If you're worried that the Orcs in the second age as depicted in Amazon's upcoming The Lord of the Rings prequel won't look as terrifying as Saruman and Sauron's machinations in the Third Age, think again.
Prime Video and photographer, Matt Grace, just shared via IGN our first look at the Orcs of the second age.
Check out the images below to see them for yourself:
— IGN (@IGN) June 21, 2022
Orcs, not Uruks, are different from those that you might have seen in Peter Jack's successful movie trilogies, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. Instead of the massive armies led by Saruman the White and the Sauron, the Orcs of the Second Age are less of a horde and more of scattered scavengers. Specifically, these Orcs are the few that remain of the former elves that were hunted to near-extinction near the end of the First Age.
Having said that, the Orcs of the Rings of Power don't look like they'll be any less terrifying than their purposely bred future brethren.
Ultimately, skeptical fans should take the latest image reveal for The Rings of Power as a good sign. Jackson's original trilogy won several awards over the years, with many praising its attention to detail and use of practical effects over CGI. The same could not be said of The Hobbit movies, which is probably why these Orcs look more like the first The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Speaking of The Rings of Power, the upcoming series' showrunners revealed that they have at least five seasons planned. This would imply that Prime Video has allotted hundreds if not a billion dollars to produce the series after reportedly spending $150 million for the first season. We'll know more for sure if the show is worth the cost when the first episode premieres on September 2.