The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power the first season ended with its eighth episode, “Alloyed”. The finale included several twists and answered questions that had accumulated throughout the season.
the stranger, portrayed by Daniel Weyman (Gentle Jack, a very English scandal), open the procedure with Nori,played by Markella Kavenagh (My first summer, picnic at Hanging Rock), and three evil magical beings, including The Dweller, played by Bridie Sisson (cowboy bebop). The stranger thinks he stumbled upon Nori when the local tricked him with the ability to shapeshift. They tell him he is from Rhûn and believe it to be Sauron. Nori ends up coming to the aid, accompanied by friends, including Sadoc, played by Lenny Henry (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Penelope). Nori convinces the stranger that he’s not evil. He uses The Dweller’s staff to save the Harfoots. The evil magical beings call him “Istar”, which means wizard, and although this is unconfirmed, there is a definite suggestion that the stranger is Gandalf. Sadoc – wounded in battle – dies peacefully. Nori returns to the other Harfoots before she is allowed to leave with the Stranger on her journey to Rhûn to learn more about her identity. His English accent and eloquent speech patterns are shocking.
Elendil, portrayed by Lloyd Owen (Apollo 18, Miss Potter), and Queen Regent Míriel, played by Cynthia Addai-Robinson (The Accountant, Star Trek Into Darkness), return to Númenor by ship and mutually reaffirm their commitment. Together they will ensure that their sacrifices – including the son of Elendil and the sight of Míriel – are not in vain. On Númenor, Míriel’s father dies. Just before doing so, he reveals to Eärien, played by Ema Horvath (What lies beneath), believing that she is Míriel, that above he saw the future. She understands what he means when she discovers a palantíri stone.
Back with Elrond, played by Robert Aramayo (Game of Thrones, behind his eyes), and Celebrimbor, played by Charles Edwards (The Crown, The Duke), who prepare to disappoint their king by telling him that they haven’t found enough mithril. Galadriel, played by Morfyrdd Clark (Sainte Maud, Crawl), and an injured Halbrand, played by Charlie Vickers (Medici), arrive and interrupt them. Halbrand recovers and suggests that Celebrimbor combine it with other elements to make it more powerful. Galadriel is suspicious of her former traveling companion and his displays of unfounded wisdom. She is waiting for historical data on the history of the Southlands. Halbrand is the hero when he suggests to Celebrimbor and Elrond that they shouldn’t force him to merge with other elements but rather allow him to do so easily. Galadriel finds the information she ordered and discovers that Halbrand is not the king of the Southlands. She demands that he reveal his true identity and is shocked to learn that he, the being whose life she has just saved, is Sauron, the one she has been hunting all along. He punches her, sending her into a dreamlike Earth memory with her brother, who was seen in the first episode, “A Shadow of the Past”. She eventually snaps out of her trance and rejects his offer to join him in ruling Middle-earth together. Halbrand doesn’t think there is a distinction between ruling and saving.
Galadriel tries to keep her mistake a secret and informs the others that Halbrand won’t be coming back. Instead of making one ring with the mithril, they will make three for more balance. These rings are intended to be made for Elvish use only. Halbrand arrives in Mordor. The episode unrolls the credits of the song which reminds the viewer of the creation of the rings. This episode was at the origin of the three elven rings. Halbrand will likely take what he learned from the elves to create the One Ring.
“Alloyed” was an episode of two real twists. The Stranger’s transformation into a benevolent wizard was both unexpected and rewarding. The misdirection of his destructive habits combined with their accidental nature cleverly lulled audiences into the sense that he was Sauron, the one Galadriel hunted. This reveal was generally well done, aside from a few cheesy lines and its off-putting instant transformation into a verbose, English-accented, fully self-aware “Istar.” Halbrand’s unveiling as Sauron was undoubtedly shocking, if not slightly absurd. There were hints of his darker side with street fights, vague answers, and mentions of a dark past, but nothing really suggested he was Sauron until this episode. This can be a delicious twist; however, this automatically inspires quite a few questions. What was he doing all season? Did Sauron, one of the most powerful beings in Middle-earth, if not one of the most powerful, have a massive tantrum? Did he really want to turn to a life as a blacksmith? If he was looking for a change for the whole season, why did he revert to his old self here? The unveiling of Sauron was the most exciting part of the finale and of the season, but it was a little hard to grasp. The rest of the episode generally fell flat with rather monotonous dialogue. “Alloyed” perfectly sums up the highs and lows of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power first season with Amazon Prime. There were some high-quality moments surrounded by underwhelming scenes, stunning visuals, and thankless stories.