'LOTR: The Rings of Power' on Amazon Prime: Creators drop hints about Sauron's story on upcoming Season 2
'Lord of the Rings' fans can rest easy as creators of 'Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power' have been dropping hints about Season 2. They also said that the new season would delve into Sauron's backstory. The show has been a huge hit since its release, with critics and audience singing praises about the show.
The series brought to screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth's history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of JRR Tolkien's 'The Hobbit,' and 'The Lord of the Rings,' and takes viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose in glory and fell into ruin, of unlikely heroes, hope and the rise of a great villain.
In the latest episode, viewers saw Adar and his Orc army find the watchtower abandoned. While they search the grounds, Arondir destroys the tower, causing it to collapse onto the Orc army. The townspeople, who moved down the valley to another village, cheer as they prepare for the next assault. Arondir hides the broken blade, professes his love to Bronwyn and promises a life together after the battle. The battle begins and while the villagers appear victorious, many of the enemies they killed were actually the traitorous townspeople disguised as Orcs. The rest of the Orc army attacks from the shadows, killing many and severely wounding Bronwyn. As more villagers die, Theo reveals the location of the broken blade to Adar to save Bronwyn. After journeying across the sea, the Numenorean army approaches. The proceed to slay or capture the remaining Orcs. Adar gives Waldreg a task before attempting to escape, only to be captured by Galadriel and Halbrand. They interrogate him, discovering his origins as one of the Moriondor or Uruks, Elves corrupted by Morgoth. He taunts them, feigning the memory of killing Halbrand's Southlander family and claiming to have killed Sauron. As Halbrand is hailed as the King of the Southlands, Theo realizes the broken blade they recovered was a decoy while the true blade had been carried back to the watchtower by Waldreg. He plants it into a mechanism causing a nearby dam to open. Water rushes through the Orc tunnels towards Orodruin and clashes with magma, resulting in an eruption and a pyroclastic cloud that approaches the village.
However, one familiar character is yet to reveal themself in 'The Rings of Power': Sauron. The villain was featured in his human form in the prelude to 'The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring'. There are constant conjectures about who Sauron really is in this series as he is not shown even once till now, but, after the latest episode, viewers cannot wait to find out more about Annatar and his backstory.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, showrunner Patrick McKay has finally broken his silence. He said, “It would be very tempting to make the first season of this show The Sauron Show, very villain-centric. But we wanted that level of evil and complexity of evil to emerge out of a world that you’re invested in - not because evil is threatening it immediately. We wanted you to fall in love again with Middle-earth. We wanted you to understand and relate to the struggles that each of these characters are having before we test them in a way they’ve never been tested before.”
According to McKay, one of the focal points of the new episodes will be Sauron, who has been said to have returned to Middle-earth but is yet to appear. We all remember Sauron's infernal form, with armor and blazing red eyes from the first 'LOTR' movies. However, as per the oulet, in the Second Age, Sauron will appear in his “fair form.”
“It’s another Tolkien thing where when a shadow spreads — which is part of what is happening in our show — it affects everyone’s relationships,” co-showrunner JD Payne said, as per the outlet. “Even Frodo and Sam. They’re the best friends in all of Middle-earth, yet they started to mistrust each other because that’s a manifestation of that shadow. So having an audience suspect this person or that person could be Sauron is drawing them into that thing where the shadow is overcoming all of us and making us suspicious of each other.”