A new interview with Tolkien scholar Tom Shippey via German website TolkienGesellschaft seemingly has revealed that the upcoming Amazon Prime series could be 20 episodes, which is a lot for a streaming series.
SHIPPEY: “The exact locations are of course uncertain and it could well be several. The shooting itself does not take place chronologically but is oriented towards the locations. Logically, you try to bundle all the scenes that take place in one location and film them so that you have it done and don’t have to return to that place several times. But this also implies that everything has to be clear at the start of filming, you have to know the end. There’s supposed to be 20 episodes for the first season. So until they’ve decided what the end is going to be, they can’t start filming.”
Given this isn’t an official confirmation from Amazon themselves, we should wait for more official word. But, 20 episodes would be exciting to see happen as most streaming shows generally have no more than 8-13 episodes per season, because of how expensive they are.
What we do know about the series is that it will take place way in the past during the Second Age of Middle-Earth before the fall of Sauron and many of the ancient kingdoms he toppled via the Rings of Power.
SOURCE: TOLKIEN GESELLSCHAFT