It seems every character is hung on a knife edge in this episode and must confront fateful choices that will determine the rest of the sequel.
In the Southlands, young Theo (Tyroe Muhafidin) decides to stay with his mother instead of Waldreg and even goes as far as to expand with Arondir on his broken hilt. Both decisions paid off as Arondir immediately recognized it as some kind of “key” (quite convenient) that would fit an old stone statue in the watchtower. Whatever the specifics, it’s clear that Adar is looking to restore Theo’s hilt… at all costs.
Meanwhile, Isildur (Maxim Baldry) and Kemen find their actions intersect in explosive ways in Númenor, as the former’s attempt to escape onto one of the battleships under his father Elendil’s bow ( Lloyd Owen) coincided with the latter’s sly sabotage to blow up the fleet and prevent the island from entering war in Middle-earth. Bound by guaranteed destruction if either reveals the other’s secret, the remaining protagonists must instead deal with defeat with only 3 ships left.
Finally, Halbrand alludes to his own dark secrets as he stands as the voter deciding whether to support Middle-earth or not against Sauron. He heavily hinted that he was forced to ally with the enemy to board that raft in the Sundering Seas where he met Galadriel in the first place. But instead of judging him, Galadriel’s admission that she simply can’t stop fighting – to the point where even friends like Elrond can no longer distinguish themselves from the villain she wants to defeat. – makes the two characters become more similar. And though Halbrand wavered about whether or not to rise above his past, his sense of honor was ultimately successful.
Halbrand, Bronwyn, Durin, and others all hold the fates of kingdoms in their own hands, and all elements make up the episode’s dramatic focus on overcoming great divisions and past failures to do the right thing. With just a few episodes left, “The Rings of Power” has carefully positioned its characters to stand on top of their biggest battle and toughest challenge yet.
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