*SPOILERS from the get-go, kids... Get out if you haven't read the books!*
What should die-hard fans know about the much-anticipated follow up to The Desolation of Smaug? The latest Hobbit rumor to be heard on the grapevine is detailing that Thorin Oakenshield, King of the Dwarves, will survive the fate afforded to him by Tolkien.
It's a mad rumour, but after he introduced an elf-dwarf-elf love triangle into the second flick, it has to be conceded that Peter Jackson could have, in fact, gone mad...
No matter how much I care and love Thorin, I don't want him to survive the Battle. If he doesn't die the rhythm will flatline and the movie will become too safe. Plus, I've been waiting patiently for that emotional scene between him and Bilbo, which never fails to make me cry.
But a source called Ecunemical News is now reporting that:
…a few details have surfaced regarding the story line of The Battle of Five Armies. It has been reported that the film will follow Tolkien’s book, though one character who died in the book, Thorin Oakenshield, will remain alive.
Woah, let's just take a moment here. Richard Armitage himself inadvertently revealed in a letter to a cancer survivor last year that his death scene has already been filmed. The British actor also alluded to the scene in one of his interviews with The One Ring:
GD: With all that you bring to Thorin, people — especially those who don’t know what’s coming — will be devastated in Film 3!
Richard Armitage: If they haven’t read the book… I know. [with gleeful excitement] Oh it’s so good. I can’t even begin to tell you — it’s so good… The way that’s structured — I know we’re not supposed to talk about it, but it’s… at every level it surpassed my expectation.
Sure, the writers could decide to go in for a re-write. But, that would require more shooting and involve Armitage and other members of the cast making a trip back to New Zealand. That said, it's possible that Peter Jackson could have decided to change it all by CGI, but it's also pretty unlikely...
Should Thorin Oakenshield die in the last Hobbit movie?
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies arrives in theaters December 17, 2014.