Who is "Istar"? 'Rings of Power's Biggest Twist Isn't What You Think

There are two enormous character reveals in The Rings of Power's Season 1 finale, but just a single feels definitive.

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And keeping in mind that fans seem persuaded that a certain wizard has shown up in Center earth, "Istar" isn't as conclusive as you might think.

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Here's the reason it might still be too soon to get excited about the introduction of Gandalf in Rings of Power.

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What occurred — In the Season 1 finale, those three spooky witches see the Stranger (Daniel Weyman) and uncover to him that he's actually Sauron. Nonetheless, that's not quite right.

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At the point when the Harfoots show up to help their companion, the Stranger turns against the witches.

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As he transforms them into a swarm of white moths that fly away, the witches scream "He's the other one!" preceding naming him as "Istar."Combined with some very Gandalf-esque line.

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 fans have taken this to imply that the Stranger is in fact Gandalf the Dark. But is he truly? Let's take a closer look.

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Istar is not a person, it's a race. Like a Mythical being, Diminutive person, or Hobbit. Sort of. The Istari were the five wizards sent to Center earth.

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They are Maiar (early-stage spirits) given the type of elderly people men tasked with supporting the fight against Sauron with blended results.

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So it makes sense that the witches are upset when it turns out the Stranger is one of the Istari. Be that as it may, this doesn't mean he's Gandalf specifically.

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 After all, there are five to choose from: Gandalf, Saruman, Radagast, and the two Blue Wizards.

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As per Tolkien's standards, Gandalf and Saruman didn't show up in that frame of mind until the Third Age (Rings of Power is set in the Second Age).

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So while there's no proof the Stranger isn't Gandalf, we won't be aware for certain that he is either.

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Of course, it's possible Rings of Power could be messing with the timeline to tell an interesting story, but there's another reason to accept the Ishtar we met in Season 1 isn't Gandalf.

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It's possible not even Daniel Weyman knows the true identity of his character. Although after the Rings of Power finale, at least he knows without a doubt he's not playing Sauron.

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