‘It’s a Labor of Love’: Rings Of Power Showrunners Address Season 1 Critics


Prime Video power rings the showrunners, Patrick McKay and JD Payne, respond to criticism against the first season. Serving as a prequel to the events of Peter Jackson The Lord of the Rings, power rings is a five-season installment from Amazon.

Morfydd Clark as Galadriel, the Rings of Power

The series is set in the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the original trilogy. The show has already received many negative reviews despite only airing six episodes. Fans criticized even the smallest details, from the Elves’ hairstyle to aesthetic choices. It also doesn’t help that it received low scores on Rotten Tomatoes.

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Rings Of Power Showrunners React To Show’s Negative Reception

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Showrunners McKay and Payne spoke The Hollywood Reporter about those critics and what they learned while filming the first season. The duo still hope that the series will meet the expectations of viewers.

McKay: Part of what has been hardest to hear is the cynical view that this is a cash grab. It’s like, oh my God, the opposite. It is the most serious production. It’s not paid work for anyone. It’s a labor of love. Some people had great things to say about the pilot and the second episode, or they didn’t have great things to say, but hopefully they’ll stick around for more episodes. The bar must continue to rise.

Payne: One of the big things we’ve learned is that even when it’s a small scene, it always has to be tied to bigger issues. Some things get critical acclaim, win tons of awards, and get forgotten the next year. Conversely, some things don’t get much love but become watched classics 60 years later. I think it will take time for the dust to settle.

Establishing a story usually takes a few episodes before things fall into place, and it’s the same situation for power rings. Episode 6 has been well received so far, compared to previous ones, indicating that the series is finally setting the tone and laying the groundwork for future episodes.

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The stakes are high, the competition is getting tight

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Prime Video’s Rings of Power

Rumors of a more action-packed season two might keep audiences invested in the show, but an epic episode of battles and clashing swords guarantees nothing, especially after the diversity and casting backlash.

Note that Prime Video power rings is one of the most expensive series ever made for television, with a whopping $1 billion budget. The push to win and keep a high audience is Amazon’s top priority, especially now that HBO Dragon House viewership skyrockets with each episode.

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