The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Countdown is a biweekly column dedicated to all things Twilight leading up to the release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2 in theaters on November 16.
In just under two months the final film in the Twilight Saga will debut. Of all the Twilight films, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, in particular, has shown the fans an incredible amount of footage. At Comic-Con fans saw the first seven minutes of the film; this was on top of a scene shown at the DVD release of Breaking Dawn, Part 1 in February, as well as two trailers. So the question remains: What haven’t the fans seen yet?
Fans know that the second half of Breaking Dawn is going to focus very much on Renesmee and protecting her. Given that fact, it’s a little surprising that we haven’t actually heard her say anything yet. This is significant because in the books she communicates almost telepathically. Fans have seen stills of this communication technique released, but not heard what this sounds like. Director Bill Condon is keeping this one under wraps until the film debuts, though he did address fan concerns in an interview with Twilight fansites.
They were worried that Renesmee’s communication technique would be akin to the wolves in Breaking Dawn, Part 1, with most fans agreeing that the wolf communication was rather overdone and loud. Condon stated, “It’s not like the wolves… it’s definitely its own thing. You know that’s what’s fun, cause now you have this whole different power and this whole different way of communicating. And that means we get to play with a whole different visual approach.”
Next up are the critical characters of Nahuel and Huelin. Fans of the books know that these are two pivotal characters that come in near the end of the film. Unlike the other two dozen (or so) new characters, no footage or stills of these two has been seen or released in an official capacity.
The two characters are played by J.D. Pardo and Marissa Quinn respectively, but that’s pretty much the extent of the information that fans have. At the moment, we've been getting to know Pardo via his new NBC series Revolution, that also coincidentally costars Twilight veteran Billy Burke, who plays Nate. Meanwhile, Quinn has popped up at a couple of red-carpet events. It looks like it’s going to be a game of wait and see for fans since the last trailer went up earlier this month.
Speaking of the final moments of the film, fans know that it’s going to be a bit of a showdown with a major battle between the Cullens and the Volturi brewing. One of the critical elements is that Bella ( Kristen Stewart) is a vampire who now has special powers, operating as a vampire shield who can deflect the powers of others. Several other special powers are seen in the trailers: Kate’s (Casey LaBow) electric shocks, Benjamin’s (Rami Malek) control of the elements, and Alec’s (Cameron Bright) disorienting mist. The only hint that Bill Condon has given out regarding Bella's powers is a tiny one. He told us, “With her shield, we’re truly trying to walk that line so that you remember that nobody else can see it. You are getting it more from Bella’s point of view, but it’s very subtle.”
Lastly, for a franchise that has built itself on romance, there is a decided lack of romance that has been shown to fans other than those who attended Comic-Con. That footage is pretty much nowhere to be found online so it’s probably fair to say the majority of the 30 million fans on Facebook alone probably haven’t seen it. We have gotten a brief glimpse of Edward and Bella holding hands in the first trailer, and those that went to the Target DVD release got a sweet moment of Edward and Bella in their cottage, but that’s it. Footage was definitely shot in the cottage location (which is a fan favorite romance moment), but how much of that sequence is in the movie remains to be seen. Could the final Twilight installment come with the least amount of romance? And is that something fans want?
So Twilight fans, which part of the book that we haven't seen previewed yet are you most curious about? Of what’s been seen so far, what is your favorite moment, and how do you hope to see that extended in the final film?
Laura Byrne-Cristiano is a co-owner of The Twilight Lexicon, the longest continuously operating Twilight Saga fansite on the Web. You can read her Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn column here on Movies.com every other Thursday.