The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies panel was full of interesting happenings on Saturday at the San Diego Comic-Con. A packed house awaited director Peter Jackson and his cast when they finally made an appearance on stage. One of the coolest things we saw was a panoramic photo, which we hope will make its way out of the studio’s clutches soon.
The epic photo was displayed front and center in Hall H of the convention, where the panel took place. It includes some spoilers, so beware if you don’t want to be informed of the plot. Of course, we all know what happens in J.R.R. Tolkien’s story, but in any case, the warning is never out of order.
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In the panoramic we see Lake-town on fire — under attack by the evil Smaug the Dragon (Benedict Cumberbatch) — only defended by the brave Bard the Bowman (Luke Evans). The White Council attack, with an image of Gandalf (Ian McKellen) laying on the ruined stairs, while Galadriel desperately crawls towards him, trying to reach him.
It is obvious that The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is the darkest of the three productions, as everything comes to a halt with the epic battle. Thorin is seen with his head down, sitting on the throne of Erebor, his long-lost kingdom. Tauriel, distraught and helpless, looks desperately towards the flames — possibly from Lake-town — as Legolas (Orlando Bloom) walks towards her.
The Elven Army led by Thranduil (Lee Pace) is also featured in the series of shots that make up this impressive The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies panoramic. Again, we see, Thorin, with his nephews, Kili (Aidan Turner) and Fili (Dean O’Gorman), and other dwarves, dressed with the Erebor Army uniform ready for the fight of their lives. Lastly there is Bilbo, who is seen looking towards the sky while flames rise up to the heavens around him.
As the trilogy has gone on, it has become darker and darker, with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies being the most tragic and intense of the three films. Hopefully those who did not attend get to see the teaser Jackson shared at San Diego Comic-Con very soon. In the meantime, here is the video of the panel held on Saturday.
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