The end of this week’s first season on Amazon Lord of the rings turns out, rings of strengthended with a number of big reveal, suggesting that many of the seemingly original characters from the show were actually main characters from The legend of JRR Tolkien all along. Leaving aside Daniel Wyman’s The Stranger, and his decision at the end of the episode to “follow your nose” – and this revealed his true identity as a poisonous fruit lobes toucan – the big reveal, of course, was…
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Well, that’s enough: the big reveal, of course, was that Charlie Vickers didn’t, in fact, play a blacksmith king named Halbrand all this time, but in fact lotter Big Bad Sauron. Now, Vickers In an interview with THR Talking about the big reveal, including when he is Find out – it wasn’t immediately – and discuss Sauron’s inner life, something Tolkien rarely gets into books.
Specifically, Vickers notes that he wasn’t told he was playing Sauron until filming the third episode of the show, which means that his debut as a character, floating out of the mist on a raft and eventually meeting mortal enemy Galadriel, was made in the dark. Mostly, at least: Vickers noted that he was asked to audition for the show with both Richard III And the lines of the devil from Paradise Lostso he was suspicious of it Something what’s new.
From there, it was some serious MCU-style secret-keeping: Vickers describes being hounded by friends, who picked up clues about the character’s possibly sinister nature, asking him to confirm or deny. “I’ve had people showing me pictures of the King of the Dead, who’s literally a skeleton, and putting it next to my face and saying, ‘You look exactly like this guy,’” Vickers reported. Brutal! (Even among the regular cast members, only Morfydd Clark was initially privy to the news.)
Interestingly, Vickers also talks about, at least, his own internal conception of Sauron, describing him as a being who loves beauty and order, and who wants to inflict it on Middle-earth for the good of everyone (Especially himself.) That being said, he also suggests that some of Halbrand’s humility might have been genuine—citing passages from Tolkien in which Sauron is said to be “repentant” after the fall of his master Morgoth, hinting that the future Dark Lord might have at least a vague interest in keeping his nose clean. (At least, at first.)
If his repentance is genuine, then he is seeking a new life and trying to really run away from evil. But if his repentance is not genuine, if he’s faking it, then perhaps it’s a tactic where he can buy some time and make himself look busy in Númenor while he waits for things to unfold. You can look at it both ways. I have an answer for myself, which I used while I was playing the character. But I think it’s interesting to leave it ambiguous and let people interpret it how they will.
Vickers’ comments are interesting, especially, in light of Separate interview by showrunners JD Payne and Patrick McKay this week, where they attempted (somewhat unfashionably, as we’ve discussed) to talk about the character’s narrative arc in the show’s second season. Here’s McKay, which describes Sauron JRR Tolkien, servant of Morgoth, Lord of the Rings, Anatar, Lord of Gifts, Big Eye that needs magical Visine, etc., in terms of some truly Classic TV villains, like Walter White or Tony Soprano:
Sauron could now be just a Sauron. Like Tony Soprano or Walter White. He’s evil, but intricately evil. We felt that if we did that in season one, it would overwhelm everything else. So the first season is like Batman Beginsand the The Dark Knight It is the next movie, with Sauron’s maneuver in the open. We are really excited. The second season has a basic story. Viewers might be like, “This is the story we were hoping to get in season one!” In season two, we give it to them.
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