Warning: The next article incorporates spoilers for the season finale of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy.
The thriller on the coronary heart of the primary season of The Rings of Energy was whether or not Sauron was someplace amongst the present’s sprawling ensemble. Within the season finale, titled “Alloys,” we get our reply: Halbrand, Galadriel’s human companion and shut confidant all through a lot of the season, is in actual fact Sauron. Galadriel discovers that he’s not the misplaced king of the Southlands, and Halbrand a.okay.a. Sauron makes an attempt to persuade her to hitch forces with him by exhibiting Galadriel a imaginative and prescient of her long-lost brother. His temptation in the end fails, and Halbrand leaves Eregion.
Earlier than doing so, although, he helps Celebrimbor unlock the facility of the Mithril that Elrond managed to smuggle out of Khazad-dûm in final week’s episode. Galadriel manages to persuade each Elrond and Celebrimbor that they need to not work with Halbrand, and he or she tells them to forge three rings as a substitute of 1 or two. Elrond in the end discovers that Halbrand shouldn’t be the king of the Southlands, and their story ends with the forging of the Elven rings of energy. The final we see of Halbrand/Sauron, he’s making his means towards Mount Doom.
The episode additionally options a number of moments targeted on the Numenorians, together with Miriel and Elendir’s return to Numenor and the information that Miriel’s father, the king, has died. Earlier than his loss of life, although, the king confuses Eärien for his personal daughter and tells her in regards to the doom that’s coming for Numenor in the event that they don’t reforge their alliance with the Elves. He additionally grants her entry to the Palantír in order that she will look into the long run, though we don’t get to see no matter she sees.
The third main plotline entails The Stranger, who’s confronted by the cultists who’ve been following him. They declare that he’s Sauron, however we uncover that they’re mistaken. He’s in actual fact an Istar or wizard, and may very well be Gandalf, though we don’t but know that for positive. With some assist from Nori and the harfoots, The Stranger determines that he’s good and destroys the cultists. Then, he decides that he should set off towards Rhûn, a land within the far east the place he can be taught extra about who he’s. Nori decides to strike off with the Stranger, leaving the Harfoots behind.
And that’s the place the season finale leaves us. The Elves have their rings of energy, Sauron has been revealed, and Nori and The Stranger, who may very properly be Gandalf, are off on an journey. Rings of Energy shall be again for one more season, however till then, we’ll simply have to start out this season over from the highest.