the battle of the 5 armies

i know some people don't particularly like that the Hobbit has been split into 3 films as it seems in a way to be "milking" the franchise.  maybe it is.  i personally don't mind because i love this universe so much that i always just want to see more of it.  i also associate these films with the holiday season and going to see them with my brother, who is also a big fan.  i'm realllly looking forward to this epic conclusion and to see how it bridges into the first 3 LOTR films...