Each character, it appears, dangles on a knife’s edge on this episode and should confront fateful decisions that may outline the remainder of the season to observe.
Within the Southlands, younger Theo (Tyroe Muhafidin) elects to stick with his mom over Waldreg and even goes as far as to confide in Arondir about his damaged sword hilt. Each selections repay when Arondir instantly acknowledges it as some sort of a “key” that (fairly conveniently) traces up with an outdated stone statue on the watchtower. Regardless of the specifics, it is clear that Adar seeks to get well Theo’s hilt … in any respect prices.
In the meantime, Isildur (Maxim Baldry) and Kemen discover their actions intersecting in explosive methods on Númenor, when the previous’s try to stowaway on one of many warships below the nostril of his father Elendil (Lloyd Owen) coincides with the latter’s devious act of sabotage to explode the fleet and forestall the island from coming into warfare in Center-earth in any respect. Certain by mutually assured destruction if both one reveals the opposite’s secret, the remainder of the principle characters should as an alternative take care of the fallout of getting solely 3 ships left.
In the end, Halbrand alludes to darkish secrets and techniques of his personal when he stands because the deciding vote over whether or not to help Center-earth or not towards Sauron. He closely implies that he was pressured to ally with the enemy with a view to make it onto that raft within the Sundering Seas the place he met Galadriel within the first place. However fairly than choose him, Galadriel’s admission that she merely cannot cease preventing — to the purpose that even associates like Elrond may now not differentiate herself from the evil she meant to defeat — attracts much more parallels between the 2 characters. And although Halbrand wavers over whether or not to rise above his previous or not, his sense of honor lastly wins out.
Halbrand, Bronwyn, Durin, and extra all maintain the destiny of kingdoms of their palms, and all issue into the episode’s impressively robust give attention to overcoming nice divides and previous failures to do the correct factor. With solely a handful of episodes left, “The Rings of Energy” has fastidiously positioned its characters to face on the cusp of their greatest battle and most daunting problem but.