Alrighty, now that I’ve gotten my thoughts and flailings down on The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (review), here’s some thoughts and speculation for the third movie coming out…next year (y u so far away?) Contains super massive spoilers if you haven’t seen the first two movies (especially the second movie) or read the book (especially the book?)!
It’s clear that the final movie will be focusing on the end of Smaug, the White Council coming to Gandalf’s aid at Dol Guldur and facing the Necromancer and of course the War of the Five Armies. After seeing the second movie, here are some thoughts that popped into my head of what may be included in the movie:
- I think Tauriel is going to die. I can’t totally explain this feeling but from the romance storyline perspective, Kili’s not going to make it so obviously that storyline won’t go far/is doomed if it goes down that road any further. But in general, something tells me that she will die in the third movie, which will add to the tragedy of that connection to Kili’s character and solidify Legolas’ disdain towards dwarves (until LOTR). I mean, even if she lived, where would she go? Thranduil doesn’t seem like the type to take someone back in after defying his orders outright (however wrong-headed they were).
- Also, those who think Tauriel will be there when Kili dies…she may see it (or die first, depending), but I think it will be Fili there (Of course. And I wouldn’t have it any other way).
I can’t believe I’m considering this…but I think Radagast may die. I know, I know, he’s a wizard and everything but this possibility can seal up the narrative in LOTR as to why he never showed up. Of course he lives in the book, but his death could solidify just how deadly powerful the Necromancer is. But anyways, the only reason this came to my head was because Gandalf lost his staff in his fight against the Necromancer and Radagast’s staff is the one Gandalf uses in LOTR. (Plus, we never knew what happened to the two blue wizards. They could be dead too for all we know in the Third Age).Edit: Correction, I took a close look at the two staffs and while they look similar with similar elements, Radagast’s branches are longer and the place for the jewel deeper. So I stand corrected and take back this speculation! But I hope Radagast plays a bad-ass role in the battle at Dol Guldur alongside Galadriel 🙂
- The Master of Laketown. In the books he survives everything and Bard had given him a share of the gold to help rebuild Laketown but the Master was greedy and tried running off with it and died. I wonder if they will have enough time to convey this or whether the Master will meet his end way before that.
Okay, my speculation here is pretty grim, but this second movie is a lot darker than the first movie. Also, it can be a little overshadowed by the focus and the charming tone of the novel, but The Hobbit doesn’t entirely end on a happy note. Happy for Bilbo, yes, but not necessarily for everyone else involved in this quest.
So, things I’m looking forward to in the third installment?
- Laketown sequences, particularly Bard. Smaug’s on his way to Laketown and it’s going to be intense. It will also be the chance for Bard to shine, to rally the people (because let’s face it, the Master will be too scared to budge) and to finish what his forefather started.
- Smaug’s end. It’ll be as brilliant as his first minute on-screen in the second movie.
- The White Council showing up to save Gandalf and stopping the Necromancer. It’s a chance to see Galadriel (and Elrond, I hope *fingers crossed*) in action 🙂 And I’m curious to see how they will further connect the events from Dol Guldur to the gradual restart of activity in Mordor.
- Thorin vs. Bilbo over the Arkenstone. I’m looking forward to this scene and I’m not. In the movie, I think the whole “gold madness” that plays a role in Thorin’s family will factor in greatly compared to the way things played out in the novel. I can see them sort of brushing it off as “Thorin’s not himself!” but what always made this scene so D= was the fact that, after everything they’ve been through, Thorin sees what Bilbo did as a betrayal. It’ll hurt.
- The Battle of the Five Armies. There have been wee unedited clips here and there shown of Thranduil fighting so this should be good.
- The ending. I hate saying goodbye to Middle Earth and these characters every single time I watch the movies but I’ll be curious to see how they wrap everything up and connect everything to LOTR.
And those are just some of my thoughts about The Hobbit: There and Back Again! What do you think will happen in the movies/what changes will be made? What are you looking forward to the most in the third installment?