An industry veteran claims to have sources that suggest so.
It’s hard to argue that The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has been a flop. It’s been the most expensive TV series of all time to produce, but the actual end product has been lacking. Fans and critics alike have panned the series, mocked it, or worse, shrugged it off. Something that has not gone unnoticed by Amazon executives and now there are rumors of big changes for the second season and beyond, where the creators of the series JD Payne and Patrick McKay could be expelled.
The speculation began during one of the recent episodes of Midnight’s Edge, where industry veteran Chris Gore mentioned what he had heard from his contacts in the industry.
“I’ve heard from someone who has a contact at Amazon that (if you want to know) that they are indeed going to tweak the stencil.”
“And it’s more than likely that [Payne and McKay] … are not going to be fired publicly, but their role will be reduced.”
“Potentially they’ll just stay in the writers’ room,” he added, “but I understand they’re looking for more experienced showrunners.”
“Amazon is well aware of the issues.”
“And what they’re doing behind the scenes is they’re freaking out because this has been more of a flop than you could have anticipated.”
It was certainly a risk from the start to bring in such inexperienced series producers, but let’s hope Amazon can still save the leaky ship before it sinks entirely. The differences have been even more evident with the simultaneous premiere of The House of the Dragon, a series that has enjoyed tremendous success unlike The Rings of Power, which at the time of writing this article has ratings and ratings of 39%. on Rotten Tomatoes and 2.5 on Metacritic.
What changes do you think Amazon needs to make to save The Rings of Power and what did you think of the first season?