The Los Angeles Time has an interesting article that puts together a few different interviews done with the various film makers of Breaking Dawn Part 2 where they discuss the ending of the film. STOP READING RIGHT NOW if you don’t want the entire ending spoiled!
You have been warned! Don’t complain to me in the comments!
Ok… We reported a while ago that the surprise ending was thought up by Stephenie Meyer and Melissa Rosenberg over dinner one night. Here is what the LA Times states:
And though the conclusion comes initially as a shock to fans, specifically when Carlisle Cullen’s head is first shown severed from his body, it’s all in the book, according to Meyer. “The battle is exactly what Aro saw,” Meyer said during a pre-release interview. “There’s a moment in the novel when he’s staring at Bella and she’s looking back at him and feeling this assessment. And then everything turns. But we can’t see what he’s seeing. But what he’s seeing is, ‘It’s going to be a close fight, a lot of people are going to die and I’m probably going to die. I’m going to die.’ And for him, in my mind, the Volturi win the day. They do. They outnumber you. They would win. But they would be decimated. Their power would be crippled, and he realizes he’s not going to survive it and that’s what changes his mind.” Meyer adds that the only element they changed was adding Alice. “We had Alice get involved so we could visually show it, but it’s all still there.” In case it’s been a while since you’ve read the book, the moment Stephenie is referring to is on page 738 pf the hard back version. Edward explains it in detail, having read Aro’s mind. You can read his explanation on pages 744-745. So it is there, as Stephenie said. By putting it in Alice’s mind and having us see it as Aro’s see’s it makes it more cinematic in nature.
According to the LA Times, Director Bill Condon added his own input onto how the ending could work:
Condon had a different take on how the battle would play out. “I wanted to kill all the major Volturi (which we ultimately did). Stephenie was nervous that if we wiped them out the audience would have been upset that it was merely Alice’s vision,” he said. “She wanted to kill many fewer Volturi, wipe out Emmett and Rosalie and some others on the Cullen side. I didn’t agree.” Compromise clearly ruled the day on the scene that the cast shot for six weeks in a sound stage in Louisiana.
Regardless if you think the ending was good or bad, it has to be said that the ending brought out the biggest reactions from fans!
Source: LA Times