Evil Returns in the First Trailer for Rings of Power Season Two

Evil returns to Middle-earth, albeit with a much fairer appearance.

The first season of Amazon’s The Rings of Power may have played a little fast and loose with J. R. R. Tolkien’s mythos, which no doubt upset the purists out there, but it was filled with a sense of scope and ambition that was hard not to admire. Even when the series stumbled, I was still caught up in its storytelling. As I wrote in my review back in 2022:

So yes, The Rings of Power is flawed, but its heart (and sense of ambition) is, without a doubt, in the right place. There are, of course, countless different storylines that the series could’ve explored… But for all its flaws, I see a lot of fidelity to the spirit and tone of Tolkien’s works, if not the letter.

Needless to say, I’ve been looking forward to the second season, and how it’ll pick up where the first season left off with the creation of Mordor, the revelation of Sauron, and the forging of the first three Rings of Power. Amazon has released the first teaser for the new season, which makes it clear that evil has returned to Middle-earth — or maybe it’s been there all along? — albeit with a much fairer appearance.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Sauron has returned. Cast out by Galadriel, without army or ally, the rising Dark Lord must now rely on his own cunning to rebuild his strength and oversee the creation of the Rings of Power, which will allow him to bind all the peoples of Middle-earth to his sinister will. Building on Season 1’s epic scope and ambition, Season 2 of Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power plunges even its most beloved and vulnerable characters into a rising tide of darkness, challenging each to find their place in a world that is increasingly on the brink of calamity. Elves and dwarves, orcs and men, wizards and Harfoots… as friendships are strained and kingdoms begin to fracture, the forces of good will struggle ever more valiantly to hold on to what matters to them most of all… each other.

The second season of The Rings of Power begins streaming on Amazon Prime Video on August 29, 2024.

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