- Galadriel found the Dark Lord’s identify in the King of the Southlands’ bloodline on Thursday’s Season 1 finale.
- The scene’s ferocity ended Galadriel and Halbrand’s season-long friendship.
- Season 2 is already underway, and Vickers has a plan for his character’s development.
- “The One Ring is down the track,” Vickers says.
The following reveals important details about the Season 1 conclusion of Rings of Power. In that case, continue in that fashion. At long last, the identity of Sauron is revealed in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers. On Thursday’s Season 1 finale, Galadriel discovered the actual identity of the Dark Lord by researching the ancestry of the King of the Southlands.
Shockingly, she discovered in Eregion’s records that the king’s line had perished a thousand years earlier and that he had no heirs, proving that Halbrand had lied about his identity. When she questioned him further, the mysterious Southlander revealed that he was actually Sauron.
The public did not discover who Sauron was until the end of the film, but Charlie Vickers discovered who he was playing a few days before filming Episode 3. In an interview, Vickers revealed, “I filmed that sequence on the raft in the first and second episode not knowing, just believing I was Halbrand.”
Those who have been keeping track of Halbrand’s history might learn a lot from Episode 3. After being heckled by a mob of Nmenóreans, he snapped a man’s arm and demanded, in a menacing manner, that they “call me Halbrand.”
You’d think Sauron is one of the great villains, so why is he having a bar fight in an alleyway with some big dudes in Nenor? I find that a really interesting moment.
“He wouldn’t do it,” the star says. But I believe he would, and here’s why: I think it demonstrates how low he’s fallen, and Tolkien describes how low he falls during this time, before gently rising again. The fact that he’s a nasty guy and that, if provoked, he can explode and make blunders is also shown. When Galadriel refused to be manipulated into becoming his queen, we watched his anger boil over once more.
His usual calm manner vanished, and he proceeded to tease her until they were both shouting at each other. It’s really unacceptable.
When asked about Sauron’s interaction with Galadriel, Vickers explains, “I mean, it’s the gaslighting.” He thinks she can speed up the implementation of his concepts because she has a direct line of communication with the elves. He’s trying to convince her that they use this frequency. His co-star, Morfydd Clark, found the scene “a bit upsetting,” as they were once again on the raft, which was a pain to film on. But it was “great to take it full circle,” as the saying goes.
Furthermore, the scene’s brutality signalled the end of Galadriel and Halbrand’s budding friendship throughout the season. There were “clear vibrations” between the two, as even Vickers admits, but he didn’t see any romance there.
He finally breaks his silence, saying, “I’ve heard people have been shipping, and I’m down for that.” I didn’t get any lovey-dovey sensations, but that’s cool that others did. And I think they connect more on the level of, “We’re both functioning on some kind of different frequency than everyone else.” This is quite exciting for Sauron/Halbrand because it has been a long time since he has encountered somebody who can work at a similar level as himself. “That’s probably where the chemistry lies.”
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring stars Morfydd Clark and Charlie Vickers.
At the end of Season 1, Sauron was seen peering at Mount Doom on the horizon, a clear indicator that the Dark Lord had finally arrived in Mordor. Vickers has a clear plan for his character’s development in Season 2, which is now in production and filming.
The fact that the world is built before the end of Season 1 is what I find most interesting. He reflects, “We’ve seen the three rings.” Although he does not create the rings himself, he is instrumental in their creation. According to the legends, “plenty of cool things” are going to be happening very soon though; It’s why we made nine rings for regular humans and seven for the dwarfs. And then there’s the one ring to rule them all—the ultimate ring. “The One Ring is down the track,” Vickers says.
At some time in the show, he’ll need to create the rings, so we’re including that. I can’t say anything certain about it at this time, but I can’t wait until we get there in the plot to find out.
Concerning the Halbrand angle, Vickers isn’t certain that Sauron has finished with that leg of his journey. I’ve enjoyed playing him during this time of redemption. “The question of whether or not it’s genuine is fascinating, and it’s a major topic in what Tolkien writes about the character at this time,” adds Vickers. “He always thinks he’s doing good, so there’s that complexity to him as a character,” Tolkien said. “He’s trying to heal and rehabilitate Middle-earth.”
The attraction of the Dark Lord is enhanced by the fact that he assumes several guises in the Second Age. According to Vickers’s analysis, the audience will always have the opinion that “Sure, he’s clearly bad and should be thought of as dreadful.”
However, if we try to understand things from his perspective, we might be able to recognise that his initial intentions were not malicious. Having gone through all I have this season, I like to think that a small part of Halbrand will always remain within me.
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