The showrunner for the Lord of the Rings TV series on Amazon Prime Video has addressed why the show won’t venture down the same path of Game of Thrones by featuring extremely violent and sexual scenes.
There is a lot of anticipation for the upcoming return to Middle-earth, with first look pictures of members of the cast – including Morfydd Clarke as elven queen Galadriel – recently released.
While the original Lord of the Rings films didn’t feature any sex scenes, reports that Amazon hired an intimacy coordinator for the new show prompted some to theorise that the eight-episode drama would be going in a different direction.
However, Patrick McKay, who has developed the series alongside J D Payne, outlined that they wanted to ensure that the tale – set thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings – could be enjoyed by all generations.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, he was asked whether the show could compare to Game of Thrones in terms of violence and sex scenes, as the other fantasy show was known for its frequent use of nudity, steamy moments and bloody warfare.
Emphasising that they wanted ‘to make a show for everyone, for kids who are 11, 12, and 13’, Patrick said: ‘Even though sometimes they might have to pull the blanket up over their eyes if it’s a little too scary.’
He continued: ‘We talked about the tone in Tolkien’s books. This is material that is sometimes scary – and sometimes very intense, sometimes quite political, sometimes quite sophisticated – but it’s also heartwarming and life-affirming and optimistic. It’s about friendship and it’s about brotherhood and underdogs overcoming great darkness.’
That doesn’t mean to say that the adaptations of JRR Tolkien’s writing can’t feature violence or romantic relationships.
The battle scenes in the original Lord of the Rings films were truly epic, while Aragorn’s love for Arwen was an enduring theme from start to finish.
It’s believed that The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power could be the most expensive TV show ever made, with it reported in April last year that it cost a record-breaking $465million (£341m) to create.
The Rings of Power will follow its 22-strong core cast at a time of relative peace during the Second Age of Middle-earth when the Rings of Power were forged.
With the rings also came the rise of Sauron, who as any Lord of the Rings fans will know, remained a deadly force until the events of Return of the King, the third film in the original trilogy.
The Rings of Power will also depict the final alliance between Elves and Men, before they went their separate ways.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is due to premiere on September 2 on Amazon Prime Video.