The Rings of Power Season 2: Release date, cast, plot & more

Trudie Graham
Charlie Vickers as Sauron in The Rings of Power Season 2.

The Rings of Power Season 2 sees Sauron further his schemes while Middle Earth’s bravest are left vulnerable. Here’s the release date, new characters, and everything else you need to know.

It feels like an elven lifetime since The Rings of Power wrapped its expansive — and expensive — first season.

We left off with The Stranger’s identity coming to light, that Sauron reveal, and the Rings of Power characters facing inevitable growing evil in Middle Earth.

Rings of Power Season 1 episode 8 teed up a darker Season 2, so here’s a roundup of what’s coming.

The Rings of Power Season 2 release date

The Rings of Power Season 2 release date is Thursday, 29 August 2024. The first three episodes drop for the premiere.

After the first batch on Prime Video, the following five episodes will be released weekly. Season 2 will wrap with Episode 8 on October 3, 2024.

The cast

The main Season 1 cast return in The Rings of Power Season 2, including Morfydd Clark as Galadriel and Charlie Vickers as Sauron. There are plenty of new actors, too.

Rory Kinnear as Tom Bombadil in LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER Season 2.

Major new additions include award-winning actors Ciarán Hinds, Rory Kinnear, and Tanya Moodie.

Kinnear plays Bombadil, a character from the books who made a minor appearance in The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.

Rings of Power Season 2 cast:

  • Morfydd Clark as Galadriel
  • Charlie Vickers as Sauron
  • Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Míriel
  • Robert Aramayo as Elrond
  • Owain Arthur as Durin IV
  • Maxim Baldry as Isildur
  • Nazanin Boniadi as Bronwyn
  • Ismael Cruz Córdova as Arondir
  • Charles Edwards as Celebrimbor
  • Trystan Gravelle as Pharazôn
  • Sam Hazeldine as Adar
  • Ema Horvath as Eärien
  • Markella Kavenagh as Elanor “Nori” Brandyfoot
  • Rory Kinnear as Tom Bombadil
  • Geoff Morrell as Waldreg
  • Tyroe Muhafidin as Theo
  • Peter Mullan as Durin III
  • Sophia Nomvete as Disa
  • Lloyd Owen as Elendil
  • Megan Richards as Poppy Proudfellow
  • Alex Tarrant as Valandil
  • Leon Wadham as Kemen
  • Benjamin Walker as Gil-galad
  • Daniel Weyman as the Stranger
  • Gabriel Akuwudike
  • Yasen “Zates” Atour
  • Ben Daniels
  • Amelia Kenworthy
  • Nia Towle
  • Nicholas Woodeson
  • Oliver Alvin-Wilson
  • Stuart Bowman
  • Gavi Singh Chera
  • William Chubb
  • Kevin Eldon
  • Will Keen
  • Selina Lo
  • Calam Lynch
  • Ciarán Hinds
  • Tanya Moodie

The Rings of Power Season 2 teaser trailer

There’s no full trailer, but a Season 2 teaser released on May 14, 2024.

The footage showed Sauron’s shapeshifted elven form as he rebuilds his strength, while characters around Middle Earth reckon with the changing winds.

The visual finesse of the series is also shown off, with Prime Video promising an even larger scale than in Season 1.

The Rings of Power Season 2 plot

Season 2 is about Sauron’s return, as he rebuilds his strength and oversees the forging of the Rings of Power.

The three elven rings in The Rings of Power Season 2.

Season 1 ended with the three elven rings being formed and Sauron revealed.

Because we saw Mordor created with an explosive volcanic eruption in Episode 6, we expect Mount Doom to play a part in the second season.

Plus, the Balrog lurking in the Dwarven mines is likely going to be a big problem.

During a Prime Video Event, Morfydd Clark also shared that Galadriel will wear one of the previously forged Elven rings and that additional ones would be forged in Season 2.

Ismael Cruz Córdova as Arondir in The Rings of Power Season 2.

Prime Video’s synopsis reads, “Sauron has returned. Cast out by Galadriel, without army or ally, the rising Dark Lord must now rely on his cunning to rebuild his strength and oversee the creation of the Rings of Power, which will allow him to bind all the peoples of Middle-earth to his sinister will.

Season 2 plunges beloved and vulnerable characters into a rising tide of darkness, challenging each to find their place in a world that is increasingly on the brink of calamity.

Elves and dwarves, orcs and men, wizards and Harfoots… as friendships are strained and kingdoms begin to fracture, the forces of good will struggle ever more valiantly to hold on to what matters to them most of all… each other.”

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power streams on Prime Video.

For a recap, read our Rings of Power Season 1 ending explained. We’ve also written about where is Rhûn, the Istari explained, and is The Rings of Power based on a book.

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