'Thor 2' had plenty of surprising twists and turns, but one the biggest occurs in the literal final moments of the film, right before the cut to ending credits.
With Malekith defeated, peace has been restored to the nine realms and Asgard begins the lengthy process of rebuilding.
Thor turns down the throne, saying that he wants to be a protector, not a king, leaving his father Odin in control of the kingdom. Or, so it appears. The moment Thor turns away, we see that Odin is actually Loki in disguise, his dramatic death scene earlier in the film all part of an elaborate ruse.
So the questions proposed by this scene deliberately go unanswered. How did Loki fake his death? How did he get back to Asgard? Most importantly, where is the real Odin? Is he alive? Is he dead? Is Loki holding him captive or did he actually do the unthinkable and murder his father off screen?
MTV was on top of this question and went straight to the source to get an answer.
Director Alan Taylor was a little more blunt in his answer, confirming that Odin is definitely dead and that it was a specific decision they made in the process of developing the film:
"That was a big twist. It took us a while to realize that we were actually going to kill him. And then it took us a while to realize that we were going to do that at the end."
As for Hopkins (plays odin) himself? Well, he's even more direct than his director:
"He's dead. I've done two, that's enough"
So there you have it! According to the man who plays him and the director of the film he appears in, Odin is dead and fully replaced by his evil adopted son.