LOTR: Rings of Power Star Predicted Sauron Twist Very Early On
SPOILER ALERT FOR RINGS OF POWER SEASON 1
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power actor Ismael Cruz Cordova (Arondir) talks about how he could predict the show’s Sauron twist well before anyone was told. The Amazon Prime Video Season 1 ended with its episode Alloyed on October 14 this year. The fantasy television series is a prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, set thousands of years before the two trilogies unfold. While Amazon Studios has produced in with New Line Cinema, its prime consultant has been the Tolkien Estate.
The plot explores how Elf Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) is searching for Sauron, the chief servant of the Dark Lord Morgoth, who was defeated. The show has a long and talented ensemble cast of actors introducing the audience to characters, some familiar and some new, who will also set the stage for season 2. Actors dawning in various roles include Robert Aramayo (Elrond), Joseph Mawle (Adar), and human Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi), apart from some other crucial introductions in Harfoots, Dwarves, and Istaris.
In a THR report, Cordova was quoted as revealing how, as if playing a game, the entire cast was tasked with zeroing it down to find who Sauron was. From using hit and trial to all sorts of permutations and combinations, he would cross people off the list while reading their script. « I had a feeling from the get-go based on what we were reading, so I would cross people out. « This person is canon. This person is not canon. There’s something fishy here, » he said. Cruz also added how it was narrowed « down to the possibility that it was either me or Halbrand [Charlie Vickers]. » See what Cordova said below:
So a few of us narrowed it down to the possibility that it was either me or Halbrand [Charlie Vickers]. (Laughs.) The Stranger [Daniel Weyman] was a possibility as well, and Adar [Joseph Mawle] was one of the more obvious ones. But after a second, I was like, “It’s definitely not [Arondir]. This guy is good. This guy is good to a fault.” So I don’t know if he remembers, but there was a moment where I gave Charlie Vickers a big wink. I was like, “What’s up, dude?” and I gave him a very knowing wink. (Laughs.) But he was very good at not giving anything away, and as we went on, it just became so clear. I would be like, “Hey, what’s up, Sauron?” just to try to get it out of him, but I knew for a while.
Sauron, as much as a sore in the eye, is relevant to the story and has been the subject of contention in the past, including the trilogies. The show-makers teased the audiences with his return from the first episode and revealed they did by the season finale. The secrecy of his existence is well-balanced by the mention of the leader of the Orcs, aka Uruk killing him. It becomes even more of a curious case given the coming season(s) hinge on the hint that Sauron, possibly with the help of Adar, is the sole agent of the elves’ destruction; hence, their driving force to save themselves and the Second Age of Middle-Earth.
That Cruz talks about how he cracks the show’s Sauron code well before anyone could, but that he was only able to do so while sitting through the intense script-reading sessions, is a testament to the power of intelligent writing style in The Rings of Power. The fact of the matter in this age of social media decoders is that it sits well with the level of eagerness any franchise means to build in the minds of its followers. Such instances where actors as integral to the plot as Cruz cannot as easily unfurl the mysteries of the script turn a catalyst quickly for the audiences to revisit easter eggs and clues in what they have already seen. And with the enthusiasm The Rings of Power has managed to create, it will be a pull factor for both LOTR and TROP fans to look forward to future seasons more intelligently.