The Rings of Power has a surprising connection to both breaking Bad and Better call Saul. Author Gennifer Hutchinson, who was recently interviewed by GameRant, has worked on all three shows. In her interview, Hutchinson discussed writing for The Rings of Power compared to Better call Saul and breaking Bad.
Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is directed by JD Payne and Patrick McKay. The two who are co-showrunners of Rings of Power, won the rights to the show through channels like HBO when they put together a show that pays homage to and stays true to author JRR Tolkien’s source material. They are joined in the writers’ room by Gennifer Hutchinson, Helen Shang, Jason Cahill, Justin Doble, Bryan Cogman and Stephany Folsom, with Glenise Mullins serving as consulting writer.
Hutchinson spoke about her time Better call Saul and breaking Bad and compared it to their time The Rings of Power in her interview with GameRant. “You know, it’s interesting. It does, but there are a lot of things that are basically the same. One of the nice things about making a TV show in this world is that you get to spend a lot more time with your characters and do a deep dive into them and their psychology and where they come from, which is really kind of a wheelhouse of the Vince Gilligan camp. So much for deep character study,” Hutchinson said when asked if the writers’ rooms differ. “But this is also a huge, immersive big fantasy show, so that’s also paid attention to the scope and storytelling of those huge story and the balancing of five different worlds and so many different characters, so there was really that need to think about so many different moving parts at once, as opposed to an intimate character study that you get on something like that breaking Bad or Better call Saul. Here it was like doing smaller intimate character studies but having to make sure you juggle them all and honor them all throughout.”
It seems like writing a full-scale fantasy show is akin Rings of Power was a bit different in terms of worldbuilding. Both of Vince Gilligan’s hit shows are set in an essentially real world, and the focus is solely on the characters and their interactions with one another. A fantasy series like The Rings of Power must spend time establishing the rules of his world and introducing new concepts and even new species to the audience. It’s full of new fantastic places like Khazad-Dum ruled by dwarven races. Hutchinson essentially comments on that, while character building and relationships are just as important The Rings of Power how they would be inside breaking Badthey are just one consideration among many.
The beauty of a fantasy series like Rings of Power lies in a mixture of world view and characters. Even in new worlds, the human condition continues and characters like Galadriel must face their own moral struggles. Along the way, they have to face new and interesting situations that a human can never really face in the real world. This allows authors to ask how a person might realistically react in a completely unfamiliar situation.
At the same time, there is also the fascinating lore for the audience to experience. The Rings of Power offers a rich history of fantasy races, with dwarven cities dotting the land, or ancient, magical kingdoms of humans corrupted by ancient evils. There is an additional layer of discovery when an audience is given a new world to learn from.
The Rings of Power is available to stream on Amazon Prime.
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