For the latest episode of Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, viewers were left with mixed feelings about a major plot point.
The seventh episode of the high-budget series on Amazon Prime Video picked up where the previous episode left off.
Viewers were left with Adar gazing at Mount Doom after its eruption, telling his followers that this was their new home.
Adar tells the villagers that the Southlands no longer exist and when one of them asks what they should call their new home, he points to Mount Doom as an answer.
We see “The Southlands” appear on the screen before it suddenly changes to “Mordor” and disappears in flames.
Casual Lord of the Rings fans who have only seen Peter Jackson’s trilogy will recognize Mordor as the destination of Frodo’s (Elijah Wood) journey.
While many viewers were pleased to see Mordor finally introduced, others found the method of its unveiling to be lazy. There were those who thought it was insulting to the viewers’ intelligence because they should have known this was Mordor by now.
One viewer commented, “I legit LOL’d at the text changing from ‘The Southlands’ to ‘Mordor,’” adding, “Like come on, its as if they’re intentionally being cheesy and dumb now.”
“The Mordor text reveal was one of the worst pieces of television I’ve ever seen,” said another viewer. Everyone in the room was aware. There was no need to spell it out. Totally f*cked up.
An excellent illustration of why this show drives me crazy is the “Reveal” of the Rings of Power in Mordor by displaying a dramatic shift in text. Irritated fans continued: “NGL, the Southlands text turning to Mordor was soooo cheesy that it made me roll my eyes ostentatiously,” while another fan commented, “I’m not even a fan.”