The machinations of Middle-earth are really starting to stir as we exit the third episode, “Adar,” and charge on into this next installment that should answer more provocative questions.
Last week, Arondir discovered himself held prisoner by savage orcs in a subterranean labyrinth beneath the Southlands. He’s put onto a chain gang doing hard labor and, using some gravity-defying acrobatics, he stages a revolt against the wicked orcs and fights off a nasty Warg.
Galadriel and Halbrand, those unlikely “companions by chance” rescued by Elendil the Númenórean (Lloyd Owen), the legendary Isildur’s father, find themselves at the paradise island kingdom of Númenór. While guests of the city she learns at the Hall of Law that Sauron’s sigil is actually a Southlands map and plan to create an evil realm in the event of Morgoth’s defeat.
Seeing a young Isildur trying to master his seamanship before his official trials was a welcome component of this episode and we’ll no doubt be seeing much more of him in upcoming weeks.
Finally, Galadriel uncovers Halbrand’s identity as the rightful heir to the Southlands throne. The two expatriate warriors forge an alliance to return to Middle-earth and restore their bloodlines.
During preparations for the Harfoots’ great migration, Nori is still trying to make sense of The Stranger (Daniel Weyman) who fell from the sky in a fiery meteor and made an impromptu constellation out of fireflies. Now he’s tagging along with the Harfoots on their tribal trek and we’ll have to wait for more details of his true nature in forthcoming episodes.
But the seismic shift in the series came when Arondir is hauled off to meet a shadowy chieftain that the labor camp orcs call Adar. This is the rumored big baddie of the series’ first season but other than being a fallen elf, it’s anyone’s guess as to his true identity. Let the speculations begin.
Rest up as The Rings of Power gathers steam and more weekly mysteries emerge. March on!
When is The Rings of Power Episode 4 release date?
Hitting its mid-season stride, the fourth episode of The Rings of Power drops on Friday, September 16, 2022.
When is The Rings of Power Episode 4 release time?
Amazon offers up new weekly episodes at midnight Eastern time each Friday (or 9 p.m. Pacific)
How many episodes of The Rings of Power Season 1 are left?
This debut outing of The Rings of Power is fortified with eight episodes. Following this week’s episode, we’re already halfway home with just four chapters left.
What is the plot of The Rings of Power Episode 4?
The natural bond between Galadriel and Halbrand has intensified with the mutual understanding that he’s the rightful heir to the Southlands. This motivated pair should gain access back to Middle-earth, hopefully escorted on a ship by young Isildur who has yet to pass his sea trials.
This last episode was absent of any scenes at Khazad-dûm as Elrond tries to negotiate a pact with the dwarves to aid Celebrimbor’s ambitious plan to construct a magnificent forge. He’s bound to solidify his negotiations with Prince Durin and perhaps even learn what glowing treasure is contained in the mysterious strongbox seen in the previous chapter.
And what is the identity of Adar, that long-haired elf leader of the orcs that Arondir is taken to as the last episode ended? This will likely be a focal point moving forward in the series’ saga.
Who is in the cast of The Rings of Power?
This eclectic international cast is overflowing with talent and is lead by Morfydd Clark, who portrays a younger Galadriel than the elegant elven queen played by the Cate Blanchett in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Familiar faces from Game of Thrones, Joseph Mawle (Oren/Adar) and Robert Aramayo (Elrond), are also included in the ensemble of charismatic actors. Ismael Cruz Córdova (Arondir) has a major presence in the series as well, playing a silvan elf commander.
Other main cast additions are Benjamin Walker (King Gil-galad), Charles Edwards (Celebrimbor), Anson Boon (Sauron/Annatar), Maxim Baldry (Isildur), Markella Kavenagh (Nori), Owain Arthur (Prince Durin IV), Nazanin Boniadi (Bronwyn), Ema Horvath (Earien), Tyroe Muhafidin (Theo), Sophia Nomvete (Princess Disa), Lloyd Owen (Elendil), and Charlie Vickers (Halbrand).
Is there a trailer for The Rings of Power Episode 4?
Amazon’s ad campaign doesn’t necessarily release specific teasers for each episode other than brief 30-second montages aired on Amazon Prime. But if you want to get a feel for the grand scale and scope of this costly adaptation of the works of J.R.R. Tolkien you can check out the final series trailer that was offered up right before the season premiere on September 1, 2022.
Will there be a The Rings of Power Season 2?
Not only will there be a second season, but executive producers/showrunners Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne are committed to a five-season mega project that will keep spinning out tales of the Second Age for the rest of the decade. After this debut season of shooting in New Zealand, the production team heads across the pond to begin filming future seasons in the UK.
Prime Video’s The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Episode 4 steps into our world on Sept. 16, 2022.