The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug was a really fun film. It was arguably better than the first film and presented some new, cool characters.
But it also presented some serious, thought-provoking, and potentially series-ruining questions. Of course, the final film, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, could provide the answers we’re looking for, but the answers will have to be amazing for the film’s finale to actually make sense. So what questions should There and Back Again address? Here are just three simple ones.
1. Will Kili, Fili and Thorin die?
If you’ve read the book The Hobbit, you’ll know that three of the dwarves – Thorin (Richard Armitage) and his nephews, Kili (Aidan Turner) and Fili (Dean O’Gorman) – die during the Battle of the Five Armies. Thorin’s death is quite symbolic, since it shows how the excesses of greed can ruin a person to the point that they no longer trust those around them (example: how Thorin came to not trust Bilbo after thinking that he was trying to play the dwarves against the elves for his own gain). But with so much added to the original story, like the Necromancer, the pale orcs, and other little bits from the various Middle-Earth compendiums, along with new character Tauriel in the mix to change the canon, one has to wonder if everything is up for grabs. Will Kili, Fili and Thorin actually die? Will Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) save Kili once again from the clutches of death? Will Bilbo become the hero and save Thorin from death with the help of the ring?
Speaking of Tauriel…
2. How will Tauriel be explained away?
As we know, Tauriel doesn’t show up in The Lord of the Rings films. However, if she’s still alive at the end of There and Back Again, one would think that she would want to help save the world from Sauron and act as part of the envoy protecting Frodo. So what will happen to her? Will she die? Will she stay in Mirkwood and, for some reason, never show her face in the larger world again? It’s anyone’s guess. As it stands, it seems like Peter Jackson and Co. might have written themselves into a corner.
3. Where’d all the other pale orcs come from?
Azog the Defiler (Manu Bennett) is one of the most annoying parts of the Hobbit franchise. Firstly, he’s called “The Pale Orc” in An Unexpected Journey as an effort to show a reason why he’s special. But in The Desolation of Smaug, he’s the leader of a hoard of pale orcs. What’s the point of calling him “The Pale Orc” when he’s not as unique as we once thought? Also, where did the pale variety of orc come from anyway? Most of the orcs we’ve seen from The Lord of the Rings have mottled, darker skin.
There are probably many other things presented by The Desolation of Smaug that have yet to be answered. Do you have a burning question you need the answer to? Write about it in the comments section!