Amazon Studios The Rings of Power is here. We want all Spoilerites to have the best viewing experience possible and have the widest knowledge base about the Second Age of Middle-Earth. This is a weekly Let’s Get Nerdy article series highlighting a different piece of Tolkien I think you need to know about!
In past articles I have answered the question:
- What Are the Rings of Power?
- What is Númenor?
- What is the Second Age?
- Who are the Harfoots?
- Who is Prince Durin IV?
- What is Khazad-dûm?
- Who is Celebrimbor?
- What is the Last Alliance of Men and Elves?
- Who is Elendil?
- New Pics! Who are Bronwyn and Theo?
- What is Rivendell?
- The Rings of Power First Reactions Are In!
- What is Lindon?
- What are the Nine Human Rings?
- Empire Magazine’s The Rings of Power Covers
- New Character Pictures
- Will Wizards Appear in The Rings of Power?
- New Promo for The Rings of Power
- What is Eregion?
- Leaked! Rings of Power Trailer Breakdown
- The Rings of Power Teaser Breakdown
- New EW Rings of Power Pictures
- SDCC Rings of Power Trailer Breakdown
- Who is Isildur?
- The Rings of Power is Here! Read the Reactions
- Who is the Stranger?
- Who is Queen Míriel?
- Who is Ar-Pharazôn?
- What is the broken black blade?
- What is Mordor?
- What is Mithril?
- What are the Silmarils?
- What is Narsil?
- Who founded Númenor?
- Who is Galadriel’s Brother Finrod?
- Rings of Power Adds 15 New Cast Members for Season 2
- Who is Círdan?
- Will Celeborn Appear in The Rings of Power?
- Are Galadriel and Sauron Enemies in Book Canon?
- Who is Narvi?
- Jamie Bisping Cast as Viran
- Will the Harfoots Settle The Shire?
- What to Watch Before The Rings of Power Season 2
- Will We See More Rings in The Rings of Power Season 2?
- Will Lord Belzagar Appear in The Rings of Power Season 2?
- Who is Diarmid?
- Will Ringwraiths appear in The Rings of Power Season 2?
- Will Gil-Galad Lead an Army in The Rings of Power Season 2?
- Is the Balrog Durin’s Bane?
- Who is Isildur’s sister Eärien?
- What is Rhûn Where Nori & The Stranger are Headed?
- Will Galadriel Go Dark in The Rings of Power Season 2?
- Where are the Southlanders Going?
- Is Durin Still a Prince?
- How Eärien will use the Palantir in The Rings of Power Season 2
- Is the Rings of Power close to canon? Will it get closer in Season 2?
- What is The War of the Elves and Sauron?
- Who are the Three New Rings of Power Cast Members? Ciarán Hinds, Rory Kinnear and Tanya Moodie
- Who are the Three Witches Trying to Rescue Sauron?
- Rings of Power season 2 Reportedly Wraps Filming
- Nenya will Appear in The Rings of Power season 2
- Will We see Shelob in The Rings of Power season 2?
- How Celeborn Could Appear in The Rings of Power season 2
Spoilerites, if you’re reading this feature the day it is published you probably know TONIGHT is Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con 2023! Last year (2022), was the first year post-lockdown there even was a San Diego Comic-Con during its regular summer slot. Last year we had the half-measure requirements which came along with most cons in 2022: mask requirements, social distancing, and strange complications none of us really knew how to deal with. As someone who attended, the vibes were weird (!!!), I’m not going to lie to you. One of the coolest things about the convention was the HUGE visual presence Amazon Studios invested in for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.
Admittedly, I would have liked for an off-site experience or activation, but the imagery abounded and the panel presentation for the show was huge:
This year San Diego Comic-Con has emerged from the shadow of Covid protocols, but now sits with the stigma of the WGA strike hanging overhead, the impending SAG-AFTRA strike and studio after studio after studio pulling any-and-all presence from the largest North American pop culture convention.
The above stated reasons alone would be enough to likely keep The Rings of Power from showing up. The show runners – some of the most recognizable champions for the series – won’t be able to attend unless the WGA strike is resolved by July 19th (less they engage in scabbing behaviour), and if SAG-AFTRA strikes then none of the cast can appear in the act of promoting the series lest the same thing happen to them.
Couple this with the fact The Rings of Power only wrapped shooting a few short weeks ago there is a very limited timeline for any teaser, scene, or sneak peek to be rendered with the full breadth and width of visual effects and finishes a high fantasy show like this requires.
… don’t get me started on the episode-to-episode budget!
This is all to state: sadly, no, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is not slated to have any sort of meaningful presence at San Diego Comic-Con this year. We’ll have to turn our collective gaze on October and New York Comic Con and hope.