Lots of things to be excited in this article for sure.
Will be interesting to see how the Hobbit race would be developed to compensate for pre-existing low threat enemies (enemies below 10 threat engagement threshold), and sounds like Ranger traits will be developed along side as well.
Start of this Saga expansion somewhat gurantees atleast 5 more Saga expansions to come, and epic battles of Helm's Deep, Pelenor Fields and such.
But I'm not sure if Tom Bombadil and Old Forest will be included in the expansion.
Article says they will stay as true as possible to the book, and does mention something about Frodo slipping from Shire,
but after reading the article I'd guess the 3 scenarios are Bag End to Cracklehollow (include encounter with Gildor and escape in Bukleburry ferry), Bree and Weathertop (include Southerner spies and battle at Weathertop), Weathertop to Rivendell (include encounter with Glorfindel and battle at the Ford of Bruinen).
Of course they could be just teasing us by not mentioning the Old Forest, but it looks like Bombadil and Burrow-wights are being left out. If my guess is correct and they do leave out Old Forest it will be disappointing.
Another thing that is bugging me is the artwork.
Individually, all the artwork on card are very excellent.
But looking at the spoiled cards, the artwork is just everywhere and styles don't match each other.
Some cards look 'pretty', some look 'D&D fantasy', some look 'fairytale-ish', some look 'comicbook-ish', and overall they look like combination of arts from different games. A little of consistency in style of art used would be nice.
But yeah, the game seems to be getting better and better with new Easy, Standard, Nightmare Modes, Reward/Punishment for Campaign Mode, and promise of more Saga expansions to come.
Assuming we will be finished with Against the Shadow Cycle by the time Black Rider Saga comes out (they said 3rd quarter, which I would assume means september), I'm betting next Cycle will be located around Sarn Ford and focused on Dunedain Ranger / Hobbits to synergize with Saga expasions to develope those keywords further.