Yes, Virginia, there *is* a Saruman! mild spoilers - due to recent news, message board posters have been fretting
by Wampus_Cat_of_ Khazad Dum
Message board poster Mummpizz wrote, regarding recent news about Return of the King: "There is no Saruman"
Yes, Mummpizz, there is a Saruman. He exists as certainly as treachery and scheming and devilry exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its greatest fear and dread. Alas! how dreary would be Return of the King if there were no Saruman! It would be as dreary as if there were no Bombadil. There would be no fulfillment of character arc then, no sinister yet melodious voice, no breaking of the staff to show his fall from power. We should have no palantir.
Not believe in Saruman! You might as well not believe in Faramir's nobility. Even if you do not see Saruman in the Theatrical Edition, what would that prove? That is no sign that there is no Saruman. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see on the big screen. Did you ever see Galadrial give a gift to Gimli in the Theatrical Edition? Of course not, but that's no proof that it never happened. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the Theatrical Edition, at least not until the Extended Edition goes on sale.
There is a veil covering the true world of Tolkien which not the strongest filmmaker could tear apart. Only the faith of the purist or reformed pragmatist can push aside that curtain and view and picture the fate of Saruman that lies beyond. Is it all real? Ah, Mummpizz, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.
No Saruman! Thank God! he lives and lives forever, at least until he falls upon the RSWD.