The Lord of the Rings: Production of The Rings of Power Season 2 to Proceed Despite Writer’s Strike

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is the most recent TV show to continue filming while the writers’ strike is still going on. The production will still go on without the showrunners present.

Variety reports that there are still 19 days of filming left for the series, but due to restrictions imposed by the Writers Guild of America (WGA), J.D. Payne, Patrick McKay, and any other writer-producers are prohibited from performing any writing-related tasks while the strike is ongoing, including participating in any creative decisions made on set.

Production for the UK location shot is being managed by The Rings of Power’s non-writing executive producers, directors, and crew, including Lindsey Weber, Charlotte Brandstrom, Sanaa Hamri, and Louise Hooper.

According to the article, The Rings of Power has been filming in numerous units for the majority of the season, including night shoots, due to the show’s feature-film level production and timeframe. In order to ensure that the show’s production would not be significantly hampered by Payne and McKay’s absence, the production team prepared in advance with them for a potential writers’ strike.

The approaching June 30 contract deadline for SAG-AFTRA and the DGA adds to the pressure on all ongoing motion picture and television productions. The Writers Guild of America (WGA) began their strike on Tuesday with the support of more than 11,000 members, who contend they are not paid adequately in the streaming era. This resulted in the termination of late-night discussion shows and posed a threat to the creation of impending fall-season films and TV shows. The last writer’s strike in Hollywood occurred in 2007, which left late-night hosts without any jokes or lines to recite.

“Though we negotiated intent on making a fair deal … the studios’ responses to our proposals have been wholly insufficient, given the existential crisis writers are facing,” said a statement from the union leadership. “They have closed the door on their labor force and opened the door to writing as an entirely freelance profession. No such deal could ever be contemplated by this membership.”

The second season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will have an equivalent number of episodes, bringing the total amount of LOTR content available on Amazon Prime Video to 50 hours. The new chapter will introduce Crdan the Shipwright, who is carrying one of the three rings made by Celebrimbor, McKay said in a previous interview. Ciarán Hinds from Game of Thrones, Rory Kinnear from Men, and Tanya Moodie from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker have recently joined the cast.

There is not yet a date set for the second season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. The complete first season of eight episodes is available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.