Jiraya kills Orochimaru Spoiler: By now it has become clear to everyone who pays at least some attention to the manga that Naruto works by establishing paralels between young shinobi and the previous generation(s). And, as seen with Neji and his father, and as it is expected, the new generations "do it right". There are clear simmilarities between Sasuke and Orochimaru: both are genious ninjas that betrayed their village; both seek power; both have really stupid reasoning. Also, there are simmilarities between Naruto and Jiraiya: both are idiots and village fools that started out largely incompetent, but later(supposedly) grew into legends. How does this mean anything? Well, the second Naruto vs Sauske battle has been foreshadowed, hyped, and pretty much the tickets are already being sold. Only, the betting quotas are really screwed. You see, there's no one who thinks that Naruto is going to die. He has that "main character" real ultimate defense. Also, there is no doubt that Sauske is going to be defeated, since he developed his own form of ultimate defense - Chidori Nagashi. Both characters who developed a form of ultimate defense so far were defeated (repeatedly). There is nothing to suggest that Sasuke will be different. So where are we going with this? You see, there's no doubt that Naruto is going to survive, since he's the main character. But... Sasuke might die... or he might not die. And a way to hype up the doubt and open both possibilities is by having a Jiraiya vs Oro fight before Naruto vs Sasuke one. Now, if Oro kills Jiraiya, that won't make anyone think that Sasuke will kill Naruto as well. However, if Jiraiya kills Oro, that might open the possibility that Sasuke is beyound redemption as well, and that he will be the very first person that Naruto kills. You see, people will actually care about Sasuke's fate. Kishimoto wins. Sasuke defeats Itachi: Spoiler: There are only two ways for Sasuke to defeat Itach: To fight him in order to defend Naturo/Sakura or to defeat him by fighting together with Naruto/Sakura. Part one had a big focus on "being strong when needing to protect someone", the second part, however, has team battles under spotlights. So, both possibilities are open. Naruto and Sakura pairing: Spoiler: Now, this is closely connected to Sasuke's fate. Sasuke had two goals: to kill Itachi and to restore Uchiha clan. Which pretty much means ending up with Sakura. The only way that will not happen is to have Sasuke drop his second goal; and the only way that will happen is if he discovers some dark Uchiha secret that actually makes them evil spawn of the demon seed on earth. With the mention of "cursed chakra more evil than Kyuubi's" this option becomes avaliable, but... We will have to see where Kishimoto goes with it. So far its possible, but we'll have to see where Kishimoto goes with it AL is a freak: Spoiler: There are only two options to justfiy hiding the AL's face this long: either he's a well-known character or he's a complete freak - mutant, mistake of god, or goth. Since making him a well-known character would be a very very very very stupid move on Kishimoto's part, the only thing we can hope for is that he is a freak. Also, looking at other Akatsuki members, the possibility for him being a freak is quite high.