History Main / CliffhangerCopOut

28th Jan '18 1:01:26 PM dustyham
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' does this twice with encounters with the White Walkers.
** In the opening scene of the series, a ranger of the Night's Watch comes face-to-face with a White Walker who had just killed his two comrades. In a following scene, he's running around the North, with no explanation for how he escaped. This is an AdaptationInducedPlotHole, because in the books his character is never spotted by the White Walkers.
** The second season finale features Samwell Tarly hiding ineffectually behind a rock as a horde of White Walkers and their undead Wight minions advance towards the Fist of the First Men. The opening scene of the third season has him running through the wilderness before being attacked by a single Wight, who still nearly manages to kill him before he's saved by Ghost and Jeor Mormont. While most of the actual battle had to be skipped due to [[SerendipityWritesThePlot budgetary reasons]], it still leaves you wondering how Sam managed to sneak past an entire Undead army that had ''already seen him''.
** Given their flair for drama, both could simply be examples of SpareAMessenger.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'' does this twice with encounters with the White Walkers.
''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** In the opening scene of the series, series' ColdOpen, a ranger of the Night's Watch ranger comes face-to-face with a [[EldritchAbomination White Walker who had Walker]] who's just killed his two comrades. In a following scene, comrades, but in the very next scene he's running around the North, North hundreds of miles to the south, with no explanation for of how he escaped. This is also an AdaptationInducedPlotHole, because AdaptationInducedPlotHole since in the books his character the survivor is never spotted by the White Walkers.
** The second season Season 2 finale features Samwell Sam Tarly hiding cowering ineffectually behind a rock as a horde of White Walkers and their undead Wight wight minions advance towards the Fist of the First Men. Men, ending just as one of the passing White Walkers turns to look right at him. The opening scene of the third season has him Season 3, however, show Sam running through the dim snowy wilderness before being attacked by a single Wight, who wight that still nearly manages to almost kill him before he's saved by Ghost and Jeor Mormont. rescued. While most of the actual battle had to be was obviously [[BattleDiscretionShot skipped due to [[SerendipityWritesThePlot for budgetary reasons]], it still leaves you wondering never explained how Sam managed to sneak past survive an entire Undead undead army that had ''already seen him''.
** Given [[spoiler: Theon and Sansa]] end Season 5 attempting to escape Winterfell by leaping from its high walls with only the briefest shot of a [[SoftWater very thin skiff of snow]] to imply they might survive and miles of open ground to cross before they reach any cover. Come Season 6, however, and they're already running through the forest without so much as a twisted ankle and their flair for drama, both could simply be examples of SpareAMessenger.captor, who has a whole army and loves HuntingTheMostDangerousGame, sends just six men after them.
25th Jan '18 1:10:37 PM ironballs16
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->''"The bad guy stuck [Rocketman] in a car on a mountain road and knocked him out and welded the door shut and tore out the brakes and started him to his death, and he woke up and tried to steer and tried to get out, but the car went off a cliff before he could escape! And it crashed and burned, and I was so upset and excited, and the next week, you better believe I was first in line. And they always start with the end of the last week. And there was Rocketman, trying to get out, and here comes the cliff, and just before the car went off the cliff, he jumped free! And all the kids cheered! But'' I ''didn't cheer. I stood right up and started shouting, 'This isn't what happened last week! Have you all got amnesia? They just cheated us! This isn't fair! '''HE DIDN'T GET OUT OF THE COCK-A-DOODIE CAR!''''"''

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->''"The bad guy stuck [Rocketman] in a car on a mountain road and knocked him out and welded the door shut and tore out the brakes and started him to his death, and he woke up and tried to steer and tried to get out, but the car went off a cliff before he could escape! And it crashed and burned, and I was so upset and excited, and the next week, you better believe I was first in line. And they always start with the end of the last week. And there was Rocketman, trying to get out, and here comes the cliff, and just before the car went off the cliff, he jumped free! And all the kids cheered! But'' I ''didn't cheer. I stood right up and started shouting, 'This isn't what happened last week! Have you all got amnesia? ''amnesia''? They just cheated us! This isn't fair! '''HE DIDN'T GET OUT OF THE COCK-A-DOODIE CAR!''''"''
19th Jan '18 1:27:15 PM SeanMurrayI
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** In the season finale "Lian Yu," [[spoiler:Prometheus has rigged the entire island of Lian Yu with explosives that are set to go off after his death. The island is showered with explosions, and Oliver and his son William are the only ones clear from the blast zones, leaving the fate of everyone else in question.]] Come the following season's premiere [[spoiler:the only casualty of the explosions was William's mother and Oliver's ex, minor character Samantha, while almost everyone else was relatively unharmed, with Thea and Diggle being the only ones to even have any sort of injury.]] Some people have gone on to compare it to ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'''s "Moldavian Massacre" cliffhanger, with both shows even airing the cliffhangers at the end of their respective fifth seasons.

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** In the season finale "Lian Yu," [[spoiler:Prometheus has rigged the entire island of Lian Yu with explosives that are set to go off after his death. The island is showered with explosions, and Oliver and his son William are the only ones clear from the blast zones, leaving the fate of everyone else in question.]] Come the following season's premiere [[spoiler:the only casualty casualties of the explosions was are William's mother and Oliver's ex, minor character Samantha, while almost everyone else was relatively unharmed, with Thea and Diggle being the only ones to even have any sort of injury.]] Some people have gone on to compare it to ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'''s "Moldavian Massacre" cliffhanger, with both shows even airing the cliffhangers at the end of their respective fifth seasons.
19th Jan '18 1:24:32 PM SeanMurrayI
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** In the season finale "Lian Yu," [[spoiler:Prometheus has rigged the entire island of Lian Yu with explosives that are set to go off after his death. The island is showered with explosions, and Oliver and his son William are the only ones clear from the blast zones, leaving everyone else's fates in question.]] Come the following season's premiere [[spoiler:the only casualty of the explosions was William's mother and Oliver's ex, minor character Samantha, while almost everyone else was relatively unharmed, with Thea and Diggle being the only ones to even have any sort of injury.]] Some people have gone on to compare it to ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'''s "Moldavian Massacre" cliffhanger, with both shows even airing the cliffhangers at the end of their respective fifth seasons.

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** In the season finale "Lian Yu," [[spoiler:Prometheus has rigged the entire island of Lian Yu with explosives that are set to go off after his death. The island is showered with explosions, and Oliver and his son William are the only ones clear from the blast zones, leaving the fate of everyone else's fates else in question.]] Come the following season's premiere [[spoiler:the only casualty of the explosions was William's mother and Oliver's ex, minor character Samantha, while almost everyone else was relatively unharmed, with Thea and Diggle being the only ones to even have any sort of injury.]] Some people have gone on to compare it to ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'''s "Moldavian Massacre" cliffhanger, with both shows even airing the cliffhangers at the end of their respective fifth seasons.
19th Jan '18 12:53:59 PM MisterCPC
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** In the season finale "Lian Yu," [[spoiler:Prometheus has rigged the entire island of Lian Yu with explosives that are set to go off after his death. The island is showered with explosions, and only Oliver and his son William are the only people clear of the explosions, leaving everyone else's fate in question.]] Come the following season's premiere [[spoiler:the only casualty of the explosions was William's mother and Oliver's ex, minor character Samantha, while almost everyone else was relatively unharmed, with Thea and Diggle being the only ones to even have any sort of injury.]] Some people have gone on to compare it to ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'''s "Moldavian Massacre" cliffhanger, with both shows even airing the cliffhangers at the end of their respective fifth seasons.

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** In the season finale "Lian Yu," [[spoiler:Prometheus has rigged the entire island of Lian Yu with explosives that are set to go off after his death. The island is showered with explosions, and only Oliver and his son William are the only people ones clear of from the explosions, blast zones, leaving everyone else's fate fates in question.]] Come the following season's premiere [[spoiler:the only casualty of the explosions was William's mother and Oliver's ex, minor character Samantha, while almost everyone else was relatively unharmed, with Thea and Diggle being the only ones to even have any sort of injury.]] Some people have gone on to compare it to ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'''s "Moldavian Massacre" cliffhanger, with both shows even airing the cliffhangers at the end of their respective fifth seasons.
19th Jan '18 1:11:54 AM MisterCPC
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' had one of its own in Season Three when the MidSeasonTwist showed Ra's al Ghul thrusting a sword through Oliver's chest, then kicking his lifeless body off the side of a mountain. When the next episode aired, somehow the stab wound moved to the shoulder area, and Oliver managed to land on a nice soft snow bank not too far down the mountain side.

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' ''Series/{{Arrow}}''
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had one of its own in Season Three when the MidSeasonTwist showed Ra's al Ghul thrusting a sword through Oliver's chest, then kicking his lifeless body off the side of a mountain. When the next episode aired, somehow the stab wound moved to the shoulder area, and Oliver managed to land on a nice soft snow bank not too far down the mountain side.
** In the season finale "Lian Yu," [[spoiler:Prometheus has rigged the entire island of Lian Yu with explosives that are set to go off after his death. The island is showered with explosions, and only Oliver and his son William are the only people clear of the explosions, leaving everyone else's fate in question.]] Come the following season's premiere [[spoiler:the only casualty of the explosions was William's mother and Oliver's ex, minor character Samantha, while almost everyone else was relatively unharmed, with Thea and Diggle being the only ones to even have any sort of injury.]] Some people have gone on to compare it to ''Series/{{Dynasty}}'''s "Moldavian Massacre" cliffhanger, with both shows even airing the cliffhangers at the end of their respective fifth seasons.
27th Dec '17 6:24:24 PM Thunderforge
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* ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'': In the two-part premiere, "A Zeo Beginning," Part 1 ends with the Rangers asking Alpha 5 what happened to Zordon, and he suggests that something happened to him in the Command Center's implosion. At the beginning of Part II, the same scene is played, but Alpha 5 gives a completely different response.

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* ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'': In the two-part premiere, "A Zeo Beginning," Part 1 ends with the Rangers asking Alpha 5 what happened to Zordon, and he suggests indicates that something happened to him in the Command Center's implosion. At the beginning of Part II, 2, the same scene is played, but Alpha 5 gives a completely different response.
27th Dec '17 6:22:09 PM Thunderforge
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* ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'': In the two-part premiere, "A Zeo Beginning," Alpha's solemn final line at the end of Part I suggests that something happened to Zordon in the Command Center's implosion. This line doesn't make it to the beginning of Part II, where Alpha instead cheerfully reveals that Zordon is just fine.

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* ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'': In the two-part premiere, "A Zeo Beginning," Alpha's solemn final line at the end of Part I 1 ends with the Rangers asking Alpha 5 what happened to Zordon, and he suggests that something happened to Zordon him in the Command Center's implosion. This line doesn't make it to At the beginning of Part II, where the same scene is played, but Alpha instead cheerfully reveals that 5 gives a completely different response.
-->'''Adam:''' What about Zordon? \\
'''Kat:''' Yeah…is he…? \\
'''Alpha 5:''' Oh…I’m so sorry Power Rangers. I guess I should have told you right away… \\
''[On next week's episode…]'' \\
'''Adam:''' What about Zordon? \\
'''Kat:''' Yeah…is he…? \\
'''Alpha 5:''' Ai yi yi! Don’t even think it!
Zordon is just fine.fine!
26th Dec '17 2:33:16 AM SeptimusHeap
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* ''{{Spider-Man}}'':

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* ''{{Spider-Man}}'':''Franchise/SpiderMan'':
26th Dec '17 2:28:25 AM SeptimusHeap
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