LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 30: Charlie Vickers attends "The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power" World Premiere at Leicester Square on August 30, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J. Hogan/Getty Images)
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Why Sauron Had To Take The Form He Did In The Rings Of Power
The season finale of "The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power" tackled the big twist fans have been theorizing about since the very first episode — Halbrand's true identity as the Dark Lord Sauron. And while the result was not that shocking, it was the logical conclusion to the groundwork laid out in the seven episodes before it.
In an interview with Esquire, co-showrunner J.D. Payne said the end result came after deciding to latch onto the idea of Galadriel having a history with the Dark Lord. Sauron's slow ascent to relevancy after defeat in the First Age is aptly paired with Galadriel's thirst for vengeance.
There is no doubt that Sauron is evil, a temptation that Galadriel ultimately refuses. However, "The Rings of Power" understands that in order to come to that conclusion, they had to set up Sauron as someone not that far off from Galadriel herself, and the creation of the Halbrand identity seemingly served as a way for Sauron to start a new life in Middle-earth.