According to The One Ring on Friday, it looks like substantial evidence has been found to debunk the rumor of Thorin Oakenshield's life in "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." In fact, a letter from Richard Armitage to a cancer survivor/fan revealed that Thorin's death footage had already been shot. Her name is Samantha and as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, took a trip to the set of the "Hobbit 3" movie.
The letter had also been made apparent on a "Hobbit" message board fan site. The scene that was already filmed had been alluded by Armitage that since some movie goers who haven't read the book, "will be devastated." In fact, the Thorin Oakenshield actor is quite enamored with how well they filmed that portion of the movie. He admitted that he had to be rather tight-lipped about it as most actors have to be but admitted that it did "surpass his expectations."
Some speculation came from the fact that there was indeed a petition going around online about fans desiring Peter Jackson's film's film keeping Thorin alive. Considering Jackson had made a few appealing additions to the film like Evangeline Lilly's Tauriel and The Necromancer. That being said, it would make sense to make such a change to the original "Hobbit" lore as desired by fans for the cinematic world of Peter Jackson.
Screenwriter Phillipa Boyens actually see great value in Thorin as they are always giving Armitage such great dialogue. In fact, there's a noticeable feature in the actor's ability to perform. Boyens mentioned that he has the ability to have an "extraordinary trajectory" and one can actually care about him. He can go from "this grandeur and stature as a character, but then he disintegrates before your eyes."
Thorin could be comparable to AMC's "Breaking Bad's" Walter White character as the ability to break down into a downward slope of dismay with a poisoned mind. His obsession with the Arkenstone is not unlike Walter White's meth empire. This was already hinted in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and it's been alluded that it may continue further in the third film.
"The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" opens in theaters come Dec. 17.