That was an announcement from Adar (Joseph Mawle) in episode 6: “I slashed him open. I killed Sauron.” But is that even possible? The fact that we haven’t seen Sauron in “The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power” is at least somehow suspicious. And the characters that various fan theories claim to be Sauron-in-disguise seem less and less eligible (particularly Halbrand). So were all theories wrong?
Let’s not beat around the bush here: No, Sauron is not dead. He plays far too big a role in the course of “The Rings of Power” for that. And one that you can’t even give to any other character. Because the title of “The Rings of Power” already suggests it:
The Amazon series is about the creation of the rings of power, i.e. the nine rings of men, the seven rings of dwarves, the three rings of elves and finally the one ring, which is then at the center of “The Lord of the Rings”. and the events of the Third Age.
And Sauron is the eponymous “Lord of the Rings”: Disguised as the benevolent-looking Annatar, he instigates the Elves to forge the other Rings of Power and then secretly creates the Master Ring, which he intends to use to control all others. We will see all of this in the coming episodes and seasons – so a The Rings of Power series without Sauron is impossible.
What’s more, Sauron isn’t just any evil human or elf who has become the Dark Lord, he’s a Maia. The Maiar are divine beings who existed before the creation of Middle-earth and its cosmos, and are subordinate to the Valar, who are in a sense the gods and goddesses of this world. And the Valar and Maiar are immortal.
However, and this is particularly important in connection with Sauron, her physical manifestation, her body, may well be destroyed. This fate befalls Sauron several times – best known, of course, is his annihilation when the One Ring is cut off his finger and his “death” when the ring is finally destroyed.
It therefore seems entirely conceivable that Adar really did destroy Sauron’s corporeal form and even believe that he finally killed him in the process. And maybe that’s why Sauron hasn’t appeared in The Rings of Power so far:
After the destruction of his body, Sauron is weakened and needs a while before he can form again. And maybe the eruption of Mount Doom in episode 6 gave him an energy boost, so that we finally get to see him in episode 7 or 8. Or the mystics from episode 5 have something to do with his resurrection.
Either way: Amazon has already announced the appearance of Sauron with a trailer. The preview is headlined “Evil reveals itself” and we hear a voice whispering, “You will at last be known for who you really are, my lord Sauron.” Apparently this is the one speaking whispering figure so with Sauron: