A new trailer teasing the fiery conclusion to the first season of Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power was revealed during the cast and series’ New York Comic Con appearance Friday.
During their first panel appearance together since the series debut, the cast — which included Benjamin Walker (Gil-Galad), Charles Edwards (Celebrimbor), Cynthia Addai-Robinson (Míriel), Daniel Weyman (the Stranger), Sara Zwangobani (Marigold Brandyfoot), Nazanin Boniadi (Bronwyn) and Leon Wadham (Kemen) — sat down for a nearly hour-long discussion moderated by Felicia Day. (Showrunners and executive producers J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay were not present as both are in London shooting the show.)
It also featured a sneak peek at the upcoming Oct. 14 finale with a special trailer, which includes never-before-seen footage from the episode, along with a brief NYCC exclusive clip featuring an exchange between Walker’s Gil-Galad and Edwards’ Celebrimbor about forging an item of power, with Celebrimbor proposing a crown as a potential option.
While they dodged questions about who might be Sauron, the group did discuss the positive fan response as the show has rolled out (and interesting fan interactions), their characters’ relationships, filming during COVID, Bear McCreary’s score and Weyman’s experience acting without dialogue.
As part of the NYCC event, Day also revealed a special podcast trailer for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Official Podcast, an eight-episode series produced in conjunction with Wondery and available through Amazon Music. Serving as its host, Day will take fans behind-the-scenes with exclusive cast and crew interviews exploring what it takes to bring Middle-Earth to life. Guests include Morfydd Clark, Owain Arthur, Payne and McKay.
Earlier in the day, Amazon unveiled “Where the Shadows Lie,” a new song from Fiona Apple for the series, inspired By J.R.R. Tolkien’s Ring-verse poem and written by series composer Bear McCreary. An instrumental version of the track appeared in the first episode, with the intention of eventually using the same motif for the season finale song and, as the Rings of Power showrunners and EPs said in a statement, “in the years to come” as music that ties into the show’s storytelling beyond its debut run.
According to McCreary, it was “strategically withheld” from the season one soundtrack in order to avoid its significance being spoiled in earlier episodes. “The musical legacy of The Lord of the Rings brings to mind ethereal vocals carrying lyrical melodies over evocative harmonies, so it was my natural inclination to compose such a song for The Rings of Power,” said McCreary, who added that he wrote the song “for the magic of mithril, for the sinister machinations of Sauron, and for his land of Mordor.”
He added: “Inarguably one of the definitive musical voices of her generation, Fiona brought new depths and narrative intention to the song’s unique combination of my haunting melody and Tolkien’s ominous text.”