The Rings of Power Season 1 Ep 7 is the seventh and penultimate instalment of the first season of a fantasy TV series streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Loosely based on the appendices author JRR Tolkien included in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, canonically, this series is set in the Second Age of Middle Earth, whereas the Lord of the Rings was set in the Third Age. Much has been made about this series being unfaithful to Tolkien’s works and thus, we have decided to analyse the story of The Rings of Power on its own merits, while ignoring the accusations of virtue signalling race and gender swapping.
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Entitled “The Eye”, The Rings of Power Season 1 Ep 7 presents to us the aftermath of the volcanic explosion at the end of the previous episode. The Southlands is covered by a thick layer of ash and dust, which effectively blocks out the sun – as Adar alluded to before. The Númenoreans tend to their wounded and make plans to set sail and return home. The Queen Regent has been blinded and it appears that Isildur is dead, so for Elendil this whole mission was a bad idea, and he breaks down into tears near the end. An unintentionally hilarious sight. C’mon, we KNOW Isildur is not dead….
More significantly perhaps, The Rings of Power Season 1 Ep 7 gives us a ‘new’ Galadriel as her plan goes horribly wrong – has she been chastised? She even gives her sword to Theo and shares about her dead (?) husband Celeborn – talk about breaking the lore! Perhaps this is an Easter Egg that Celeborn will appear later on in the series as he was missing in action. Ahhh no wonder Galadriel is so pissy…. Sheesh.
Then, at the very end, somehow Adar and the Orcs – who were with the Númenoreans at the village re-appear unscathed and the name of the Southlands is changed to …. yup Mordor. In the distance we see that the volcano will become Mount Doom by the time of the Third Age. Fan service! Halbrand is mortally injured and Galadriel will bring him back to Lindon for healing – while she has to ‘face the music’ for defying her High King. We shall see…
Not going to discuss the Harfoots and the Elrond/Durin sub-plots mainly because they are insubstantial and somewhat pointless. Suffice to say that while they give birth to new sub-quests, the manner in which these are achieved are plain stupid. Presumably, this will be carried over to Season 2, as there is only the finale left in Season 1.
Thus, in the final analysis, The Rings of Power Season 1 Ep 7 effectively wraps up this first season, in which evil triumphed over ‘good’ – mainly because the ‘good’ guys haven’t a fucking clue what they are doing…. how does the most expensive TV series of all time get to be this bad? Sigh.
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