A recent promo for this week’s penultimate episode of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power amplified the drama by announcing that “Mordor shall rise; heroes shall fall”, and while the second part of that statement turned out to be a fake, tragedy struck more than one main character.
Major spoilers for this episode and the work of JRRTolkien follows.
“The Eye” picked up immediately after the events of last Friday’s episode, with Galadriel and the other survivors of Mount Doom’s eruption attempting to regroup and escape the scorched lands that will soon be known as Mordor. As the Elven warrior meets Theo and goes in search of the Númenórean camp, we see that Queen Míriel is traveling with Isildur and his friends… well, make that friend.
Isil finds the blond guy (let’s call him Red Shirt 1) lying dead under a pile of rubble, and soon joins him when the rest of the flaming structure crumbles. Now unless this show made a massive altering the source material, we know that Isildur survives, but everyone – including his distraught father Elendil – thinks otherwise.
As for the queen, it is soon revealed that she was blinded by the fires of Mordor. Although some seem to be under the impression that this character was created for the series, Tar-Míriel was indeed the last ruler of Númenór in Tolkien’s lore. She never lost her sight, but was eventually drowned with the rest of her people when the Valar destroyed the island kingdom.
Míriel returns to Númenór with the grieving Elendil and the rest of the survivors, but vows to return to Middle-earth to continue the fight with larger forces. Meanwhile, Galadriel leaves with an injured Halbrand, who may or may not be Sauron. We’re betting he’ll either become the Wizard King or the King of the Dead, but there have certainly been hints that he’ll eventually be unveiled as the Dark Lord.
Will Sauron finally be revealed in next week’s season finale? Check out a promo below.
Amazon Studios’ upcoming series brings to screens the heroic legends of Middle-earth’s legendary Second Age history for the very first time. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of JRR Tolkien The Hobbit and The Lord of the Ringsand will take viewers back to a time when great powers were forged, kingdoms grew glorious and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope clung to the thinnest of threads and the greatest villain. that ever sprang from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover everyone in darkness.
Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows a cast of characters, both familiar and new, as they confront the dreaded re-emergence of evil in Middle-earth. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains, to the majestic forests of the elven capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the far reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that will last long after they left.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power stars Morfydd Clark, Benjamin Walker, Charles Edwards, Charlie Vickers, Markella Kavenagh, Nazanin Boniadi, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Tyroe Muhafidin, Maxim Baldry, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Owain Arthur, Trystan Gravelle, Sir Lenny Henry, Ema Horvath, Sophia Nomvete, Megan Richards, Dylan Smith, Leon Wadham, Daniel Weyman and Sara Zwangobani.