This post contains The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 1 spoilers.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power actor Charlie Vickers did not know he was playing Sauron when filming began. The highly-anticipated series based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings premiered on Amazon Prime Video on September 1 and recently wrapped up its first season. The series chronicles events which occur thousands of years before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, as Sauron begins his ascent to power.
During the finale, it was revealed that Halbrand, a human allying closely with Galadriel (Morfydd Clark), was actually Sauron this whole time. While Halbrand doesn’t exist in Tolkien’s books, Sauron progressively takes control of Mordor with the aim to take over the entirety of Middle-earth. In The Lord of the Rings, Sauron is the main antagonist Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee have to defeat by destroying the One Ring as they climb Mount Doom.
Now, in a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Vickers reveals that he did not know he was playing Sauron when he auditioned for the role. The actor only found out when filming on the series resumed after a forced hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he did anticipate he would be playing someone with a darker arc, after reading two evil monologues during the end of the auditions. Check out what he said on the matter below:
“No! I had maybe six or seven auditions, and when I got to the end of the audition process, they gave me two monologues. They gave me a monologue from Richard III at the end, when he’s standing over a body and is basically being really evil. Then, the other one was from Paradise Lost, the poem by Milton, and it was literally Satan. So I had an inkling when I was doing those speeches that the character had some kind of a dark arc. [Laughs] But it wasn’t until after our hiatus. We filmed the first two episodes, and then we went on hiatus because of COVID. That whole time I thought I was playing Halbrand, a human from a Southlands, which, I think, I was.
But then, the guys sat me down right before we started filming the third episode, and they said to me, “There’s more to this. You’re playing Sauron.” By that point, because of my audition material and a few other things, I had an inkling. But it was nice to get it properly confirmed.”
Halbrand Being Sauron Was Foreshadowed Throughout Season 1
Throughout The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power season 1, Halbrand was foreshadowed as Sauron. During his first appearance, his first line is “Looks can be deceiving,” which immediately alludes to Sauron’s shapeshifting abilities. Halbrand also has a rivalry with Adar (Joseph Mawle), who leads the Orcs in the series. Adar claims he has split open Sauron in two and killed him. Throughout the series, the character does not recognize Halbrand, and has no idea why he holds a grudge against him. It was because the character was Sauron all along. There were ramblings on social media that the character of The Stranger (Daniel Weyman) would be unveiled as Sauron, as he fell from the sky. But the character was revealed to be an Istari, and Galadriel’s closest ally the main antagonist of Lord of the Rings.
As Halbrand goes to Mordor at the end of the show’s final episode, it’s still unclear what implications the twist will have for The Rings of Power season 2, especially for Galadriel’s arc. How Sauron rises in power, with Galadriel, Elrond (Robert Aramayo), and Celebrimbor (Charles Edwards) having forged three rings of power remains to be seen. The tables have been set. Sauron will only grow more powerful as time passes, but the protagonist’s journey is yet to be explored. However, by the end of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, everything will be set in motion for the events of The Hobbit to begin.
Source: Entertainment Weekly