FULL SPOILERS AHEAD FOR THE SEASON ONE FINALE OF THE RINGS OF POWER.
After a lot hypothesis as to their id, the eighth and ultimate episode of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Energy’s first season revealed which forged member had been the evil Sauron all alongside. After an preliminary misdirect that mentioned Sauron was The Stranger (David Weyman), it was revealed later within the episode that the Darkish Lord was, the truth is, Halbrand (Charlie Vickers).
Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) started to suspect Halbrand was greater than he appeared when he confirmed an abundance of curiosity in serving to Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards) forge what would turn into the primary three rings of energy. However when she found that the final king of the Southlands died centuries earlier than with out an inheritor, Halbrand acknowledged that he was certainly Sauron – and that Galadriel had helped deliver her archenemy dwelling.
In an interview with Leisure Weekly, Charlie Vickers mentioned he initially didn’t know he was truly taking part in Sauron, however the supplies he was given for his audition steered he could be:
“I had perhaps six or seven auditions, and after I obtained to the top of the audition course of, they gave me two monologues. They gave me a monologue from Richard III on the finish, when he is standing over a physique and is principally being actually evil. Then, the opposite one was from Paradise Misplaced, the poem by Milton, and it was actually Devil. So I had an inkling after I was doing these speeches that the character had some type of a darkish arc.”
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It wasn’t till they have been filming the third episode of the primary season that the producers knowledgeable Vickers he was, certainly, taking part in Sauron. This secret was stored from many of the forged and crew – save for Vickers’ scene associate Morfydd Clark – as late into the manufacturing as doable.
Vickers informed EW that he absorbed as a lot of J.R.R. Tolkien’s supply materials as he might in preparation for the function, studying all of the books and supplemental supplies together with the writer’s notes, together with one through which the writer revealed that, though the embodiment of evil, Sauron felt repentant following his actions within the First Age.
“Whether or not or not you view that repentance as real fully colours his actions of the season. You may look again at his actions, and they are often real repentance and all of it is sensible. However if you happen to take a look at him as manipulating every thing and utilizing Galadriel to deliver him again,” Vickers mentioned. “In fact, there are some coincidences that occur alongside the best way, which play into his palms. However he is ready to manipulate folks. I’ve a transparent reply as to what labored greatest for me, however I like to go away it type of ambiguous for the viewers as a result of it creates a little bit of fascinating dialogue. It makes it cool to look again on and go away it to interpretation, I believe.”
Vickers is the primary actor to play Sauron as a human being, and he likened Sauron’s potential to shape-shift and absolutely immerse himself into being a human so as to accomplish his agenda as being like a thespian, jokingly observing, “He is just like the world’s best Technique actor. He is like Daniel Day-Lewis.”
Season One ends with Sauron reaching Mordor. Vickers informed Selection in a separate interview that Sauron “has a plan. Going again into Mordor is the primary stage of that plan. I’m not going to spoil it, but it surely doesn’t take lengthy to search out out within the second season. We discover out fairly rapidly. He positively has a plan, and that’s the place it begins, with these first few steps again down. I’ve began filming; we’re properly underway within the second season. I’ve learn a couple of scripts and am very a lot immersed in that world now.”
Whereas Halbrand’s journey could now be over, Sauron’s has simply begun …
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