By Denise Warner
Updated November 16, 2012 at 08:52 PM EST
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SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN BREAKING DAWN — PART 2.

For months, we’ve been teased about Breaking Dawn — Part 2‘s “twist” ending. The movie follows Stephenie Meyer’s book closely, up until the point where Alice (Ashley Greene) enters the climactic scene to defend vampire-human hybrid Renesmee’s (Mackenzie Foy) existence. She presumably shows Aro (Michael Sheen), through her thoughts, that she knows there is no threat and thus Renesmee and the Cullens should be left alone. But then she realizes that it doesn’t matter — Aro wants a fight no matter what. She mouths “now” to Bella (Kristen Stewart), who sends Renesmee off with Jacob (Taylor Lautner). Then Aro gives an order, and the Volturi guards take Alice away. Trying to protect his daughter, Carlisle (Peter Facinelli) charges after Aro. Sadly, the vampire-doctor loses his head to the Italian ruler, sparking the battle between the two sides. Many end up dead, including Jasper (Jackson Rathbone), Jane (Dakota Fanning),Caius (Jamie Campbell-Bower), Marcus (Christopher Heyerdahl) and Aro — who is killed by Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella themselves. However, right after Bella finishes the Volturi’s leader off — the scene changes, and we’re back to Alice and Aro touching hands.

Such trickery! Alice was just showing Aro what the future would have been if the two sides fought — because of Bella’s super special mind shield, the Cullens and co. were on equal footing with the Volturi. A battle would mean losses for everyone.

The rest of the movie carries out much like Meyer’s writing. Alice’s witnesses — half-human/half-vampire Nahuel (JD Pardo) and his aunt Huilen (Marisa Quinn) — explain that Renesmee will reach maturity seven years after her birth, and that she is no danger to the vampiric lifestyle. The Volturi leave, the Romanians are upset there wasn’t a fight, the Denalis mourn the loss of their sister Irina, the rest of the vampires make their way home and everyone lives their “small but perfect piece of forever.”

But was this really a “twist”? Not in my mind.

At the end of Breaking Dawn the book, Edward explains to the remaining vampires — the Cullens, Nauel, and Huilen — how they escaped the Volturi mostly unscathed.

Technically, Meyer DID describe a fight scene — one that COULD have happened, if things had gone differently. And that’s exactly what happens in the movie — only director Bill Condon and screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg chose to show it, instead of just having Edward tell it.

What did you think about the “twist” ending?

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