Breaking Dawn Part 1 opens over the Black home on the Quileute reservation. Jacob (Taylor Lautner) storms out of the house, dropping a formal invitation to the ground. Jacob's father, Billy (Gil BIrmingham) wheels out after him, but Jacob phases into wolf form and races out into the pouring rain and the woods. Billy picks up the invitation: it's to Bella (Kristen Stewart) and Edward's (Robert Pattinson) wedding.
the day before the wedding and the Cullens are preparing their estate
for the wedding, all under the direction of Alice (Ashley Greene), who
has placed herself in charge, down to the last detail. She sends Bella
home for 'lots of beauty sleep,' but Bella sleeps poorly; first, just
before she goes to bed, Edward goes to see her and tell her of a time
shortly after he was turned, when he struck out on his own to hunt
humans for blood (even though his conscience ensured he only killed men
who murdered and victimized other people), as a warning against Bella
becoming a vampire; and then Bella has a nightmare where the Volturi--
Aro (Michael Sheen), Marcus (Christopher Heyerdahl) and Caius (Jamie
Campbell Bower)-- are standing before them in place of the wedding
priest, and then suddenly both Edward's tuxedo and Bella's dress are
covered in blood as they stand before a pile of bodies-- all of the
Bella must face Alice on the wedding day after
not having slept, but Alice is pleased to see Rosalie (Nikki Reed)
finally starting to warm to Bella as the finality of Bella's joining the
Cullen family is finally upon them all. Bella's parents, Renée (Sarah
Clarke) and Charlie (Billy Burke) give her a sapphire-encrusted hairpin
to wear in her hair, much to Alice's delight.
Bella starts to
have butterflies in her stomach as Charlie starts to walk her down the
aisle, but seeing Edward at the altar chases them away. Wedding vows are
spoken and the new Mr. and Mrs. Cullen share a passionate kiss as all
of the guests applaud. Among the wedding guests are Billy, Sue
Clearwater (Alex Rice), and her son Seth (BooBoo Stewart) from the
Quileute tribe, and Bella's old schoolmate quartet of Mike (Michael
Welch), Jessica (Anna Kendrick), Angela (Christian Serratos) and Eric
The reception is a little bumpier than Edward and
Bella would have hoped-- while introducing Bella to the Denali clan, a
small cousin-coven of 'vegetarian vampires' from Alaska, one of them,
Irina (Maggie Grace) happens to see Seth and recognizes him as a wolf,
and promptly becomes very upset-- Irina was in love with Laurent and is
unwilling to believe that he tried to kill Bella, insisting that like
all of them, he wanted to live in peace with humans, and with her. Jacob
finally shows up much to Bella's delight, but when Jacob says he needed
to see her one last time while she was still human, Bella carelessly
mentions she will be staying human during her honeymoon. Knowing that
Bella means she plans to consummate her marriage with Edward while still
human, Jacob becomes furious, because he is sure Edward would kill
Bella in the process. The rest of the Quileute pack must come out of the
woods to pull Jacob away; Sam (Chaske Spencer) curtly telling Jacob
that Bella is no longer their concern.
For the honeymoon, Edward
takes Bella to a small, private island off the coast of Brazil that
Carlisle bought for Esme. Two native Ticuna, Kaure (Carolina Virguez)
and her husband Gustavo (Sebastião Lemos) are caretakers of the small
villa house on the island.
Bella's pleasure and enjoyment from
the honeymoon, including finally making love with Edward, are cut short
when Edward fusses over how he inadvertently left a number of bruises
about Bella's body. Frightened of touching her again, he spends most of
their time playing chess with her. Bella dreams of finally winning a
game against him and starting to kiss him. When she wakes she is in
tears, and she begs Edward to try making love to her again.
LaPush beach on the Quileute lands, Jacob is sarcastic in his thoughts
on how Bella's death would be announced to the public. Jacob tries to
take some comfort in getting to kill Edward once the treaty was broken,
but Sam (Chaske Spencer) reminds Jacob that he is still alpha wolf of
the pack and decides when and if the treaty is broken. Sam is satisfied
that the Cullens are not a threat to the tribe or the human populace.
(Julia Jones) thinks Jacob needs to get over Bella, as he hasn't
imprinted on her. The mention of imprinting brings back Jacob's
cynicism; looking at other pack mates and those they've imprinted on, he
is sickened at the thought of no longer belonging to himself while his
genes tell him he's happy about it. But Leah feels differently;
imprinting would at least rid a pack member of a very real heartache.
gets an upset stomach while eating a meal and has to throw up. Looking
inside one of her bags, she spots her bag of tampons, which is unopened,
and realizes her period is late. Going to the mirror, she is sure that
her abdomen is bigger. Alice calls Edward at that moment, struck with
concern because she suddenly became unable to see any more visions of
Bella. Bella asks to speak to Carlisle (Peter Facinelli) and tells him
that she thinks she's pregnant... suddenly wincing as if to prove her
point; she's now sure she felt something move inside her. Carlisle tells
Edward that he must bring Bella home immediately so Carlisle can
examine her. But when Edward tells Bella that Carlisle will 'get that
thing' out of her, Bella is struck with a protective streak, unable to
imagine her unborn child being a 'thing.'
On the way out, Kaure
confronts them and is horrified. From her people's legends, she suspects
the truth about Edward. Edward pleads with Kaure to tell him if there's
anything he can do for Bella. Bella allows Kaure to put a hand on her
stomach, and Kaure only says in her native tongue, 'death.'
Edward is seeing to the private plane's preparation for takeoff, Bella
turns to Rosalie, the one person she knows will be entirely on her side,
for help in preventing the rest of the Cullens from terminating her
Jacob arrives home and finds Charlie's police cruiser
there. Inside the house, Charlie tells Jacob that Bella called, and that
her voice sounded off. Jacob is sure that Bella is very ill and goes to
the Cullen home for an explanation. Bella hears Jacob's voice and calls
to him, showing that she's there. Jacob goes upstairs to find Rosalie
standing in front of Bella like a protective mother bear. Bella's unborn
child has grown alarmingly fast and she already looks well into her
pregnancy-- and the rest of her body is beginning to look more
emaciated; her cheeks and face sunken and sallow. Carlisle says the
embryonic sac is too strong to be punctured by a probe needle and an
ultrasound cannot see inside it-- and Alice can't see any visions of the
baby, or Bella, either. The Cullens are researching legends of rumored
vampire-human offspring but have nothing concrete, and they are
divided-- Rosalie fiercely protecting Bella's desire to have her baby
despite several of the other Cullens unsure whether the offspring can
even be called a baby at all. Edward takes Jacob aside and confides in
him that he is worried about Bella's life, asking Jacob if he can try
and talk Bella out of carrying her baby full term. Edward says that if
Bella refuses to relent, and the baby kills her as most of the Cullens
fear, he is giving Jacob permission to kill him.
When Bella does
not bend under Jacob's attempt at persuasion, he leaves the Cullen
estate in a rage and races through the woods in wolf form. The rest of
the pack converges with him at a lumber yard, all likewise in wolf form,
and they all argue. All of the pack is furious at the news of Bella's
pregnancy, convinced that the unborn offspring will be unable to control
its thirst and will be a dangerous abomination that will endanger the
pack and the town. Sam decrees that the unborn offspring must be
destroyed before it is born, even if it means they must kill Bella, and
fight through the whole Cullen clan to get at her. When Jacob rebels at
the decree, Sam advances toward him, using his authority as alpha wolf
to order Jacob to fight alongside them. All of the pack, who must obey
Sam's direct orders, are forced to bow their heads in submission. But
suddenly Jacob, struggling with all of his will, thrusts his lupine head
back up and invokes his right as the grandson of Ephraim Black, last
chief of the tribe, to refuse to follow Sam any further.
races back to the Cullen home to find that Seth has followed him-- he's
left the pack and chosen to follow Jacob. Leah has likewise left in
order to watch over her little brother. Jacob insists he doesn't want
them to follow him, but he refuses to give them a direct order as alpha
wolf to make them go back. Leah says Sam doesn't know she and Seth left
the pack, but no sooner does she finish saying so when they hear the
howls of the pack, telling them that Sam does know now.
tells the Cullens what he's learned from Leah: Sam knows he's lost the
element of surprise, and with the pack down three members, he is now
outnumbered. The Quileutes will therefore keep the home surrounded and
wait for opportunities to pick off the Cullens when chance permits...
and the Cullens are all in need of blood (Carlisle and Esme's eyes have
become black, showing their thirst).
Jacob is on watch near the
river when Leah joins him. Jacob doesn't trust Leah near the Cullens
because she hates them. Leah promises to do whatever Jacob wants, except
go back to Sam, the ex-lover she lost and can never have back. Although
she is a wolf, as a female she doesn't quite fit in with the pack, and
she desperately longs to imprint on anyone just to heal her broken
Jacob, Seth and Leah continue to guard the Cullen home.
Esme comes out to bring them sandwiches. Meanwhile, Bella's unborn baby
grows exceptionally fast, and her body continues to grow more emaciated;
her cheeks more sunken; her skin and hair ashen. One of her ribs is
broken, and Carlisle warns her that the baby is robbing her body of the
nutrition it needs; starving her by the minute. Her heart will give out
before she can deliver. Bella and Edward are pitted against each other;
Bella is ready to die for her unborn baby and feels that Edward will
have a son or daughter through which Bella's memory would live on. But
Edward cannot accept the baby if Bella dies, and he didn't choose for
her to leave him.
Bella's body becomes gaunt and frail, and she
is barely able to stand, and cannot walk unaided. Carlisle hooks her up
to an IV drip. Reading a thought Jacob has, Edward realizes that Jacob
might have the right idea: the baby is thirsting for blood. Carlisle has
some O negative human blood from the hospital's blood bank stored away.
Bella drinks some and starts to feel better; her pulse immediately
Edward is bringing Bella another cup of blood when he
hears a voice he doesn't recognize. He realizes it's coming from the
baby. Putting a hand on Bella's stomach, he realizes he can hear the
baby's thoughts. The baby's heart is pure and good, like Bella's, and it
loves both of them. Edward now wants to see the baby safely born as
The baby is close to delivery, and Carlisle needs to be at
his strongest. He and Esme must hunt. Emmett will go with them, but Sam
still won't hestate to go after them so that Bella will have fewer
protectors. When Esme firmly tells Jacob that she and Carlisle are ready
to lay down their lives for Bella, Jacob understands that the Cullens
are a family as close-knit as his own. He knows what he must do.
goes out into the woods and calls for a truce to speak with the pack.
Paul (Alex Meraz), Embry (Kiowa Gordon), Quil (Tyson Houseman) and Jared
(Bronson Pelletier) confront him. Jacob tells them that he wants Sam to
take Leah and Seth back, and that when the baby is born, Jacob will
personally destroy it-- he alone has the trust of the Cullens and the
opening to do so.
Carlisle, Esme, and Emmett rush out into the
woods, pursued by Sam and another pack member. The two wolves take Esme
down and are about to kill her when Emmett grabs her up and gets her to
safety across a river gorge. Sam's howl alerts Paul that Jacob's truce
was a ruse to split the pack up so that the Cullens could escape from
Back in the Cullen home, Rosalie gets Bella to tell Jacob
the names she's picked for the baby. If the baby is male, Bella will
name him EJ, for Edward Jacob. If the baby is a girl, she'll be named
Renesmee; after both Renée and Esme.
Bella's back suddenly
breaks; she falls to her knees and one knee breaks. She's gone into
labor. The placenta has detached and the baby will die unless taken out
of her body immediately. Rosalie has to cut an incision in Bella's body
for an emergency C-section before a morphine shot given as an anesthetic
can take effect. But as she makes the incision, Rosalie is overwhelmed
with bloodthirst and Jacob and Alice must pull her out of the medical
room. Bella cannot be changed until the baby comes out, but it appears
the baby will destroy Bella from the inside out before it happens.
Desperate, Edward uses his teeth to finish the incision and extracts the
baby. The baby is a girl... Renesmee.
Bella smiles at her baby
daughter and suddenly her face and eyes go vacant. She is dead. Edward
passes Renesmee to a recovered Rosalie and works feverishly with Jacob
to try and revive Bella. He takes a syringe filled with his venom and
injects it straight into Bella's heart. But all their efforts are
unsuccessful. Jacob tells Edward that instead of killing him, Jacob will
let him live with his guilt. He then goes out onto the porch, sits on
the ground and begins to cry. From the edge of the woods, Paul, in wolf
form, is watching.
As Edward continues to struggle to revive
Bella, biting her several times to inject more venom, back on the
Quileute lands, Sam is telling Billy that even if Jacob is his son, he's
betrayed the pack. Paul comes up and whispers something to Sam. Sam
tells everyone that Bella is dead, and the baby killed her. He gives a
curt order for the pack to follow; they're going to war.
moment Jacob has decided that he will take revenge of his own for the
loss of Bella. He stalks back into the house to kill Renesmee. Rosalie,
absorbed in cuddling and playing with the baby, does not notice as he
creeps up behind her. But Rosalie happens to lift Renesmee up to where
the baby can look over Rosalie's shoulder. Baby Renesmee's eyes meet
Jacob's and he freezes. Jacob imprints on Renesmee, seeing her future as
a beautiful and gentle girl. Her future becomes his; he is now bound to
become anything she might need; a brother, a friend, a protector.
and the pack arrive at the Cullen home. Rosalie needing to protect
Renesmee, only Edward, Alice and Jasper can defend the house, and now
Sam has the numbers advantage, seven to three. Sam personally rushes to
strike down Edward. Sam is ready to finish Edward when Carlisle, Esme
and Emmett, revitalized, arrive back at the house to defend. Leah rushes
out and saves Alice, and Seth follows behind her. The numbers are now
just shy of even, but Sam and the pack are fighting to kill, while the
Cullens, and Leah and Seth, are merely trying to ward the pack off.
standoff is ended when Jacob comes out to tell Sam that if he kills
Renesmee, he also kills Jacob. Jacob phases into wolf form, advancing
and snarling... and all of the wolves back away; even Sam. Reading the
pack's collective minds, Edward tells the Cullens that Renesmee is now
safe; Jacob's imprinting on her means that the pack cannot harm her--
it's their most absolute law.
The Cullens clean and dress Bella's
body, and then all they can do is wait. Finally the venom kicks in; the
bite marks disappear from Bella's flesh, her bones mend together, her
cheeks and limbs fill out as her body regains its healthy appearance.
Bella's heart stops beating and her skin turns pale. The camera pans in
to show her eyes as they snap open... Bella's eyes are scarlet red.
through the credits is a final scene where the Volturi receptionist,
Bianca, is delivering a formal announcement to Aro. Aro reads the
announcement, which informs them that Bella has been changed and is
Edward's wife. Marcus and Caius believe that the dispute with the
Cullens is now over, but Aro scoffs at this; the dispute goes far beyond
a single human. The Cullens have something that Aro wants.