Game of Thrones? Completed it mate. As a result, every channel and their streaming service-subscribing Aunt is scurrying to fill the top spot left behind by HBO’s biggest thing since David Chase’s Sliced Bread. His Dark Materials is their current contender waiting to be released, but there’s also Netflix hard at work on The Witcher, Disney+  lining up shows like Star Wars-set The Mandalorian and Marvel’s handful of actual MCU canon series, as well. One they may want to be wary of though, in the years to come is Amazon, who have their biggest gig waiting to storm out of the fiery gates of Mordor with their Lord of the Rings series.

Already predicted to be the most expensive TV series deal ever made, the House of Amazon has roped in what are the creme de la creme of writing talent to get to work on bringing Middle Earth to life (again). With creative minds from Breaking Bad, The Sopranos, Stranger Things, Fringe, Game of Thrones and Toy Story 4 (“to Isengard, and beyond!”) it’s safe to say that they’re certainly not messing around with Tolkien’s epic universe and who can blame them? Not only do they have a literary classic to bring to real life, but they’re also doing it in the shadow of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning trilogy, as well.

Set during the Second Age, the series will have a lot of time to play around with (3,000 years to be precise), none of which will start with Frodo trotting off out of Hobbiton to go and ditch a fancy bit of jewellery. Instead, the show will look at the rise to power of the dark lord, Sauron, as well as his creation of the One Ring and all the others that were divided among men, elves and dwarves, that led to his control over all of them.

So far, Markella Kavenagh is the only name on the cast list for the show at the moment, with many more expected to line up over the coming months. We can see how all this comes together when the show arrives in 2021.