Thank god, everyone on The Rings of Power is dissatisfied and conflicted

Thank god, everyone on The Rings of Power is dissatisfied and conflicted ...

The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power episode 5, Partings, focuses on this in-between area, picking up where episode 4 left off, with our heroes continuing to serve as their own worst enemies. This adds to The Rings of Power episode 5, as well as the showsbroader perspective on Middle-earth.

If this all sounds too abstract for a show that is rewriting the J.R.R. Tolkien playbook, rest assured that episode 5's murkiness manifests in other, more tangible ways, even embedding into the story. We get partial answers to many of The Rings of Powers' main ongoing questions, such as why the orcs seem so obsessed with Theo (Tyroe Muhafidin), but were left with plenty of questions too. The arrival of some suit

J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay, who studied at the J.J. Abrams agency Bad Robot, know that guessing games are a surefire way to keep us on the hook. What's really interesting about episode 5 of The Rings of Power, and what ultimately makes it so successful, is the unseen unrest surrounding the characters.

After the dust settles, filmmaker Wayne Che Yip and writer Justin Doble recreate dramatic scenes that cant easily be boiled down to defeat evil and maintain good. Whether it's Miriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) weighing up the merits of a bloody conflict on foreign soil, Bronwyns (Nazanin Boniadi) sabotaging his resolve in the face of imminent genocide, or Noris (Markella Kavenagh) s

The tensions in Partings are higher than they were previously seen in stately Middle-earth. Forget about the raised voices during the The Fellowship of the Rings Council of Elrond scene or even the tense exchanges between Gandalf and Denethor in The Return of the King, people are straight-up pissed in this episode. From the passive aggression between Gil-galad (Benjamin Walker) and Durin IV (Geoff Morrell) among the Southlands

In a good way, everything feels very messy, even though Partings differs from the established Tolkiens canon. 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 tool to explore (and test) the bond between Elrond and Durin IV, Yip and Doble touch on a fundamental theme in

Partings expands on existing lore, despite the fact that many of the scenes down south have inherent evil tendencies.

Instead, the fifth episode of The Rings of Power reveals a more difficult reason for Waldreg and his followers to drop their contribution to Sauron: social mobility. They truly believe their quality of life will improve under the Dark Lords rule. But he also acknowledged that his works may be applied to real life (and vice versa).

Then there's the Numenorean aspect of things, which too reflects the thorny morality at play in episode 5. Gadriel (Morfydd Clark) and Halbrand (Charlie Vickers) are forced to manipulate each other for much of the episodes run time, even if their antiwar policies arent exactly what Tolkien posits in The Silmarillion.

The greatest benefit of the moral ambiguity in Partings isnt that it leads to more complex characters or 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 clear that this world continues to have a chance, no matter how murky things get.