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‘The Rings of Power’ star opens up on how the finale’s big twist will affect her performance

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warning: The following article contains spoilers for The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season one, episode eight, “Alloyed.”

Charlie Vickers opened up about the big reveal coming in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Finale will contribute to his performance in Season 2.

In an interview with ComicBook, Vickers revealed that, surprisingly, it doesn’t affect his performance all that much — at least not in an obvious way.

“I mean, to be honest, it didn’t change my approach to the character that much compared to season one at that point because I really knew it for most of the first season. It’s just that it’s open now. I think that’s the difference. And it’s mostly in the writing. We see Sauron openly doing his thing, at least from the audience’s perspective. The other characters don’t know it, but I think it’s quite interesting for me to be able to play things out a little bit more knowing that the audience is now getting involved with me. It informs some of the decisions I make. That’s the main difference this season, I think.”

in the Rings of Power, episode eight, it is revealed that Halbrand is actually the Dark Lord Sauron. He manipulated Morfydd Clarke’s Galadriel to get Celembrimbor to forge with the mithril and travel to Mordor to rule properly. In the second season he will slip more into the role of Sauron. Although he obviously doesn’t expect a big change, his presence is influenced by all who know the big secret.

Vickers revealed that playing Sauron presented a great challenge. In the books by JRR Tolkien, Sauron has no body and is more like a dark and powerful force. When asked if he thought about how he would humanize the villain, Vickers said it was a dilemma he faced about how to portray Halbrand.

“I think about that a lot and I think that up until now with Halbrand, at least in his deception, I’ve tended to humanize him because in order to deceive someone like Galadriel or the people he meets, he has to be full invests in this type of personality that he created. If there were any things that didn’t sit as humanly in his form as Halbrand did, then he would start sounding the alarm. So I really invested in making him as human as possible. But then there are some elements that, for example in the finale, changed some things that I deliberately shifted, like the placement of my voice and posture. It’s hard to describe all the intentional things I did, but I think it was more like pouring years of experience into it.”

There is an almost insurmountable level of lore in Tolkien’s epics, and it would be quite an undertaking for anyone. Well, hats off to Vickers and the rest Rings of Power Team. Showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay struck a balance between canon and creative freedom, and Celebrimbor actor Charles Edwards said he didn’t want to dig too far down the Tolkien rabbit hole.

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