The highly anticipated second season of Amazon Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power has been rocked by tragedy. During rehearsals for a scene, a production horse died of cardiac arrest on March 21.
The incident has sparked an outcry from animal rights activists, who are calling for the show to use CGI animals instead of real ones.
Production Horse Dies on Set
On March 21, a horse employed in the production of The Rings of Power suffered cardiac arrest ahead of rehearsals. A spokesperson for Amazon Studios confirmed the incident and expressed condolences, stating that a veterinarian and a representative of the American Humane Association were present at the time of the incident.
The independent necropsy later confirmed that the horse died of cardiac failure.
Calls to End the Use of Real Horses
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a statement condemning the use of real horses in film and television production, urging the entertainment industry to switch to more humane methods such as CGI and mechanical rigs.
“While PETA has argued that horses should not be used in film or television productions at all, it has stated that equine behaviorists should be on set at all times when they are.”
Despite the tragedy, production of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will continue, with the show’s creators recently announcing its move from New Zealand to the UK for its second season. “The first season of “The Rings of Power” carried an estimated production budget of $450 million. Prime Video has committed to five seasons of production, part of a $250 million rights deal struck with the Tolkien estate in November 2017.”
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power – What to Expect
The second season of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is set to continue exploring the major events of the Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings novels. The season will draw inspiration from Tolkien’s original works and their accompanying appendices.
Fans can expect to see more stunning visuals and intricate world-building, along with the return of the show’s beloved characters. Composer Bear McCreary’s incredible work can be recognized throughout the first season.
As the release date approaches, fans can expect to see more teasers and trailers. With the continued support of Amazon Studios, New Line Cinema and the Tolkien Estate, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is set to become a beloved addition to the Middle-earth universe.
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