Remember this still leaked about 18 months ago about Saruman's death. Rather than have the "scouring of the Shire" where he meets his traditional demise, they opted for his death to happen at Orthanc, after the battle of Helm's Deep. The shot below shows the general point (no pun intended) Well those of you that have watched the extras on the extended version of TTT, will know that the death of Saruman was shot for the end of that movie, then shelved due to dramatic pacing. The idea was that it would be the opening sequence of ROTK, instead. Below is a still from a rough cut, of the main protagonist entering the flooded circle of Isengard. I would draw you attention to the wooden wheel like structures on either side. These are obviously part of the winches, fly wheels and quasi industrialisation we saw being washed away by the ent flood. Look suspiciously like the instrument of Mr Lee's death as depicted above. Now I really don't have a problem with moving Sarumans death from the end of the story to the beginning of ROTK. Hell, I would have even enjoyed it at the end of TTT, but I understand the thinking in not doing so. BUT!!!!!!!!! It would appear that the whole sequence has now been dropped from the theatrical release of ROTK in December. Please read the link bleow for verification. ROTK & Saruman Now I really think that this is going to impact on the cinema release. I mean are people really that stupid to assume that Saruman has been defeated? (On second thoughts, don't answer that). Are they happy for him just to fall out of the storyline? Well it's great that the scenes will be reinstated for the extended DVD release next November, but this isn't a good call in my opinion. Like others have stated, this throws up some continuity issues relating to the Palantir and Aragorn revealing his identity to Sauron. Not to mention Pippins reason in going to Minas Tirith. What do you guys think?