The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is one of the most talked about shows of 2022, and the series has garnered critical acclaim since its debut. Of course, it’s also received its fair share of criticism. And like most shows, Amazon’s Lord of the rings Series had to gain a foothold in Season 1. The Rings of Power Season 2 has a chance to improve on the shortcomings of the first outing. Here are three things the show should do better when it returns.
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A notable weakness of The Rings of Power Season 1 is her pacing, and that can probably be attributed to the overall setup that was required in the early episodes. While some of the later parts of the first season had a good balance of action and suspense, just as many felt like nothing of note had actually happened.
In that regard, the pacing felt unbalanced, with some episodes dragging far more than others. Even the pacing from scene to scene was a bit off at times The Rings of Power Season 2 will hopefully be able to improve. Finally, the show no longer needs to flesh out characters and storylines. Now it can chug ahead full steam ahead and make the most of its hour-long runtimes.
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The Rings of Power Season 1 didn’t reveal the whereabouts of Sauron (Charlie Vickers) until the very end, leaving the first few episodes unable to further explain the villain’s motivations. Happily, The Rings of Power Season 2 will be able to flesh out Sauron as a character.
Now that we know the truth about Halbrand, there’s no need for secrets. Instead, we can follow him into the heart of Mordor and learn what he has planned for Middle-earth.
And from what showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay told The Hollywood Reporter, it looks like we can expect more glimpses of Sauron in Season 2.
“Season 1 begins with Who is Galadriel? where did she come from What did she suffer? Why is she being driven?” Payne explained. “We’re doing the same thing with Sauron in Season 2. We’re going to fill in any missing pieces.”
It’s an exciting prospect and hopefully it will feed into Middle-earth politics in some way.
The Rings of Power has a very different feel to shows like game of Thrones and house of the dragon. However, the Amazon series could benefit from getting a little more involved in its politics. Now that Númenor’s loyalties are divided, The Rings of Power Season 2 can use this to fuel political tensions. The migration of people from the Southlands and the rise of Sauron will open up opportunities for that too. And it would certainly make the slower moments more compelling while making Middle-earth feel more real.
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