The Rings of Power, Episode 6: Adar’s True Plan, Explained

In the most recent episode of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, the battle for the Southlands is resolved, but things don’t go as planned, especially after assistance from Nmenor shows up. When the major characters of the show think they have won the day for good, Adar’s (Joseph Mawle) actual intentions are revealed. Additionally, the conclusion of The Rings of Power Episode 6 will have an ongoing effect on the remaining episodes.
  • The Rings of Power’ Episode 6 ending, explained
    There will be spoilers for Episode 6 of The Rings of Power.
    In “Udûn,” the sixth episode of The Rings of Power, Adar and his Orcs attack the Southlands. Even with the traps Arondir (Ismael Cruz Córdova) prepares for the invaders, things still appear to be bad for Bronwyn (Nazanin Boniadi) and her people. The only reason anyone from the Southlands is still alive is because of the cavalry from Nmenor. The soldiers of Queen Regent Mriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) arrive barely in time to prevent Adar and the Orcs from killing them. They fail to stop Adar from obtaining Sauron’s weapon, though.

    After receiving the item, the villain makes a cunning decision to pretend to have it so Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) will pursue him. Waldreg (Geoff Morrell) carries the key to the elf watchtower and lets loose its power while they’re preoccupied.

    No one bothers to check to see if Sauron’s blade is still in its packaging as the Southlanders and Nmenóreans rejoice over their win. Waldreg had disclosed what the key is for and why the Orcs have been excavating tunnels beneath the Southlands by the time Theo realizes that Adar exchanged it for an axe.

    Water from a neighboring river floods the tunnels after Waldreg inserts the key into the lock, traveling to a volcano in the distance. Fans of Lord of the Rings will now know the Southlands as the region where the volcano erupted due to the pressure.
  • The Rings of Power’ just turned the Southlands into Mordor

    The Southlands are located in the region subsequently known as Mordor, according to a quick glance at a map of the region. And The Rings of Power Episode 6’s climax revealed to viewers how that change occurred.

Fire is rained down on Southlanders, Nmenóreans, and Galadriel in the final moments of “Udûn,” who can already perceive that things have changed. Some of the series’ leading characters might not survive this, despite the fact that we know from J.R.R. Tolkien’s literature that some of them will.

The Rings of Power Episode 7’s trailer shows Galadriel awakening in a region that will undoubtedly remain crimson and ashy. Later, it will turn into Sauron’s territory. It wasn’t meant for that, though, for Adar insisted that he slay Sauron.

It appears that he is building a home for his “children” because the Orcs are unable to go outside into the sunshine. In this week’s episode, Adar makes it plain that he cares for them by assuring Galadriel that they are “worthy of the breath of life and just as worthy of a home.”

They appear to be getting the house they want after the volcanic eruption. And if Adar’s plan works, it will have a significant impact on Middle-earth.

  • Effects of episode 6 on the remaining episodes of the Prime Video series

That’s right, the conclusion of The Rings of Power Episode 6 will have a long-lasting effect on Middle-earth, bringing darkness and corruption to the Southlands.

The volcano that erupted is probably going to turn into Mount Doom. As a result, it will be crucial to the plot of The Rings of Power and the Third Age of Middle-earth. Over the course of the series, Sauron will make his return and take control of the region around it as well.

The Prime Video series generally does a good job of tying its narrative back to J.R.R. Tolkien’s other works. Although there isn’t much Nmenor and the remaining Southlanders can do to stop it, it will be interesting to see how they react.

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