Warning: the following article contains spoilers for The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power and speculations about what could happen in the second season.
So now we know who Sauron is and we got an idea of how “the one ring that will rule them all” ended up being forged. After a season finale that featured several major revelations, The rings of power it will remain off our TV screens for at least a year, leaving several threads of the plot and some mysteries still to be unraveled.
Now, fans of the show will have plenty of time to speculate on what might happen in the show’s second season. Will the newly revealed Sauron show his hand to the other characters? Will Durin give in to temptation? Here’s a quick rundown of the things we’d like to see in the show’s next season.
Sauron faces his enemies
As we see at the end of the first season, Halbrand shows his hand and is revealed to be Sauron. He then attempts to lure Galadriel to his cause of him, explaining that since Morgoth has been defeated, all he really wants is to heal the divisions in Middle-earth. Galadriel doesn’t really buy it, though, and Sauron disappears completely.
At the end of the season, however, we see that he is heading towards Mount Doom, where Adar and his army of orcs are waiting for him. If season 2 picks up exactly where the first one left off, chances are we’ll see Sauron take on Adar head-on. When we meet the Fellowship, Sauron is in firm control of the orcs, so Sauron will have to defeat Adar at some point and gain control of his forces. We may also see Sauron claim Mordor on his behalf and attempt to spread the darkness that has haunted that land to the rest of Middle-earth.
It remains to be seen what form Sauron’s confrontation will take. He is an immensely powerful dark wizard, but he doesn’t have any kind of army at his disposal, so he would appear to be at a rather major disadvantage.
More sentimental stuff than Harfoot
Nori has now set out on her adventure with the wizard and has left the rest of the Harfoots behind. It’s unclear if we’ll be checking in with the rest of the Harfoots next season, but hopefully there’s still plenty of action for them in the episodes to come.
Halflings are an essential part of Tolkien’s world and often serve as his heart and soul. Above all, they remind us of the good in the world and the innocence that so many of our characters are working hard to defend.
Sauron helps build some additional rings
In the finale, the elves come incredibly close to creating rings of power under the influence of Sauron. After Galadriel discovered Sauron, however, they decided to move on with the forging of the rings. Instead of forging two, however, they decide to forge three with the aim of maintaining balance. Those rings were forged outside of Sauron’s influence, but we already know that the rings given to dwarves and men are part of Sauron’s larger plan.
While he may not forge all of these rings next season, we hope Sauron will ingratiate himself with both the dwarves and men and corrupt them. That corruption will eventually give life to the rings and, as we all know, Sauron will eventually forge a ring that will reign over them all.
Durin will dig too eagerly and too deep
We have already seen Durin discover mithril and offer some to Elrond and the elves, but the last time we saw him, his father the king had forbidden him to dig deeper into the mines of Khazad-dûm, which rightfully he believed that digging as that could lead to ruin. What we see, however, is that Durin is determined to keep digging at any cost, and it seems likely that mithril will be needed to forge the rest of the rings.
We also saw what the dwarves await as they continue to dig. A balrog is living in the depths of the mine, and it is that balrog that will eventually turn Khazad-dûm into the tomb we see when it appears in The Fellowship of the Ring. There are thousands of years between the events we are currently witnessing and those we are witnessing Company, but we already know the end of this story. What we understand now is that Durin’s determination to seek out mithril is not based solely on his greed. He believes he needs mithril to save the elves.
The fall of Númenor begins
If it wasn’t already clear, Númenor isn’t around when Bilbo finds the only ring. What happens would be a bit of a spoiler, but by the end of the season it’s clear that there are problems in the realm of men. Queen Miriel has now lost her father and will have to face the question of whether she is the right person to take on the role of leader.
Furthermore, we know that Pharazon has no real desire to help his fellow men, and is instead only interested in extending Númenor’s power and influence. If Sauron comes in conniving form, it’s easy to see how the Númenorians can be tricked into making the kinds of mistakes that will ultimately have horrific consequences for them.
Keep Morfydd Clark in the center
Although there are certainly a lot of plot developments that we would like to see in a second season. More important than all of this, though, is to keep Morfydd Clark’s Galadriel at the center of the story.
Clark’s performance has so far been a revelation, and his version of the character appears to be both less formed and as powerful as the one we’ve seen in the Peter Jackson films. Clark is the beating heart of the show and is at the heart of its overall mission.
Let the story unfold at its own pace
In general, Power ringsThe first season was a huge success. The show generated a sizeable audience, leveraging its expansive budget to create some thrilling scenes. The biggest problem with Season 1 came when it felt like the show was pushing too hard to get its story where it needed to go.
There were times when the characters could have had more room to breathe and we could have seen their development unfold more gradually. We hope to have more room for subtleties next season.
Season one of The Lord of the Rings: The rings of power is currently streaming on Prime Video.