The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 8 Review – Season 1 Final

Warning: Below contains full spoilers for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 8, which is now streaming on Prime Video. To refresh your memory, check out our review of last week’s episode.

So we find ourselves here, at the end of it all — or at least at the end of season one, with an epilogue that does the trick. If Episode VI is expanded, that satisfies, as it brings us some long-awaited answers and sets some characters on new paths. The Dwarves and the Souths are completely missing out this week, which means that models John DePaine and Patrick McKay have gotten a little in-depth at all who are left. If this didn’t feature in every scene, it would be enough to make me wish Season 2 was immediately available.

The first big story this week is a hoax, in which a stranger (Daniel Wyman) is tricked and then cornered by the strange cults we’ve seen before, The Dweller (Bridie Sisson) and her sisters. shock! They address him as Lord Sauron, and he seems to be rolling the words through his mind, trying to relate them to himself. It’s a nice vindication moment for all those who picked him up in the Sauron Identity Bingo, but it didn’t last long. If the stranger was really Sauron, it would be a cruel joke to try to save Nuri (Markella Kavenagh) and her tiny companions.

The four Harvots face off against trained fighters; At least the inhabitant is also a mutant and seems to have similar powers to the stranger here. It’s a change for Middle-earth, which is missing a lot of downright magic. Tolkien wizards tend to know things, change things and influence things, without much in the way of traditional spelling beyond a few fireballs. But when Sadoc Burrows (Lenny Henry) is seriously injured and all seems lost for Nori, her mother (Sarah Zwangoubani) and BFF Poppy (Megan Richards) Stranger finally finds his nerve – and his strength. He confronts the occupant and literally hits her away. It seems that she and her colleagues turned into ghosts and then butterflies? It’s an optical trick that usually reminds Gandalf of chatting with moths, but it’s less friendly. Unfortunately, it is too late for Sadok who dies with the sunrise. There are worse ways than following a little heroism, surrounded by people who love it.

The stranger finally finds his nerve – and his strength.

Finally, the stranger is free to go find himself, somewhere somewhere in the East called Ron. He’s learned to be Istari – what you might call a wizard. Bing! There is a result that seems more favorable, if completely expected. The stranger also took what Nuri had said to him: He firmly declares that he is “good,” and you feel sure of it now. They returned briefly to Harfout camp, but there Nuri decided to go with him on his search. After a true emotional farewell to her family, she sets out with the stranger to see more of the world. And then – gasp! – Says a line that clearly echoes Gandalf (When he was temporarily lost in the Mine of Moria in The Fellowship of the Ring). Certainly This puts this debate to sleep. Our Gandalf! Early half-lives were given according to official law, but who counts a few thousand years here or there?

The second thread in this episode is shorter: the Numenorians sail back to their island home, recovering from their losses. Elendil (Lloyd Owen) has some words of comfort for the now-blind Queen Regent Merrill (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) but nothing can seem to ease his grief over the loss of his son Isildur (Maxim Baldry). They arrive to find hanging flags of mourning for King Tar Palantir (Ken Blackburn), who died in their absence – but not before telling Ellendel’s daughter Irene (Emma Horvath) about Palantir upstairs. It remains to be seen what effect will be, but with the thoughtful appearance of Pharazôn (Trystan Gravelle) and the people behind him, things look dark for Meryl in more ways than one.

It’s nice to see Galadriel and Elrond bring real texture and depth to these roles.

Meanwhile, Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) returns to Eregion with a seriously ill Halbrand (Charlie Vickers). It’s handed over to Elven healers as Gladrill explains her miraculous appearance to Elrond (Robert Aramayo) and Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards), who are understandably surprised when someone last appeared on a straight staircase to Heaven in armor, dragging a sick human. behind. Galadriel explains about doing the 8000km front crawl back from Valinor and why she felt it was necessary; Elrond brings it up to speed up the Elves’ existential threat and they have some bonding time. In the golden light and artificial perfection of the sets of Elven City, again beautifully realized by all of Amazon’s cash, it’s nice to see two characters who bring real texture and depth to these roles. Credit is credited not only to these actors – both of whom are great – but to director Wayne Chi-yip and composer of the series Bear McCreary, whose scores remain flawless.

Meanwhile, Celebrimbor is trying to figure out a way to use the small mass of their mithril to save the entire Elven population. Enter the Retriever Halbrand with some helpful advice on smelting techniques, as a chorus of Tolkien fanatics shout “I knew it!” in TV. Fun fact: Legally, Sauron once worked with the Elven smiths of Eregion under the name Annatar, and was instrumental in discovering how rings of power are formed. Here’s Halbrand doing the same thing – I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.

A chorus of Tolkien fanatics shouts “I knew it!” in TV.

Galadriel, however, is not, and the Knights conduct a nearby librarian to investigate the family whose coat of arms Halbrand is wearing. Wadia knows that the line faded a thousand years ago – which, in her defence, was basically yesterday from a dwarf’s perspective. Who can track these humans, etc.? It’s an abrupt transformation on her part from comrade-in-arms to wary guard, apparently motivated by the show’s makers’ desire to keep Galadriel on the side of the Angels rather than any outright suspicious behavior on Halbrand’s part. Then again, it’s time for someone to start asking him some questions.

She confronts Halbrand, who confesses: Your Excellency Sauron – Inhale! – but he is not bad, as he claims; Just draw it this way. The deaths of thousands of Elf, including the death of her brother(s), was just an unfortunate misunderstanding. He wants her to fight on his side, lead Middle-earth and save her from herself. Fortunately (and inevitably), Galadriel remains strong, and after some fiddling and discovery as he wanders through her memories – as well as a visual response to her other seduction moment, with Frodo in Lothlorien – he disappears from Eregion. We see him once again making his way to Mordor to conquer this new volcanic world. Watch out, manage.

Galadriel has been cheated on, but it looks like a weight has been lifted from her. Her enemy is already there and her misgivings are proven. That’s why she can donate her brother’s dagger, ultra-pure Valinorean silver, and gold to form the Three Rings of Elves. She, Elrond and Celebrimbor stand, looking at their new creations. finally! We can finally stop misquoting Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park: Now you’re finally planning to have Rings of Power on your Rings Of Power show, right?

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