Now I know this is shaky evidence but I was rewatching the Fellowship of the Ring yesterday with my girlfriend and we spotted this unlikely red-headed companion of Legolas' in the background....
And Immediately thought of Peter Jackson and Co.'s new 'for the movies' character Tauriel.
Now does this picture:
Look like this one:
I suppose it's up to the viewer's discretion, but unless we have a tear-jerking death scene at the end of the movie/s, I would have thought that Tauriel would have stayed on with Legolas and perhaps come to Imladris with him in 3018...
So it's not impossible...
But the real question is, did Jackson and Co. plan this intentionally or was this a lucky mistake?
Did they actually go back and comb over the previous footage just to match up a few frames?
Did they design her with red hair, just to fit it in that little bit more with the previous movies?
Was Tauriel, or at least the idea of her in the works all along?
And... will we ever know the real answer?
I leave it to you!
Safe Journeys and Happy Hunting all,