Crops of the stills
This week's new issue of Entertainment Weeklyhas really gotten Twilight fans talking, and not just about the newest The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 stills which dropped in the feature. Instead, it's a portion of the interview with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart mentioning the altered ending to the film which has gotten everyone's attention.
In the feature, it's mentioned that author Stephenie Meyer and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg cooked up a new ending for Part 2 which varies from the book. Pattinson is quoted to state, "When I first read the script, I got to that part and was like, 'What?' And then I had to go back a page. It does it a serious justice" while Stewart said, "It's clearly made by someone who really cares. That's why Bill Condon is perfect. Thank God for him."
Now, it's a known fact that the Volturi and the Cullens will come to blows in Breaking Dawn - Part 2, rather than just having the stand-off read about in the book. And according to Nikki Reed, it's going to be pretty awesome. Speculation on that matter indicates that this may be an Alice (Ashley Greene) vision of what would happen if the two groups did actually fight, shared between her and Aro (Michael Sheen). That's not confirmed, of course, but it seems likely given the lore and the potential for amping up the on-screen tension. So it's indeed possible that that is what Robert Pattinson was referring to in his quote.
As for Kristen Stewart's comment, it's very similar to what Pattinson mentioned while at Comic-Con: "The very end of the movie ... it’s very, very sentimental, but I didn’t expect myself to react the way I did to it. It’s kind of … Bill Condon this is amazing ending which is so sweet and anyone who’s had any kind of investment in this series, you can’t help but get emotional about it." Stewart has also shared her thoughts on the ending before, saying "it's so cool, I really do cry every time I watch it. It's so cool. It's really sweet." Even Taylor Lautner has offered up thoughts on it, mentioning "I definitely think a lot .. a majority of fans will be crying when they watch the end of this one."
The seminal word on the matter, of course, came from producer Wyck Godfrey back in May, when he teased, "For those that have followed these movies from the beginning to end ... there’s a great final moment where you do get to kind of relive the entire experience, and I think that’ll be something fans can look forward to."
The point of all this is to show that the EW quotes about the altered ending aren't presenting any new information, really. Now, about what that ending might be ... Here are a few ideas.
As readers of the book will recall, the ending of Breaking Dawn contains a scene in which Bella is able to lower her shield and show Edward her side of their experiences together. "Now you know. No one’s ever loved anyone as much as I love you," she tells him, and then the two stroll into their cottage to start the rest of forever.
The altered ending could be a play off of that scene - a montage of the previous films, a glimpse-forward of their coming life together (like a look at teenage Renesmee with Jacob and the perfect life the two have ahead of them, perhaps?)... Or, it could be something new altogether.
What if the Cullens became the new vampire world leaders? What if they make a formal peace agreement with the Volturi? Those last two seem a little unlikely, but if Meyer and Rosenberg actually did change the ending, it's almost a guarantee that it wouldn't be a total shift from the story we all know and love.
My prediction is this: Bella will indeed lower the shield and show Edward her thoughts, which'll include a romantic and nostalgic reminder of all they've been through in the Twilight Saga, and then we'll see a little bit of Renesmee growing to full-size and romping around merrily, and we'll know that there is a forever worth having for this family and that their strife has not been in vain.