Hollywood used to very recently became the idea of an arc of corruption. It’s an old story, but lately it’s been popping up everywhere, from YA fantasy adaptations to gothic horror. Sometimes our heroes cannot succumb to the lure of the dark side, and sometimes they manage to resist and defeat their enemies. Whatever the outcome, the art of seduction and the tension it creates will never cease to be hot. That’s something the writers of “Rings of Power” seem to understand well, especially after the temptation of Galadriel in “Alloyed”.
Temptation has always been a major theme in Tolkien-Verse, but it has never felt as passionate as it does in “Rings of Power.” Sauron knew that, deep down, more than anything, Galadriel sought strength. For the greater good of course – to drive the forces of darkness from Middle-earth once and for all – but she is still very flawed at the end of the day. Obviously not as good as Sauron, but ironically, they bring something good to each other. It’s easy to see how powerful they can be together, how they can inspire change. Of course, all of this was made worse by the fact that Sauron had indirectly killed everyone that Galadriel had ever loved, and forced her to fight an eternal war.
That being dark. The mere idea of these two complete opposites, with devastating powers joining forces (and possibly even cuteness) is appealing not only to Galadriel but to audiences as well. It’s the perfect blend of stress and suffering. It’s lovers who cross the stars with a grotesque mess, and you’d be lying if you said it wasn’t at least a small sexy.
https://www.slashfilm.com/1058257/the-lord-of-the-rings-has-never-been-sexier-than-galadriels-temptation-scene-in-the-rings-of-power/ The Lord of the Rings has never been sexier than Galadriel’s temptation in the Rings of Power