I have a sneaking suspicion a certain pale Orc is going to kill them, because it'll be incredibly dramatic since they'll be protecting Thorin, fits in with Azog's desire to wipe out the line of Durin. In which case Thorin will go berserk and finally kill the pasty faced asshole, just to take a fatal blow as the battle's winding down. The orcs lose their commander, and faced against the elves and dwarves, they retreat.
Kind of my theory for how that's going to go, makes it really dramatic, tearjerking, and the payoff for killing Azog is that much damn sweeter--and bittersweet all in one.
I don't know if you've seen it yet or not but I'm afraid you'll be disappointed. That's very close to what I had pictured based off of the book but I was severely disappointed in that part of the movie. The rest was great but that... I struggled with that part.
Don't get me wrong. The movie overall wasn't bad. I've been okay with even the larger changes made to the movie to give the hardly mentioned characters more... life, but this I was SO not okay with. Your description really was spot on as far as what played through my head when I read the book so the way those three went was painful. For a year I dreaded their deaths because I knew I'd bawl like a baby but, when I was sitting in the theater, I only got barely misty eyed because I was frustrated with what was going on.
I'm just not sure why they deviated so far from what actually happened in the book regarding these characters for this particular part. I guess a huge battle would be hell to coordinate, but still. This was one of the most important parts, even adding in Tauriel shouldn't have made it go so sideways. I don't want to say anything because of spoilers for anyone else, but where were the other two?
I'm still looking forward to seeing this movie. I loved or greatly enjoyed just about every character, I loved the trilogy up to here (though I did think Desolation of Smaug was a tad cluttered), and I really have to see how it ends for myself.
I haven't figured that out yet either. Going down in the defense of the third in a desperate attempt to keep him alive would have been an epic and heartrending scene. Neither died in his defense in the movie. The final battle between the third and one of the big baddies was fun to watch though. This is weird. Trying to avoid spoilers and still talk about it. We saw it on the 16th (not even a midnight premiere... our theater just released it a day early...)
Desolation of Smaug was my favorite. I don't know if I mentioned it already but Smaug is one of my favorite characters and I LOVE dragons in general so I was thrilled there was so much of him in DoS. All in all, it was a fun, thrilling adventure that we got to see come to life and both trilogies will firmly remain on the list of my favorite movies.
Ah, I still haven't had a chance to go see it. Hopefully I will soon, because from the way it was described to me, it sounded as if the scouts walked straight into what they thought might have been a trap. Which is pretty horrendous writing...But that's as much as I'll say XD
I liked An Unexpected Journey, there just seemed to be a bit more time to get a little personalization in for the dwarves (or at least some of them). Desolation of Smaug moved right into the action, and while some silly things happened *the walnut pillow for Kili*, I just didn't feel like there was much more in the way of being able to tell the dwarves apart. They got a lot of things into Desolation of Smaug though, and I still thought it was great, just a bit hard to watch without seeing the first one right before.
Well, if you look at it from the other side, that's how traps are supposed to work, haha!
I know what you mean. I wonder if they kind of kept it that way because the book is that way. Tolkien didn't really write them as much more than names of group members who occasionally did things as the focus was on Bilbo. The movie gave them far more life without going too far. I don't know. It is also a pretty big cast to focus on for the entire set of movies. People constantly complain about how it was stretched into 3 movies but I think it would have been far too jam packed if they had tried to make it 2, especially since most people seem to forget that Bilbo was knocked out at the beginning of the Battle of the Five Armies so there was an entire series of events in the movies that is only vaguely described in the book after the battle was over.
The director is screwed either way. If they leave it out, people will be mad cause it's then leaving something important out but if they do put it in, people will be mad cause they killed off the best characters.