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For all anyone cares to remember, people have pitted JRR Tolkien’s Middle-earth against George RR Martin’s Westeros. Now, with just ten days separating their respective live-action adaptations, Amazon’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power and HBO Dragon Housethe online community will almost certainly draw comparisons between the two programs.
Unsurprisingly, Martin is backing his series to give Tolkien a run for his money, but it seems showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay aren’t worried about competing with the Targaryens and their dragons.
During a press tour at the Television Critics Association on Friday (for the hollywood reporter), the producers were asked to address the potential complications of the two shows premiering so close to each other, after which McKay said they don’t care what might be happening “in another realm somewhere else”.
“We talk a lot about this. She shows up and we totally understand where the question is coming from. We don’t think about the show in terms of what genre or other shows might be available. we think of [Tolkien], his life’s work was to create this world. This is Tolkien’s Middle-earth and the regions beyond Middle-earth and we just wanted to stay true to that and drown and forget what might be happening in another realm somewhere else.”
Robert Aramayo, who plays Elrond in the rings of power but he is also credited for his performance as a young Ned Stark in game of ThronesHe was on the press tour and explained that he doesn’t feel any kind of “rivalry” between the two shows.
“I don’t feel rivalry, the materials are so different. I love fantasy. So now, obviously, we get to see more fantasy, which can never be a bad thing.”
Regardless of how you feel towards either franchise, wiser words have never been spoken. Perhaps instead of comparing the two, fans should be glad to live in an era where two of their most beloved stories are getting the live-action treatment at the same time, and by industry giants like Amazon Studios and HBO. , nothing less. .
the rings of power premieres September 2 on Prime Video.