This ‘Lord of the Rings’ Prequel Will Become Your New Obsession

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Fantasy and sci-fi is in high demand in our post-Game of Thrones world. Whether viewers prefer dragons or superheroes (because, yes, Marvel and The Boys fall into the broad categories of fantasy/sci-fi), audiences want complex, out of this world stories with big budgets. Streaming services are more than happy to deliver, with nearly every major platform contributing a show to the mix. HBO has Game of Thrones and its prequel House of the Dragon, of course. Netflix has Stranger Things and now The Sandman (which will hopefully soon be renewed for Season 2), Disney+ has its gargantuan Marvel and Star Wars universes, and then there’s Amazon’s Prime Video.

Beyond The Boys, Prime Video has somewhat struggled to get possible franchises off the ground. Most of the popular fantasy and sci-fi shows today are adapted from well-known books or comics and although Prime Video probably has a near unlimited budget due to its parent company’s vast e-commerce empire, the streaming platform hasn’t got its own Game of Thrones show yet. Wheel of Time, based on a critically acclaimed books series, had a slow start in its first season and has yet to earn the fanfare it stirred up. Paper Girls, a science fiction show adapted from a lauded Brian K. Vaughan comic book series, didn't covet a Season 2 renewal despite its critical praise as an intriguing antithesis to Netflix’s Stranger Things.

Of course not every streaming platform needs a Game of Thrones, but when your company's famous founder/CEO announces he’s on the hunt for his own version of the HBO franchise–as a 2017 Business Insider article reported–viewers are bound to have high expectations when you acquire much sought after IPs and have the capital to spend the equivalent of a feature film’s budget for each episode.

That’s where Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power comes in. No fantasy property is more revered, heavily sought after, or critically acclaimed than Lord of the Rings. Writer J. R. R. Tolkien’s lifelong work set the stage for all epic fantasy to come after him, Game of Thrones included. And now Prime Video has its own prequel to the fantasy book series, with a staggering budget to boot, according to The Ringer. If Prime Video wanted its own Game of Thrones, it’s in the best position it’s ever been in.

So, when can you watch this new series? We’ve got The Rings of Power release schedule below so you won’t miss a thing.

What time do new episodes of The Rings of Power come out?

The first two episodes landed on Prime Video on Thursday, September 1 at 6 p.m. PDT and 9 p.m. EDT.

Episodes after the premiere will come out 9 p.m. PDT on Thursdays and 12 a.m. EDT on Fridays. Deadline has an even more robust schedule for anyone outside the United States.

When is the next episode of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power coming out?

That's all, folks! The final episode of The Rings of Power Season 1 is now on Prime Video as of October 13. If you want more Rings of Power, you'll have to wait until Season 2.

How many episodes are left in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power?

Every episode of Rings of Power Season 1 is now on Prime Video.

Here's the complete release schedule for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Episode 1: Now streaming as of September 1

Episode 2: Now streaming as of September 1

Episode 3: Now streaming as of September 8

Episode 4: Now streaming as of September 15

Episode 5: Now streaming as of September 22

Episode 6: Now streaming as of September 29

Episode 7: Now streaming as of October 6

Episode 8: Now streaming as of October 13

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