10 Things To Expect From The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power Season 2

The Lord of the Rings prequel has concluded, but boy do we have some questions...

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It has been hailed as a "Game of Thrones" beater, to a shameless corporate cash grab, and everything in-between. But make no mistake, Amazon's "The Lord of the Ring: The Rings of Power" garnered enough attention that a second season is already in production. Which is surprising; since the first season's finale saw all plots and threads tied off in a way that left no questions lingering...

... said no one ever.

Although we all know that this show is heading towards the 8-minute prologue of "The Fellowship of the Ring" movie, "The Lord of the Rings" prequel has succeeded in getting viewers to wonder just how will it tie in. The movies had to establish so much backstory in such a short space of time, that there was barely time to take it in. What we do know, however, is that the end of "The Rings of Power" both seems to be heading in that direction and steering way off course... at the same time.

From cracks in some characters inherent plot armour, to suggestions of progenitor fellowships: here are ten things we hope to see unravelled a little more in "The Rings of Power" season two...

(By the way, if you haven't read the books or seen the original LotR trilogy, then be warned: there be SPOILERS ahead. For, like, everything.)

10. Shadow Of The East

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At the end of the first season, The Stranger (definitely Gandalf ) and Nori are setting out eastwards on their journey for answers; specifically to the city of Rhûn. The city got a couple of namedrops during the series closer, and whilst that may have resonated with the more avid fans, one thing to learn is that the ruler of that place is known as Khamûl. In time (and the books,) Sauron gives him and eight other kings of men their own rings of power, and then later calls in a favour by turning them into the Nazgûl (Ringwraiths).

There are only two Nazgul named in the LotR trilogy, The Witch King of Angmar, and Khamûl, who is by then known as the "Shadow of the East."

Interestingly, we haven't really been eastwards yet in "RoP" as much of the action was in the Southlands (sorry; Mordor), and the West. Those three witches were from there, apparently, so it's possible that the right part of the map has a little more magic to it. We know from episode one that cows who wander "too far east" end up with black oil for milk, suggesting it is somewhat accursed. Sauron also eventually ends up there doing some army recruitment to strengthen his orc soldier numbers, and therefore the first meeting of his second XO is also likely to be on the cards for season two.


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