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Rings of Power’s cost per episode makes it the most expensive TV series of all time

September 1, 2022

Since it was announced that Amazon had bought the Lord of the Rings TV rights in 2017, anticipation has slowly been building for the long-awaited return to Middle-earth in what promises to be one of the most expensive TV shows of all time. made.

Finally, after a five-year wait, the fruits of Amazon’s labor are finally ripe for the picking as the premiere of The Rings of Power is now upon us.

But has The Lord of the Rings series lived up to expectations of being the most expensive series in history? The cost per episode of The Rings of Power certainly says it.

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The Rings of Power: release date and synopsis

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be released on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, September 2, 2022.

Set in the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth, thousands of years before the events of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, the series will begin in an era of relative peace before whispers of evil begin to spread. reappeared.

The Rings of Power will follow characters both new and familiar – from Galadriel and Elrond to the Dwarf King, Durin, and a new clan of Hobbits – and tell their stories across the vast lands of Middle-earth.

Kingdoms rise to glory and fall to ruin, heroes are tested like never before and hope hangs by a thread as one of the greatest villains to ever exist on page and screen threatens to cover all the lands of Middle-earth in darkness.

Morfydd Clark as Galadriel wearing armor in The Rings of PowerThe Rings of Power © Prime Video | Matt Grace

Budget and cost per episode of The Rings of Power

In total, The Rings of Power’s production budget is said to be $465 million.

However, that figure doesn’t include the $250 million it cost Amazon to secure the rights to make the series from Tolkien’s estate.

As such, the total cost to bring The Rings of Power season 1 to screens is a staggering $715 million according to the Wall Street Journal.

This equates to 5.1 million annual Amazon Prime subscriptions.

Representing just the production budget of $465 million, spread over the eight episodes of The Rings of Power, that results in a cost per episode of $58.1 million.

But if we include buying the rights on top of that, it works out to $89.4 million per episode.

Either way, that makes The Rings of Power the most expensive TV show ever made, and by some margin.

Thusitha Jayasundera, Lenny Henry (Sadoc Burrows), Sara Zwangobani (Marigold Brandyfoot) stare at something in the distance in The Rings of PowerRings of power © Prime Video

How it compares to the most expensive shows

Long before The Rings of Power was released, the show was touted as one of the most expensive entertainments ever created and its gargantuan budget well and truly cements that status.

The Rings of Power’s closest budget contender is Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 4, which cost $30 million per episode according to the Wall Street Journal.

Backed by Disney, Marvel Cinematic Universe TV shows including Loki and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier follow close behind with a typical budget of $25 million per episode.

HBO’s The Pacific earns a spot on this list thanks to a whopping $20 million per episode budget.

The Rings of Power’s closest competition to the fantasy genre, Game of Thrones spin-off House of the Dragon, is coming in with a budget of just under $20 million per episode according to Variety.

While the likes of Game of Thrones’ final season, The Mandalorian and Apple TV+’s See and The Morning Show have to make do with relatively tiny budgets of $15 million per episode.

A character walks towards the two trees of Valinor in The Rings of PowerRings of power © Prime Video

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will be released on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, September 2, 2022.

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