“The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” Season 2 Trailer Reveals Sauron in the Flesh

“An evil, ancient and power, has returned!”

These words are how the first trailer for season 2 of Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power begins, with our ragtag band of Middle-earth heroes facing the legendarily malevolent entity known as Sauron.

This first look at season 2 reveals Sauron in the flesh for the first time in the series. Played by Charlie Vickers, this iteration of Sauron can blend in among the regular folk of Middle-earth, making this manifestation of pure evil all the more insidious. As Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) says in the trailer, “I think he’s been here among us all along.”

You have to hand it to this evil wizard—he’s clever. Sauron disguises himself as an elf to help Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards) forge the Rings of Power, which will make him unstoppable once in his possession.

The trailer once again hammers home the epic scope of Prime Video’s hugely ambitious series, which aims to bring the grandeur of Peter Jackson’s films to the small screen (Jackson, meanwhile, is not a part of the series creative team). Season 2 will track Sauron’s attempt to seduce the people of Middle-earth to his side, forcing Galadriel and her small, mighty band, including fellow Elves, dwarves, Harfoots, wizards, and men, to band together against Sauron and his evil forces.

One blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment in the trailer is a shot of the Stranger (Daniel Weyman), the character revealed at the end of season 1 as one of Middle-earth’s most powerful future wizards. While it hasn’t been confirmed, the implication is that this is the young Gandalf.

There’s been a ton going on in Middle-earth lately, with Warner Bros. upcoming anime The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim set to reveal footage at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, the news that Peter Jackson is working on multiple new Lord of the Rings films for Warner Bros., including a film directed by and starring Andy Serkis, who will return to play Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum, and the re-release of remastered versions of Jackson’s original trilogy.

Check out the trailer here. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 2 arrives on Prime Video on August 29.

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Featured image: Charlie Vickers is Sauron in “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power.” Courtesy Prime Video


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