THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER Dropped Hints About Sauron's Identity Way Sooner Than We Realized

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER Dropped Hints About Sauron's Identity Way Sooner Than We Realized THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE RINGS OF POWER Dropped Hints About Sauron's Identity Way Sooner Than We Realized

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay have revealed that they started dropping hints about Sauron's true identity in the series much sooner than we realised.

By JoshWilding - Oct 30, 2022 05:10 PM EST
Filed Under: Lord of the Rings
Source: Vanity Fair (via SFFGazette.com)

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power's finale featured the big reveal Charlie Vickers' Halbrand is, in fact, Sauron. We still don't know what led to him being lost at sea - or how he came to be essentially powerless - but that story is one we anticipate being further explored in season 2. 

In the final few moments of "Alloyed," Halbrand revealed his true self to Galadriel and made his way to the newly created Mordor, clearly looking to regain the status he lost when Morgoth was defeated. While the character quickly emerged as a fan-favourite candidate for the show's Sauron, there were clues scattered throughout The Rings of Power earlier than we thought. 

Talking to Vanity Fair (via SFFGazette.com), showrunners J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay confirmed they started laying the groundwork for the big Sauron as soon as Halbrand's first appearance.

"Yes, in his very first shot, he's looking over his shoulder with one eye. And in episode two, he says, 'The tides of fate are flowing. Yours may be heading out,'" Payne explains. "That’s the line that Galadriel says to Frodo when the ring comes into her orbit. She’s repeating the first thing he ever said to her."

"She asks on the raft, 'What kind of man would leave his companions to die?' He says, 'The kind of man that knows how to survive.'"

As The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power continued, both Galadriel and viewers were fooled into thinking Halbrand might be the heroic King of the Southlands. Instead, Sauron was just inspired to try and regain his power, with all signs now pointing to him bringing a new reign of terror to Middle-earth. 

Did you guys spot any early Sauron clues in the show? Let us know your thoughts on that in the usual place.
 

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FASELI
FASELI - 10/30/2022, 5:40 PM
If you create a character whilst the antagonist is not yet seen on screen you can drop all the meaningless hints you want.
SethBullock
SethBullock - 10/30/2022, 6:39 PM
Sh*t show.

Give the rights back to Marvel.
ScaryTerry
ScaryTerry - 10/30/2022, 6:58 PM
@SethBullock - LOL
The1st
The1st - 10/31/2022, 8:51 AM
@SethBullock - I'd say the estate, but they cosigned on this knowing they were letting Amazon do the show without the full toolset. Probably with good reason I'd imagine.
Moriakum
Moriakum - 10/30/2022, 6:43 PM


Kyos
Kyos - 10/30/2022, 6:51 PM
I thought the show was pretty enjoyable fan fiction overall, but Discount Aragorn and his reveal as Sauron were probably my least favourite part.
DerekLake
DerekLake - 10/30/2022, 7:16 PM
This show… the more they talk about their thought process, the less credible their “we’re Tolkien fans” claims seem. It’s almost mind boggling to me why they’d tell the story of the titular rings of power in this way.

Almost, because it’s apparent that this isn’t that story, but rather a poor attempt to out-prequel The Hobbit Trilogy while hitting some necessary contemporary Hollywood tropes, including the “antagonistic strong female” protagonist and the mystery-boxes-as-a-substitute-for-compelling-characterization form of storytelling.

This is such a misguided series, especially given the creative boundaries in which they were allowed to write. Telling the story of the rings of power, even with limited rights to Tolkien’s works, only required them to figure out how to adapt the stories of Eregion, Celebrimbor, and Annatar’s plan into an engaging eight hour-long episode season. From there they could tell the rest of the story of the Second Age.

But instead of doing that, they took a cheap “market-tested” approach to getting high viewership, all the while claiming that their show was actually based on Tolkien’s work. And even then, it would have been better for them to gender-bend Celebrimbor rather than take the approach they did.

Their comments about Season 2 don’t bode well either. The solution is not to focus on Sauron as some sort of Walter White character, or to shove in canonical characters to check the boxes. The solution is to tell the story already told, because there’s a reason it works well. But that’s likely expecting too much from two failed scriptwriters making a show for the most soulless company on the planet.
MrDandy
MrDandy - 10/30/2022, 7:28 PM
I knew it from “hi, I’m Halbrand”

And I only watched 4 episodes.
DrReedRichards
DrReedRichards - 10/30/2022, 8:05 PM
@MrDandy -

IcePyke
IcePyke - 10/30/2022, 7:38 PM
"It's time to cringe"

AnthonyVonGeek
AnthonyVonGeek - 10/31/2022, 2:42 PM
Does anyone even care? Show was uninspiring and disappointing for me.
RegularPoochie
RegularPoochie - 10/31/2022, 3:40 PM
@AnthonyVonGeek - looks like you care
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