The season finale of Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is set to air this Friday. While we’re sad we won’t have weekly trips to Middle-Earth to look forward to until season two comes around, we’re excited for the questions we could have answers to by the end of this week.
The Rings of Power‘s first season has teased fans with a lot of questions, like where (or who) is Sauron, and who is the mysterious Stranger? The season finale will no doubt offer some major revelations, and we’ve got a few we’re hoping for.
Take a look at five questions we hope to have answered and moments we want to see in the season finale of Prime Video’s The Rings of Power.
1. WHO THE F**K IS SAURON?!
We gotta start this by addressing the one question we’ve all had on our minds from the beginning: who is Sauron? We think we speak for everyone when we say we’ll flip a table if we don’t learn the identity of Sauron in this week’s finale.
Throughout the season fans have had their theories on who might be Sauron in disguise, biding his time until he makes his grand return. Personally, our money is still on Halbrand.
Now that he’s going with Galadriel to seek Elvish medicine for his wounds sustained during the eruption of Mount Doom, it’s the perfect opportunity for him to be buddy-buddy with the Elves. He’s already in the good graces of the Númenoreans and Southlanders, so he’ll easily be able to exert his influence over everyone for his own benefit (and that of Mordor).
2. Who is The Stranger?
The Stranger is a man of very few words. This has proven to be pretty vexing for us fans since we still have no idea who or what he is. He’s obviously very powerful, as his displays of magic have shown in previous episodes. And what’s with his need to find that specific constellation of stars?
Our fingers are crossed that we get some answers as to who The Stranger is in the bigger picture of this series. Is he actually Gandalf, or someone else? Could he be Sauron or is he going to help aid in the fight against the Dark Lord?
3. The beginning of the end of Númenor
The King’s Men, following King Ar-Pharazôn, wage war on the Valar. This leads to the utter destruction of Númenor (as glimpsed in Míriel’s vision from episode four) via divine punishment. Those who remained true to their friendship with the Elves, The Faithful, were led to safety by Elendil and Isildur, escaping to Middle-Earth.
Though he’s not the King in Rings of Power, Pharazôn has demonstrated his persuasive influence over the people of Númenor multiple times now. We know he’s keen on using the conflict in Middle-Earth to Númenor’s (and his) advantage. With Míriel and Elendil on their way back to Númenor after witnessing first-hand the rise of Mordor, there’s no doubt Míriel’s insistence to fight will spark division among the people of the island kingdom.
Pharazôn likely won’t take this well, and we’re hoping to see tensions rise in Númenor during the finale.
4. Who are the Mystics/strangers in white?
We’ve seen these mysterious strangers show up in a few episodes now, but we still know very little about them. Based on their appearances, they seem to be a part of some kind of dark cult most likely bent on worshipping Sauron and aiding his return. Their use of dark magic to set fire to the Harfoots’ homes confirms that they’re definitely not friendly, but why are they after The Stranger?
These “Mystics,” as Amazon Studios presently calls them, are hell-bent on catching up to The Stranger — we know that much for sure. Hopefully, a confrontation between the two happens in the finale, and we get some much-needed answers as to who and what the intentions of the Mystics are.
5. Elendil and Isildur reunited
Finally, we’re crossing our fingers for a father and son reunion in the finale.
Obviously, Isildur is not dead because we have to see Hugo Weaving deliver his iconic “ISILDUUUR!” line in Fellowship before he kicks the bucket á la the One Ring. This makes seeing Elendil mourning over the apparent loss of his son all the more heartbreaking for us, especially when he lets Berek go free instead of returning to Númenor.
Hopefully, we’ll get a Two Towers-style return with Isildur and Berek so he and Elendil can be reunited (those kinds of entrances run in the family, after all). But will it happen in the finale? As far as we know, Isildur is still somewhere in the smoldering remains of what used to be the Southlands, and we last saw Elendil sailing back to Númenor.
Can Isildur get back to Númenor and his father in one episode? Will Sauron be revealed in the finale, or the true identity of The Stranger? We’ve got plenty of questions we’d love to see answered and moments we want to see in the upcoming finale, but we’re pretty sure we won’t get that lucky. One thing’s for certain though, we can’t wait to see what the finale of The Rings of Power has in store for us!