Thank goodness, everyone on The Rings of Power is irritated and irritated

Thank goodness, everyone on The Rings of Power is irritated and irritated ...

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power episode 5, Partings, largely concerns itself with, picking up where episode 4 left off, with our heroes continuing to serve as their own worst enemies. This adds to the show's wider vision of Middle-earth, not only.

If this all sounds too abstract for a show that isn't drawn from the J.R.R. Tolkien playbook, you can rest assured that episode 5's murkiness manifests in other, more tangible ways, even forming part of the story. We learn a lot from the experience, including what we learn from the Stranger (Tyroe Muhafidin) and whether or not the Dark Lords will return.

J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who both worked for the J.J. Abrams company Bad Robot, know that guessing games are a surefire way to keep us on the hook. What is particularly interesting about episode 5 of The Rings of Power, and what ultimately makes it so successful, is the hitherto-unseen uncertainty surrounding its characters.

The Silmarillion is nudged closer to Tolkiens in terms of its characterization and tone.

The Rings of Power episode 5 highlights the little-hidden anger that exists in this world's various communities. Forget about the raised voices during the Council of Elrond scene or even the tense exchanges between Gandalf and Denethor in The Return of the King.

In a good way, it all feels very messy. Even as Partings differs from the established canon of Tolkiens, it feels very genuine. Yip, Doble, and (presumably) McKay create a wild origin story for Mithril, then reveal the legendary metals' apparent ability to restore the elves' immortality. Yet by using this plot point as a means of exploring (and testing) the bond between Elrond and Durin IV, Yip and Doble

Partings expands on existing lore, despite the fact that a lot of what is happening here is a lot of people from the Southlands who are influenced by Tolkiens. These characters or events will not be included in Mordor's official history, or its southern allies.

Instead, The Rings of Power episode 5 lays forth a more difficult explanation for why Waldreg and his followers choose to throw their lot in with Sauron: social mobility. They truly believe that their quality of life will improve under the Dark Lords rule. He acknowledged that his works could be applied to real life (and vice versa) and that's what Yip and Doble are aiming for here.

Then there's the Numenorean side of things, which too reflects the tense morality at play in episode 5. Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) both have to manipulate each other for much of the running time, despite their apparent antiwar policies. In this episode, Earien (Ema Horvath) and Kemen (Leon Wadham) are also compelled to take drastic actions for the greater good, even

The best thing about the moral ambiguity in Partings isnt that it leads to deeper characterizations or even that it expands on Middle-earth legend. Its the way the few glimmers of hope present in the episode shine all the brighter. With each new episode, The Rings of Power makes it increasingly clear that this world still has a chance, no matter how dreaded things get.