The greatest mystery in The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power since the first episode has been the identity of Sauron. We know that the future Dark Lord of the rings will shapeshift in the time period the Prime Video series is set in, and Galadriel has been relentlessly on the lookout for him since the start of the show.
In the initial episodes, some strong candidates (and some less) have emerged, but it's time to revisit a slightly more out-there approach after the fourth episode of the show, The Great Wave.
What if Sauron is that messed-up sword?
Theo, a human child who is the son of Bronwyn, discovered a cursed blade a few episodes back, and has been fascinated by it ever since. Is there a mechanism to solve this mystery?
Although it may seem unlikely considering how many unknown individuals the show has thrown into our faces as potential Saurons, there is precedent for imbuing power into objects in this world (see the show's title).
Theo discovers a mark on his arm in the fourth episode, and the sword is completely damaged. It's a toll, and it's taken a toll, as shown repeatedly by the elves' statements about the battle against Morgoth.
But lets get to work on this. Say the sword is Sauron, and in an attempt to keep him safe from the predators, he imbued himself with a cursed object. Perhaps Theo will become a straightforward servant of Sauron, gradually replacing the child with Sauron himself.
Checking in with the other Sauron candidates
If you're someone who's still banking on Sauron being the Stranger, here's another thing you'll notice this week: No news.
However, the Halbrand is Sauron crowd had a good week, as he continually utters mysteriously concealed lines that suggest he knows more than he is letting on (and that he is trying to manipulate Galadriel, something that became even more apparent as he explained to the freaking Galadriel how to manipulate people).
Adar, an elven orc leader, had a noteworthy episode, revealing how little he knows about the world and threatening to be charismatic while doing so. To us, it seems more likely he works for Sauron, but you never know. If Galadriel needs to be taught how to assert herself by a person decades her junior, anything is possible with this program.