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Rings of Power season 2 release date speculation, cast, plot, and news

Get ready to return to Middle-earth! Here we break down everything you need to know about The Rings of Power season 2 release date.

Rings of Power season 2 release date

What is the Rings of Power season 2 release date? Amazon Prime’s Middle-earth series, The Rings of Power, has given fans plenty to talk about and look forward to with magic, battles, and big reveals. After the first season, we’re already dying for more as we continue our way through Tolkien’s Second Age.

Luckily for all you Lord of the Rings fans, one of the best fantasy series in years is officially renewed over at Amazon Prime Video. That means more Lord of the Rings characters, including Sauron, Galadriel, dwarves, elves, and a wizard or two, are heading back to our small screens in the future! With that in mind, The Digital Fix has put on its Tolkien hat and is ready to answer all your questions about the hit show down below.

Rings of Power season 2 release date speculation

The Rings of Power season 2 release date hasn’t been confirmed, but we expect it will be late 2024 or early 2025.

We say this despite Amazon’s co-head of TV series, Vernon Sanders, saying that the studio would love to get season 2 out within a year of season 1’s release. Getting season 2 out before 2024 is a lofty ask, and that’s before we consider how the 2023 Writers Strike and Actors Strike affected the series.

Filming for season 2 kicked off in October 2022 and had reportedly already wrapped filming when the strikes began. But without any actors open to promote the series, and with us already nearing 2023, it’s unlikely that we will see the series return by December.

And that’s not even taking into account the huge amount of post-production work that’ll be needed. When you consider all these factors, 2025 is the safest bet.

The Rings of Power season 2 release date: Halbrand as Sauron returning to Mordor

Who’s in the Rings of Power season 2 cast?

The majority of actors from the first season will appear on the Rings of Power season 2 cast list, including Morfydd Clark as the elf Galadriel, Robert Aramayo as Elrond, Daniel Weyman as The Stranger, and Ismael Cruz Córdova as Arondir.

On top of that, it was also announced that seven new actors are joining the Rings of Power cast. They’re listed below, but they aren’t currently attached to any characters except for Sam Hazeldine, who will replace Joseph Mawle as Adar.

Alongside him will be Ciaran Hinds, known for his role as Game of Thrones character Mance Rayder and the DC villain Steppenwolf, and Rory Kinnear, who you’ll recognize from the James Bond movies. Tanya Moodie is also in, and you may recognize her from the Star Wars movie The Rise of Skywalker.

Here is the Rings of Power season 2 cast list:

  • Morfydd Clark as Galadriel
  • Charlie Vickers as Halbrand/Sauron
  • Robert Aramayo as Elrond
  • Daniel Weyman as The Stranger
  • Markella Kavenagh as Nori Brandyfoot
  • Benjamin Walker as Gil-galad
  • Charles Edwards as Celebrimbor
  • Owain Arthur as Prince Durin
  • Sophia Nomvete as Princess Disa
  • Peter Mullan as King Durin III
  • Ismael Cruz Córdova as Arondir
  • Nazanin Boniadi as Bronwyn
  • Tyroe Muhafidin as Theo
  • Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Queen Regent Míriel
  • Trystan Gravelle as Pharazôn
  • Lloyd Owen as Elendil
  • Maxim Baldry as Isildur
  • Ema Horvath as Eärien
  • Leon Wadham as Kemen
  • Sam Hazeldine as Adar
  • Gabriel Akuwudike
  • Yasen ‘Zates’ Atour
  • Ben Daniels
  • Amelia Kenworthy
  • Nia Towle
  • Nicholas Woodeson
  • Ciaran Hinds
  • Rory Kinnear
  • Tanya Moodie

The Rings of Power season 2 release date: Dwarves singing to the mountain

What will happen in Rings of Power season 2?

With no official synopsis yet, we think the Rings of Power season 2 plot will address Sauron’s return to Mordor, see more Rings of Power forged, and reveal more details about The Stranger’s quest and identity. 

The first story point likely to show up in season 2 is with Adar and his orcs, who will likely clash with Sauron as he returns to Mordor. In season one, it was revealed that Halbrand was, in fact, Sauron, and the last we saw of the disguised dark Lord, he was walking through the fiery Southlands where Adar resides.

Speaking of Halbrand’s identity, Galadriel must be fuming after his betrayal, and the hunt for Sauron is likely to kick up a gear. The two had a semi-romantic relationship, and nothing is scarier than a badass elf scorned. However, Galadriel may be shifting on the romantic interest front.

In season 1, she seemed to believe her husband Celeborn was dead, but as he appears in the Lord of the Rings movies and the two are meant to have a child together (who will be Elrond‘s wife and mother to Arwen), we’re sure that he is alive…Do I sense a love triangle brewing? It’s all very spicy, isn’t it?

Three Rings of Power have been made, meaning that we will see either the Seven Dwarf Rings or Nine Rings of Men being created in the second season. Elrond and Durin will likely work together on this front, as we suspect the half-elf will tell his bestie about the creation of the three Elf rings. We are also expecting to see Durin come to blows with his father once again, as more Mithril will be needed, too.

Speaking at a press conference (via RadioTimes), showrunner Patrick McKay said: “The second season is very much about more rings. The song at the end [of season 1], by Fiona Apple – which is like a crazy dream come true – suggests there’s Three, then there’s Seven. Why would the Dwarves be desperate for rings? And how do they get seduced? And how do they get fooled? And then Men is an even more complex story.”

“There are Nine leaders of Men who want power, and so each of those rings and the forging of them is not just like, ‘Now the magic thing got made,’ but a story to be told,” he continued. “And I think there are other stories to be told as well, but certainly, we’ve kicked it off, and next season is gonna go deeper into it.”

We also have the Stranger and the Harfoot hobbit Nori traveling for some mysterious reason, and of course, Numenor looks as if it will have its hands full with a power struggle following its king’s death. So yeah, it looks like The Rings of Power season 2 will have an exciting and packed plot, to say the least.

Rings of Power season 2 release date: Maxim Baldry as Isildur

Is there a Rings of Power season 2 trailer?

Currently, there is no Rings of Power season 2 trailer, but we expect to see one by mid-2024 (fingers crossed). 

Because filming is over and the series is heading into post-production, we can probably expect the first images to be coming through sometime in early 2024. Not long after that, a trailer should drop after a few teasers and give us our first proper look at the next set of adventures in Middle-earth.

In the meantime, you can watch a trailer for the first season below.

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Where can I watch Rings of Power season 2?

Rings of Power season 2 will stream exclusively on Amazon Prime Video when it releases, likely in a weekly format.

This is just like Rings of Power season 1, which streamed weekly on Amazon Prime — which you can sign up for here. Any future seasons of the series will also debut on the streaming service, which has reportedly poured billions of dollars into the creation of the show. While you’re here, why not check out everything new on Amazon Prime this month?

Rings of Power season 2 release date: Sophia Nomvete as Disa

How many episodes are in Rings of Power season 2?

Just like season 1, Rings of Power season 2 will have eight episodes.

And there you have it, fantasy folks! Everything you need to know about The Rings of Power season 2 release date. For more killer stories, here are our guides to how to watch the Lord of the Rings movies in order, and the best Rings of Power characters so far. And if you want to catch up with your favorite Game of Thrones characters, then check out our guide to House of the Dragon season 2. Don’t miss out on our breakdown of the Lord of the Rings cast and best fantasy movies, too.

Alternatively, stick with Middle-earth and learn about the new Lord of the Rings movie with our guide to the War of the Rohirrim release date, as well as our explainers on its characters, including Eowyn, Aragorn, and Gollum.