suspicion is finally confirmed, that’s an emotional commitment. Tragedy is one of the highest forms of art. There’s a reason people keep playing Romeo and Juliet hundreds of years after it was written, even though they know what happens at the end. A surprise only rewards you in one viewing.
Thus, McKay encourages everyone to rewatch the entire first season nowsince “now is a different experience” and adds that “hopefully as we get into the second season, it will make people like the first season more because now they will see it through a new prism“.