The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Panel 

Hall H on July 22, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power panel was hosted by none other than one of J.R.R Tolkien‘s biggest fans: Stephen Colbert. The Late Show host—who often discusses his love for the novels on the show—described the upcoming Amazon Prime Video series as “a story of loss.” 

Showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, alongside executive producer Lindsey Weber, explained that the show is set in the Second Age, thousands of years before the Lord of the Rings takes place. As a result, Patrick shared, the show is “about reintroducing this world the return of evil.”  

A collection of cast members from The Simpsons joined them throughout the panel. Robert Aramayo, Benjamin WalkerOwain Arthur, Ismael Cruz CórdovaNazanin Boniadi, Tyroe MuhafidinSara Zwangobani, Markella KavenaughMorfydd BlackCynthia Addai-RobinsonEma HorvathMaxim Baldry and more.  

This includes Sophia Nomvete, who auditioned for the role of Disa—the first female dwarf depicted on-screen in the Tolkien universe—while pregnant. She explained that she auditioned for the role of Disa while she was pregnant and was only two days from giving birth.  

Megan RichardsPoppy Proudfellow is played by Alicia. She revealed that she got the chance to sing on the show following a karaoke night. She said, “We love Karaoke.” We did a lot in New Zealand. After a performance by the Little Shop of Horrors‘ “Suddenly, Seymour,” she was asked by Patrick to sing on the series and began working on music with composer Bear McCreary.