Our Faithful Geek Nic has this to say to movie goers who were upset re: cliffhanger ending to “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug:”
This style of ending has been used by television producers and scriptwriters for a very long time. It leaves a hunger for more. The viewer has to return to find out what happened. It's called suspense. And not long ago, that was one of the most effective tricks of the trade. In the days before the internet, a good cliffhanger would leave fans talking for several months. Anyone remember who shot JR?
Also, Nic says that our lives are a series of daily cliffhangers until we take our last breath. More here.
Question: What ending do you expect for your story?