Why Breaking Dawn, Part 2‘s ‘Big Twist’ Was The Smartest Thing Twilight‘s Ever Done

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You know how Taylor Lautner let slip that there’s a ”big twist” in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2? Well, I saw the movie at midnight last night, and that’s all I want to talk about today. So if you don’t want to be spoiled, move on.

One of my major problems with Summit splitting Breaking Dawn into two movies was that it seemed like nothing more than grubbing for more money. After all, the entirety of Part 1 is “Bella and Edward get married… have sex… and conceive a baby.” For over two hours. And from what I remembered of the latter half of the novel, all that happens is “The Volturi think Renesmee is an immortal child… then they don’t.” Even walking into the theater, I kept rhetorically asking just how the screenwriter and director thought they were going to fill two hours.

Oh boy. That epic fight scene at the end! Shit got real in the Twilight universe, and the audience ate it up.

I have to confess that I actually dozed off right before the Cullens and the Volturi went head-to-head (literally?). It’d been a long week and it was late, and the movie just started to feel like it was stretching into tiredness. I watched Alice (Ashley Greene) approach Aro and offer to show him the future—then next thing I know, Aro has ripped off Carlisle‘s head! I definitely screamed louder than Esme did, and that was her husband who just got decapitated.

Suffice to say, I was awake for the rest of the movie. My theater, where everyone had sort of been dozing or just laughing at the bad one-liners, was up in arms, shouting, jeering, clapping, screaming, and gasping at the bloodbath that was laid out before us. (The girl shouting, “But that didn’t happen in the book!”? Yep, I found my inner Twihard, if only for twenty minutes.) We were united by our confusion at this mostly defanged franchise suddenly getting violent—and our eagerness to see the battle scene play out.

This was what I go to midnight screenings for. When Edward hurtles into the chasm and you start to think, At this rate, they’re killing everyone off, he could totally die but then he explodes out? Made me actually care for the guy briefly. And of course, when Alice stalked after Jane (Dakota Fanning) and just gave her hell for killing Jasper… That was the moment that had everyone in the theater cheering to see poor Dakota’s head roll.

…And then we find out that it was all a vision that Alice gave Aro. Gotta hand it to Michael Sheen, the way he plays Aro’s terror without losing his cool was fantastic. After that bloody interlude, we were back to Stephenie Meyer‘s novel where nothing actually happens. But what a little vacation it was!

Twilight has managed to garner an extra few ounces of respect at the very last minute. How smart was this, right? By showing us the fight scene, the producers a) got the violent, cathartic showdown everyone secretly wanted, b) deviated from the book enough that you felt like you were getting a new story, and c) sent a little “fuck you” to everyone who’s ever said the series wasn’t as badass as True Blood or other vampire shows. It’s like they were saying, Yeah, we sparkle, motherfuckers, and we rip your head off. Problem?

When we first heard of the twist, everyone was worried that it would be an alternate ending that would totally fuck with canon. I know that, given the Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson drama this summer, I considered the possibility that Bella and Edward might get divorced or die. But Stephenie Meyer dispelled those rumors earlier this month, saying, “The end was something we knew that had to be cracked. In a way, it’s kind of offscreen in the novel because we only see what Bella sees. This was just a way of making visual what some of the other characters might have been seeing.”

Because let’s admit it, it would have been hugely boring to watch Aro say, “Oh, our bad, we’ll leave Renesmee alone.” After all that buildup, fans needed to see the Volturi get their due and the Cullens display just how badass they are. It was the WTF climax to a truly WTF series.

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    • AvaJayne

      Best shock twist since Pam Ewing woke up from her dream.

      • nataliecrush

        heh heh heh

    • jillkennedy

      It’s very sad the series is over. Mostly because there will no more hilarious “Twilight” reviews by drunken Finnish film critic Kimmo Mustonenen…


      • nataliecrush

        Well, rumor has it Stephenie Meyer is writing a Jacob/Renesmee book…

      • Lo

        Needs a suitable time-related title, like Twilight, Breaking Dawn, etc. I suggest May-December.

    • Doug

      Twist or not, the series is still terrible.

      • nataliecrush


    • Reese

      Me: this wont be a spoiler for me i read the books.
      2 paragraphs later :OMG OMG i need to stop reading. Something happens thats not in the book!

      • nataliecrush

        I hope you were able to skip straight down to the comments without it getting ruined!

    • ILikeREALVampries

      Wow, I totally DESPISE this series, but I have to say, I’d be furious if I hadn’t seen the movie yet and THIS is the big twist everyone is talking about. A f***ing DREAM SEQUENCE?!?!?!?! That’s the biggest cop out in the book. Just another reason that these “films” are horrendous.

      • nataliecrush

        Yeah! From the little I’d heard before going into the theater, I was expecting much more of a game changer, or at least a permanent difference.

    • http://www.facebook.com/notgyet13 Angela Wilson Gyetvan

      Is that K-Stew’s “mad face?” Looks just like her “happy face.”

      • nataliecrush

        I’m kinda terrified of her eyes, though!

    • http://ninnelson.com/ gigi5

      I just saw it, it was great. It isn’t a big twist really, it could easily have been in the book without changing much at all. The audience clapped twice during this sequence.

      • nataliecrush

        Our audience was losing their shit. Especially when Jane got her due.

      • http://ninnelson.com/ gigi5

        Dakota Fanning had the perfect part in that series. The writer should have given her a line to go down in history, like the wicked witch in The Wizard of Oz “I’m melting!”.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        She was a perfect Jane. Well, Rosenberg wrote the script. What do you expect.

      • http://ninnelson.com/ gigi5

        I would have loved to have seen the whole series with Catherine Hardwicke directing.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        Me too. Weitz was also good but I doubt if he would have cast the same people as Catherine. She would have been the best. She was not a free agent when she did Twilight though. Just a hired director with limited authority. She and Kristen had to fight to get Rob, that’s how visionary the bankrupt Summit people were. No one director really had any real authority. I don’t think you do unless it is in your contract or you are a Herzog, a Brit Marling(and her partners), a Christopher Nolan who wrote, did the screenplay, directed and produced The Dark Knight Rises as well as the first 2.That’s what it takes. Rob wanted Gus Van Zant for Breaking Dawn and the idiots didn’t hire him. He said he had no idea he would have to go and really pitch to get it as he expected his past work to be his credentials. Evidently Condon knew how to pitch for it. Ugh.

    • Lo

      Gotta hand it to them for getting away with something more exciting than the book. On the other hand, it just shows how easy it is to be more exciting than the book.

      I think they should have stuck to the source, not least because I wanted to see Bella and her better-than-yours power shielding everyone from all that kickassery. (In my optimally-awesome version, she’s sitting on the porch and squinting real hard, with Renesmee asking if Mommy wants a laxative).

      • nataliecrush

        hahaha poor Renesmee is probably like, “Why do all of Mommy’s expressions look the same?”

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    • Jade

      In the whole Twilight Saga, Alice can’t see the wolves in her visions of the future. But, suddenly in the vision of the fight scene she can? Can anyone explain this??

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001721193422 Mikayla Flood

        That’s what I want to know. Alice clearly states in the last book that she can’t see the wolves or Renesmee yet somehow she can see the entire fight sequence and Jacob and Renesmee’s future. Plot hole much?

      • nena

        maybe it is because she was making up the vision, so in a made up vision she can see them and Aro didnt know she cant see them.

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        I think the clue Meyer is talking about is when Alice drops the plate and it crashes on the floor. She is so absorbed she doesn’t even catch it mid fall. What is she seeing? IMO she is seeing the carnage portrayed on the screen. She also knows from Edward’s denial of Bella in the beginning of Twilight that he is out to change the future she sees of them being together as vampires. So he sets out to muddy the waters, going to the Denali’s place, coming back, not speaking to her and Alice tells him he’s got everything confused again. She can’t see anything about them anymore.Edward has changed the future vision. So in seeing, letting the plate smash, Alice is seeing the carnage, the future, and that is when she and Jasper go outside and disappear. Alice is out to change the future. To muddy the waters so to speak. And she does it far more effectively than the rest of the Cullens who get allies for Aro is still going to fight until Alice shows up with the PROOF the other half human, half vampire and his story. An alternative scapegoat is given to Aro allowing him to back down to save face. Meyer is following the exact template for avoiding war. Equal force on both sides rendering a war too dangerous for both sides to begin. This was the cold war, when we had a lot of peace. 2 equal forces balanced on the see-saw. This is how it works and if you study Virilio (the war colleges do to his dismay)it continues to NOW. Now there is no SPACE for a war. What se see in Afghanistan and Iraq is a SIMULATION. In simulated reality people die, are maimed, tortured etc, but it is a faux war, a SPECTACLE just as Stewart’s “cheating” scandal was a spectacle, as the LA premiere for BD was a spectacle in simulated reality.

        Alice changes her vision of the future and leaves instructions for Bella as Bella leaves instructions for her telepathically so to speak. OK.

      • nena

        But that doesn’t explain what they were asking above. They were saying that before Alice could never SEE Nessie or the wolves! So why in this vision could she see them? That is why I said maybe she was making it up so she could act like she could see them

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        Meyer isn’t consistent or logical. When she wants to say something she does. Maybe Nessie wasn’t in the room then. I forget. Maybe Jacob wasn’t there. I forget. I don’t regard these things as significant enough to go look and check. But that’s when she got the vision and split.

      • nena

        I don’t want to say it here and spoil it for peeps that haven’t seen it. I will email it to you

      • http://twilightirruption.blogspot.com/ abbeysbooks

        OK. I haven’t seen it either and it doesn’t bother me. I am not going to go see it for the plot, nor to be surprised, but to see how they messed it up.

    • http://twitter.com/evilauraaa laura

      i honestly didn’t expect the movie to be this good!!!
      the little twist was just brilliant! i was so cheering when bella ripped off aro’s head! it was awesome!:D

      • Soshiloveable

        this scene belongs in the hunger games…LOL

      • http://twitter.com/evilauraaa laura

        so true lol

    • Soshiloveable

      gahhhh,this is the twilight saga,NOT THE HUNGER GAMES! if u read mockingjay,u would know what happens in the end =.=

    • Miss Kate

      Yes it was a great twist although absolutely terrifying when I first saw Carlisle’s head I felt sick in my stomach lol! My criticisms would be that: a). Aro never has to fight as he is constantly protected by his body guard & his witch twins as the Romanians call them therefore I doubt he could have destroyed Carlisle that easily! b) Alice can’t see Renesmee or Jacob because she has never been the same as either of them (she can only see humans or vampires in her visions)! c) Jasper is the strongest fighter of the vampires so I thought to kill Cullens it would have been Esme or Rosalie since they don’t have powers & aren’t as strong fighters! d) Seth is my favourite character why oh why!

      • Alex99

        AMEN! Yes it was a great twist although absolutely terrifying when I first saw Carlisle’s head I felt sick in my stomach lol! I felt sick in my stomach too! when jasper died I was just asking myself, “who’s next?|”

    • Knw

      Twilight is my favv movie I llllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllove ittttttttt team both just become s he had a baby but both

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    • BooTwilight

      Wow, what I genius plot twist… -insert sarcasm here- They should’ve killed Bella or something… FOR REAL.

    • yo

      the series is still shit

    • ThatTwihard

      After watching Aro rip Carlisle’s head off, I have to say, my biggest joy was watching Bella and Edward team up to rip Aro’s head off. Oh how the entire theatre literally clapped and cheered! A great ending to a great series.

    • BiggestTwilightFan

      When i saw aro ripped Carlisle’s head off, i was thinking like: WTF this shit just got real

    • steph

      I cracked up everytime someone died I swear I was the loudest one in the theatre that shit was funny af!!