In an interview with GameRant, Writer Gennifer Hutchinson compared ‘The Rings of Power’s writing to that of Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad and how the writing of her show is very similar to both the shows created by Vince Gilligan.
When J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, the co-showrunners of Rings of Power, pitched a show that would pay respect to and remain faithful to author JRR Tolkien’s original material, they beat over networks like HBO for the rights to the program. Gennifer Hutchinson, Jason Cahill, Justin Doble, Bryan Cogman, Helen Shang, and Stephany Folsom served as the writers for the show, while Glenise Mullins acted as a consulting writer.
“You know, it’s interesting. It does, but there’s a lot of foundationally the same stuff; one of the things that is nice about doing a TV show in this world is that you can spend a lot more time with your characters and do a deep dive into them and their psychology and where they’re coming from, which is really kind of the wheelhouse of the Vince Gilligan group. So much about deep character study.”
Character development and interpersonal relationships are significant in The Rings of Power, just as they would be in Breaking Bad. Still, according to Hutchinson, they are only one part of story development.
Worldbuilding for a big fantasy series like Rings of Power was slightly different. Both of Vince Gilligan’s well-known television series, which are set in the real world, focus entirely on individuals and their relationships with one another.