Originally Posted by Hurm...
A longer montage. I wanted to see more of that.
Bucky could have been set up to die during the climax of the film. I think it would have worked a bit better, but what they did was still decent. Not as bad as some have said.
Having Bucky die before the climax set up the conversation of Cap and Peggy where he's trying to drink himself into a stupor. Because without another scene between them, they would've just had them kiss right after she was pissed off at him. Scene was needed to show Peggy comforting Steve and set up their relationship further.