When Gandalf freaks the Mouth out enough, he hustles back towards the Black Gate, and his guards blow a signal. Easterlings and orcs pour out from the Gate and from around the mountains, surrounding Aragorn’s army. There’s not any time to do anything else but form a defensive front and await the attack.
Yeah, so Gandalf expected a trap, and they got a trap. However, it does also seem that Sauron took the bait. His army is arranged in full force. Indeed, though we can’t know for sure yet, Sauron looks to have sent all or most of his orcs and men to battle. This would clear up a path for Frodo and Sam to possibly find a way through Mordor. That is plausible, of course, only so long as the Mouth’s threats were empty, and Frodo and/or Sam are alive and free.
So, there’s some despair, but in truth their gambit worked.
Unfortunately, all it looks like now is that this army is screwed. Mordor’s army is said to be “more than ten times” as large. That’s not a force that you can win against. I don’t care if it comes down to skill vs. skill, if that turns into a battle of attrition, the smaller force won’t win. And that’s why things look really bad.
Days Until The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug: 14
No one dies today.
“The wind blew, and the trumpets sang, and arrows whined; but the sun now climbing towards the South was veiled in the reeks of Mordor, and through a threatening haze it gleamed, remote, a sullen…”