J.D. Payne, Patrick McKay explain idea behind creating Sauron in ‘LOTR’ series

The streaming series ‘The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power’ has enthralled the audience with its epic storytelling. As the season 1 inches towards an epic finale, the question remains – Who is Sauron afterall? J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, the showrunners of the series, recently provided answers to the question.

Talking about the importance of building the world before showing the evil force, McKay said, “It would be very tempting to make the first season of this show, The Sauron Show, very villain-centric. But we wanted that level of evil and complexity of evil to emerge from a world that you’re invested in – not because evil is threatening it immediately. We wanted you to fall in love again with Middle-Earth. We wanted you to understand and relate to the struggles that each of these characters are having before we test them in a way they’ve never been tested before.”

Further adding to McKay, Payne said that fans have speculated some important characteristics of the sinister and his disguise, which is what the writers also anticipated. He said, “It’s another Tolkien (English author J.R.R. Tolkien) thing where when a shadow spreads – which is part of what is happening in our show – it affects everyone’s relationships. Even Frodo and Sam. They’re the best friends in all of Middle-earth, yet they started to mistrust each other because that’s a manifestation of that shadow.”

He further mentioned, “So having an audience suspect this person or that person could be Sauron is drawing them into that thing where the shadow is overcoming all of us and making us suspicious of each other.”

‘The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power’ is currently available to stream on Prime Video in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada. The series will conclude with an epic finale on October 14.

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