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21st May '18 5:26:51 AM SeanMurrayI
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* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'', whose stories were serialized in seasons two through four, had a rather egregious one in "The Duel." The end of episode three had DM and Penfold in a room with the walls closing in on them. When episode four commences, Penfold just happens to have a large spanner that DM gave him for Christmas. DM uses it to stop the walls.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'', whose stories were serialized in seasons two through four, had a rather egregious one in "The Duel." The end of episode three had DM and Penfold in a room with [[TheWallsAreClosingIn the walls closing in on them.them]]. When episode four commences, Penfold just happens to have a large spanner that DM gave him for Christmas. DM uses it to stop the walls.
20th May '18 7:51:49 AM Ccook1956
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* ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'', whose stories were serialized in seasons two through four, had a rather egregious one in "The Duel." The end of episode three had DM and Penfold in a room with the walls closing in on them. When episode four commences, Penfold just happens to have a large spanner that DM gave him for Christmas. DM uses it to stop the walls.
16th Apr '18 3:40:54 PM Yukianesa
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* InUniverse: Annie Wilkes of ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' absolutely hates it when authors do this, telling the story about her favorite cliffhanger serial from when she was a kid, quoted above, to Paul Sheldon after he did a similar thing while writing the manuscript for Annie's personal ''Misery'' novel. Paul had ended the last novel with Misery's burial, so Annie insisted that the new novel would start with a way of getting the heroine out of her grave, fair and square.

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* InUniverse: Annie Wilkes of ''Literature/{{Misery}}'' absolutely hates it when authors do this, telling the story about her favorite cliffhanger serial from when she was a kid, quoted above, to Paul Sheldon after he did a similar thing while writing the manuscript for Annie's personal ''Misery'' novel. Paul had ended the last novel with Misery's burial, so Annie insisted that the new novel would start with a way of getting the heroine out of her grave, fair and square. He eventually comes up with the idea that Misery was NotQuiteDead from a bee-sting allergic reaction and was BuriedAlive, and is quite proud of the idea.
15th Mar '18 2:02:46 PM Lyssa
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* More {{egregious}}ly, the StoryArc leading up to the cliffhanger is {{aborted|Arc}} and/or explained away as AllJustADream.

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* More {{egregious}}ly, JustForFun/{{egregious}}ly, the StoryArc leading up to the cliffhanger is {{aborted|Arc}} and/or explained away as AllJustADream.
1st Mar '18 4:55:00 PM SatoshiBakura
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** The first series ends with John and Sherlock at gunpoint from all angles with no possible escape in sight. In the next series, the bad guys decide to let them go for unexplained reasons.
** The second series ends with Sherlock having faked his death, the cliffhanger being exactly how he pulled it off with zero preparation, given that he clearly wasn't expecting to have to go through with it, which means he came up with the plan in the span of about thirty seconds. The third series reveals he just magically knew every minute detail of Moriarty's plan all along, retroactively destroying any of the tension in the S2 finale and pushing his detective skills to ridiculous MarySue levels, as the faked suicide was accomplished through a needlessly elaborate scheme that would require multiple days of prep time and for him to swear multiple people to secrecy, while never actually telling us ''how'' he figured out what Moriarty's plan was. The most irritating aspect of this is that during the long gap between seasons fans put forth multiple possible ways Sherlock could have pulled it off without needing to resort to this trope.
** The third series ends with Sherlock being arrested for murder and Moriarty returning. In the series 4 premiere, Moriarty's return is brushed off as old video footage [[ArbitrarySkepticism (despite us having just seen a character impossibly fake their death in the last cliffhanger)]] and Sherlock's murder charges are dropped and unceremoniously swept under the rug. His actions at the end of the previous series result in no consequences, and the MoralEventHorizon he crossed by shooting an unarmed man in cold blood is never addressed.
** Episode 2 of the fourth series ends with the series' BigBad pointing a gun at Watson's head and about to fire. By the start of Episode 3, Watson just... shows up with Sherlock, no worse for wear, and it turns out it was just a tranquilizer shot. He barely alludes to the event and doesn't seem shaken by it at all.

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** The first series ends with John and Sherlock at gunpoint from all angles with no possible escape in sight. sight, with Sherlock pointing his gun at a bomb near Moriarty. In the next series, the bad guys decide Moriarty decides to let them go for unexplained reasons.
** The second series ends
because someone calls him with Sherlock having faked his death, the cliffhanger being exactly how he pulled it off with zero preparation, given that he clearly wasn't expecting to have to go through with it, which means he came up with the plan in the span of about thirty seconds. The third series reveals he just magically knew every minute detail of Moriarty's plan all along, retroactively destroying any of the tension in the S2 finale and pushing his detective skills to ridiculous MarySue levels, as the faked suicide was accomplished through a needlessly elaborate scheme that would require multiple days of prep time and for him to swear multiple people to secrecy, while never actually telling us ''how'' he figured out what Moriarty's plan was. The most irritating aspect of this is that during the long gap between seasons fans put forth multiple possible ways Sherlock could have pulled it off without needing to resort to this trope.
** The third series ends with Sherlock being arrested for murder and Moriarty returning. In the series 4 premiere, Moriarty's return is brushed off as old video footage [[ArbitrarySkepticism (despite us having just seen a character impossibly fake their death in the last cliffhanger)]] and Sherlock's murder charges are dropped and unceremoniously swept under the rug. His actions at the end of the previous series result in no consequences, and the MoralEventHorizon he crossed by shooting an unarmed man in cold blood is never addressed.
"a better offer".
** Episode 2 of the fourth series ends with the series' BigBad pointing a gun at Watson's head and about to fire. By the start of Episode 3, Watson just... shows up with Sherlock, no worse for wear, and it turns out it was just a tranquilizer shot. He barely alludes to the event and doesn't seem shaken by it at all.
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.
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