I don't exactly know what has happened in the chapter after 615 but Neji's death actually has me worried about more important parts. For starters yes I know whoever dies will probably come back anyway but that isn't the point here. I am no fan of Sakura but Hinata is my favorite character. If Kishimoto is planning to kill either of these even for 5 minutes, to me it devalues the plot.
I understand making controversial decisions and maybe even having to kill one of my favorites to further the drama to the end. But there are characters that can die and characters that can't. From the start it was established there was a love triangle between these three so if even one dies that story goes down with it. I am not defending Hinata as a personal favorite. She is far too important to one of the most crucial points to be chopped even if she was to come back to life.
If Kishi starts pulling this Buu move where everyone dies just to cause 5 minutes of drama it will just show he isn't taking the story seriously anymore. Disagree with that point if you want but its unoriginal. Maybe Naruto needs to be pushed to some new height but killing Hinata or Sakura is not the answer.
I get that this is war and people will die. I know the need for the author to cause drama for the audience to be kept on the edge of their seat but killing certain characters is just some cheap trick when you know it will reach a certain outcome. Naruto is going to end up choosing one (obviously I'm rooting for Hinata) and he can't if one dies. Killing one (or worse both) just to push Naruto further means your sweeping aside one of the most important plot points when there are other ways around beating Tobi then killing the characters involved in that story line.
I just wanted to make this point on my belief on such rash choices. I don't like where the author casts aside a story line just as important (if not more-so) as the one in front of them now just to wrap up the latter. There are more creative tactics you can pull then jumping on this cliche bandwagon of killing everyone for a bit of drama.
On my last part I'll repeat I get if he needs to make controversial decisions and though I might get upset if one of my favorites does die I'll just see the ending of Naruto in the same light I saw the entire story of DBZ after Buu was released. Ending it with such methods isn't good writing unless tragedy is what Naruto was going for. And it never was. I only support these methods if it makes sense and killing these two makes no sense. Even if they got brought back later. Killing less important members of the 11? I can understand that. But killing Hinata and Sakura? Just no.