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Mark Newton

SPOILER WARNING: If the title of this post didn't already give it away, let me reiterate: This article contains massive Smaug sized spoilers for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. If you haven't seen the movie, or read the original book, may I suggest you flee now.

With the second installment of 's Hobbit Trilogy hitting theaters last weekend, fans have now had plenty of time to sing its praises or, alternatively, moan about it online.

One bone of contention appears to be Jackson's rather controversial decision to end the movie very abruptly. According to, the movie ends just as Smaug is about to attack Lake-Town, thereby setting up a cliff-hanger for the third movie. The movie ends with Bilbo simply voicing his distress at their predicament and a sudden cut to black.

In a press interview with Hypable, Jackson defended the ending. He stated:

It was just an opportunity. It was just a chance – it's very rare that you get to do films back to back whether it's two or three films and to be able to just end on a cliffhanger.

He continued:

I remember when I was – I must've been 17 or 18 years old – I remember The Empire Strikes Back had a big cliffhanger ending and it was like three years before the next one came out.

In that regard, Jackson felt he was being rather generous, since we only have to wait a year for the final film.

However, I do have to suggest the titling of the movie is therefore a little bit misleading. I mean, I would have liked to see some serious 'desolation' actually caused by Smaug, and although we get more flashback scenes, we're still owed a major central scene where we see Smaug in his full terrible glory.

What do you think? Are you happy with cliffhangers, or did you feel disappointed with the ending? Let us know below.


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