Rings of Power fans, it’s time. Sound the alarms, light the beacons, and get your fan theories ready, because we finally know who Sauron is.The Dark Lord unveiled himself in dramatic fashion in the Season 1 finale of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which reveals that Middle-earth’s Big Bad has been disguising himself as none other than Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) this whole time.

Whether you were blindsided by the reveal or had Halbrand pegged as Sauron from the start, we can all agree that Sauron’s resurgence — and his actions in the finale — will have a major impact on The Rings of Power going forward.Halbrand has spent this whole season being allies with Galadriel (Morfydd Clark). So what changes in the finale to make her see the light? (Or rather, the darkness?)
For starters, she brings him to Eregion, where he meets other elves like Elrond (Robert Aramayo) and master smith Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards). Halbrand takes an immediate interest in Celebrimbor’s last-ditch smithing project: using what little mithril the elves have to create a crown that will preserve the light of the elves and stop them from fading. Halbrand charms Celebrimbor, complimenting his legendary skills, then offers a solution. If even a small amount of mithril were combined with other ores, its powers could be amplified.

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