Whats expected to happen in the 3rd installment?
Gandalf gets freed somehow, Smaug gets slain, the battle of Elves/Dwarves/Orcs at the end along with flashing between Gandalf and co. Battling Sauron I guess?
Just seems like not much meat to stretch into 3 hours.
Gandalf gets freed. About 15 minutes.
Smaug attacks the city and is slain. About 30 minutes.
Word gets out that Smaug is dead, about 15 minutes.
Elves, Orcs, Dwarves, and Humans all decide that a shite ton of gold and precious jewels/etc. is worth going to war over. About 45 minutes.
Armies mass, and the battle commences. About 15 minutes.
Battle continues, the Eagles join in. It becomes a battle of five armies. About 20 minutes.
Battle wraps up, including an epic one on one battle scene. About 15 minutes.
Aftermath of battle, people begin returning home. About 20 minutes.
Bilbo spends some time in the Shire, talking to other Hobbits. Young Frodo and Samwise are introduced. About 20 minutes.
Some Sauron stuff to tie it into TLOTR. About 10 minutes.
All in: 3 hours 25 minutes