Rings of Power cast discuss House of the Dragon rivalry

The clash of the titans when it comes to TV fantasy shows is not a clash at all, according to the cast of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power. There have been many column inches — including these, sorry — written about the potential conflict between Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon and Prime Video's mega-budget return to JRR Tolkien's fantastical land of Middle-earth. Thrones creator George RR Martin even waded into the issue, joking that he wanted House of the Dragon to win one more Emmy than The Rings of Power.

But anybody hoping to grab the popcorn and witness a fantasy deathmatch might be disappointed because the stars of The Rings of Power claim there's no rivalry — and the casts have even partied together.

Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is now streaming on Prime Video with the first two episodes, and new episodes released weekly.

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TOM BUTLER: Obviously there's another big fantasy show just come out at the moment in a different universe. Is there a friendly rivalry between yourselves and "House of the Dragon?"

NAZANIN BONIADI: No, I would say the first part, we're friends. There's no rivalry there. I think we actually hung out at the EW party.

TYROE MUHAFIDIN: Oh yeah, that was fun.

NAZANIN BONIADI: At Comic-Con.

ISMAEL CRUZ CORDOVA: Yeah. Yeah, some of us are-- some of us have worked with them before, some of us are new friends. And I think it's-- I don't know, for fantasy lovers, it's just the best time.

NAZANIN BONIADI: Yeah.

ISMAEL CRUZ CORDOVA: You have two big shows in the same-- that you can watch on rotation.

NAZANIN BONIADI: Yeah, we're fans of theirs. We want them to do well.

ISMAEL CRUZ CORDOVA: And I heard that they like our show as well, so-- or they're excited about our show, so--

CYNTHIA ADDAI-ROBINSON: You know, I think it's a question that a lot of people like to ask because it makes for a great story. But the reality is, this is a boom time for fantasy, for the genre. So if you like these stories, it's great that both the advancement in terms of what you can achieve in television-- you know, now you can film a dragon.

You couldn't do that a few years ago. So it's sort of like, if you love fantasy or if you're even new to fantasy, the wealth of storytelling out there. I mean, yeah.

LLOYD OWEN: Also, they're just so different.

CYNTHIA ADDAI-ROBINSON: They are very different.

LLOYD OWEN: They're actually incomparable, other than the fact they're under the fantasy umbrella.

CYNTHIA ADDAI-ROBINSON: Yeah.

LLOYD OWEN: Right? But just in terms of-- just the qualitative difference between them, it's yeah. It's hard. It's-- they're not-- you can't compare them.

CYNTHIA ADDAI-ROBINSON: Yeah. And you can watch both.

JD PAYNE: No.

LINDSEY WEBER: No.

JD PAYNE: I mean, we wish them well. We're glad that this is a time where there's a lot of good fantasy shows out there. And our really-- the only pressure we feel is the pressure we put on ourselves to do justice to Tolkien. For us, it's about, what are you putting out in the world?

And are you putting out something that you feel like can put out light into the world? That's the competition. How much light can you put out into the world, and how good can our story be?

PATRICK MCKAY: We get that it's super tempting to draw a comparison or create a rivalry. But I mean, really, I think if you've seen our show and you've seen their show, I mean, we're doing very different things. And as JD says, we wish them well.

LINDSEY WEBER: Yeah.