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How Many Episodes are in The Rings of Power on Amazon Prime?

It’s an exciting Fall season for fantasy lovers as television returns us to Westeros and Middle-earth in tandem and The Lord of the Rings fandom wants to know how many episodes are planned for The Rings of Power.

The prequel series will take place during the Second Age and shine a light on villain Sauron and Elven warrior Galadriel’s origins.

Developed by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay for Amazon Prime and based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s novel, The Lord of the Rings, The Rings of Power will be set thousands of years before The Hobbit and its successor, starring Robert Aramayo, Morfydd Clark, Owain Arthur, Maxim Baldry, and many more.

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power | SDCC Trailer

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power | SDCC Trailer

How Many Episodes are in The Rings of Power?

The Rings of Power has a modest eight episodes to bulk out its Season 1 debut on Amazon Prime.

With multiple seasons already planned, the series is expected to retain this episode count within future seasons.

It has been confirmed that J.A. Bayona will direct the first two episodes, followed by four episodes from Wayne Che Yip and the remaining two helmed by Charlotte Brändström.

The Rings of Power Release Schedule

The Rings of Power is scheduled to release every Friday on Amazon Prime, however, America’s west coast will be able to enjoy new episodes on Thursday evenings.

The following schedule confirms the finale will air on Friday, October 14, 2022.

Below, we have provided the show’s release schedule in full with dates to mark in your calendar. We will also update episode titles as they are announced:

  • Episode 1: Shadow of the Past – Friday, September 2, 2022
  • Episode 2: Adrift – Friday, September 2, 2022
  • Episode 3: Adar – Friday, September 9, 2022
  • Episode 4: The Great Wave – Friday, September 16, 2022
  • Episode 5: Partings – Friday, September 23, 2022
  • Episode 6: Udûn  – Friday, September 30, 2022
  • Episode 7: The Eye – Friday, October 7, 2022
  • Episode 8: Alloyed – Friday, October 14, 2022
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power – Credit: Matt Grace/Prime Video © 2010-2022, Inc.

Early Reviews for the Double-Bill Premiere

The first review flurry has poured in for the show’s two-episode premiere, and the general consensus is positive.

The main takeaway from these early reviews is the recurring opinion that the prequel series is a “cinematic masterpiece” – which was expected thanks to the show’s mammoth budget.

However, Lord of the Rings fans will be tuning in each week to see how the writing holds up, including the character development of these iconic Tolkien characters. 

By Jo Craig – [email protected]

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Jo Craig

Jo Craig is a staff writer at GRV Media reporting pop culture content on Forever Geek and brainstorming with the HITC Entertainment team. After nearly a decade in the game, Jo finds dissecting Marvel trailers for hours standard practice and still finds time to review, analyse, and research film, anime, video games and everything on the nerdy spectrum. Maintaining a strong social media presence, Jo’s passion for contributing to the geek culture community is a staple in their work and the spark behind vibrant discussions with comrades, even though some disagree that The Lord of the Rings is the best franchise.

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