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18th Feb '17 3:31:47 PM JamesAustin
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Oh no. What are you going to do now? You killed off [[Literature/HarryPotter Lord Voldemort]], [[Series/StarTrekVoyager got Voyager back to the Alpha Quadrant]], sank the ''Bismarck'', resolved all the [[{{UST}} sexual tension]] and/or [[Series/BabylonFive saved the galaxy]]. There's nowhere else for the story to ''go''.

But, hey, don't let that stop you. After all, you got yourself another season. Other producers would kill for a chance like this, so why not just go ahead? The problem is, unless you're ''very'' careful with how you go about the new season, you might end up [[JumpTheShark Jumping The Shark]].

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Oh no. What are you going to do now? You killed off [[Literature/HarryPotter Lord Voldemort]], [[Series/StarTrekVoyager got Voyager back to the Alpha Quadrant]], sank the ''Bismarck'', resolved all the [[{{UST}} [[UnresolvedSexualTension sexual tension]] and/or [[Series/BabylonFive saved the galaxy]]. There's nowhere else for the story to ''go''.

But, hey, don't let that stop you. After all, you got yourself another season. Other producers would kill for a chance like this, so why not just go ahead? The problem is, unless you're ''very'' careful with how you go about the new season, you might end up [[JumpTheShark Jumping The Shark]].
JumpingTheShark.
11th Feb '17 9:04:46 PM Hylarn
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* The second half of the ''VideoGame/MegamanBattleNetwork'' games suffer from this. The ending of ''3'' is the typical "It looks like the hero's about to die. No wait, he survives." script, while being overly sentimental and dramatic, as well as finally beating up the World Three, the main villain group. It's pretty obvious that ''4'' was made with absolutely no thought put into subsequent games (the villain is a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere, dark chips seem to be a one-off gimmick, and the plot is very bare-bones). ''5'' builds on the dark chips and the new villains, the Nebula organization, but kills them off in the game, making all the development meaningless, and ''6'' switches gears back to World Three, the group you were assured were finished in ''3'', while bringing back older characters from all the other games, except, oddly fitting, from ''3''.

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* The second half of the ''VideoGame/MegamanBattleNetwork'' games suffer from this. The ending of ''3'' is the typical "It looks like the hero's about to die. No wait, he survives." script, while being overly sentimental a big, conclusive ending with lots of drama and dramatic, as well as finally beating up the World Three, the main villain group. It's pretty obvious that getting killed off. But the series was doing well, so ''4'' was made with absolutely no thought put into subsequent games (the introduces a new villain is a GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere, dark chips seem to be a one-off gimmick, and the plot is very bare-bones). completely out of nowhere. Which ''5'' builds on the dark chips and the new villains, the Nebula organization, but kills them off in the game, making all the development meaningless, and proceeds to write out so that ''6'' switches gears back to World Three, can have you deal with the group you were assured were finished villain that was apparently killed in ''3'', while bringing back older characters from all the other games, except, oddly fitting, from ''3''.''3'' in a different way.
2nd Feb '17 5:44:14 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* This was parodied with ''AudioPlay/EvangelionAfterTheEnd'', an official audio drama parody released by the cast and crew of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The plot involves the show unexpectedly being renewed for a second season (despite the ending making that [[KillEmAll unlikely]]), and the cast subsequently struggling to come up with a decent way to continue the franchise. Among other things, they contemplate {{Retool}}ing it as a Franchise/SuperSentai program, a teen drama, and even a [[ContinuityReboot reboot]]... [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]!

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* This was parodied with ''AudioPlay/EvangelionAfterTheEnd'', an official audio drama parody SelfParody released by the cast and crew of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. The plot involves the show unexpectedly being renewed for a second season (despite the ending making that [[KillEmAll unlikely]]), and the cast subsequently struggling to come up with a decent way to continue the franchise. Among other things, they contemplate {{Retool}}ing it as a Franchise/SuperSentai program, a teen drama, and even a [[ContinuityReboot reboot]]... [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]]!
15th Jan '17 11:54:03 AM KitenHat77
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* ''Series/{{Community}}'' does this in season 5, with the first episode even being called Repilot. Surprisingly it is actually generally considered superior to the previous season, thanks to the fact that series creator Dan Harmon had returned. Notably it features more {{Homage}}/ParodyEpisodes than the previous season.
1st Jan '17 4:10:21 PM Xtifr
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** The Dark Dragon story arc of ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' was itself a post-script season. Originally, the show was intended to last only through the Baby storyline, but Bandai asked {{Toei}} to kept the show going afterward in order to [[CashCowFranchise help promote]] their ''Dragon Ball Final Bout'' fighting game for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation.

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** The Dark Dragon story arc of ''Anime/DragonBallGT'' was itself a post-script season. Originally, the show was intended to last only through the Baby storyline, but Bandai asked {{Toei}} Toei to kept the show going afterward in order to [[CashCowFranchise help promote]] their ''Dragon Ball Final Bout'' fighting game for the UsefulNotes/PlayStation.



* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' was originally a completed series at a mere 40 episodes, with a conclusion similar to the ending of ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' (the Japanese basis for the first season) where Rita Repulsa was re-captured and thrown back into space in her dumpster after the defeat of Cyclopsis. However, the explosion in merchandise sales early into the series convinced Saban to pay {{Toei}} to film more action footage to extend the first season to 60 episodes (some which were left over and eventually used for the second season), as well as enter a contract for adapting whole future seasons. Traces of the original series finale are evident in the VERY choppy Command Center scene at the end of the aired version of "Doomsday Part 2" (in which Zordon offers the Rangers a chance to retire, even though Rita is still loose).

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* ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' was originally a completed series at a mere 40 episodes, with a conclusion similar to the ending of ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger'' (the Japanese basis for the first season) where Rita Repulsa was re-captured and thrown back into space in her dumpster after the defeat of Cyclopsis. However, the explosion in merchandise sales early into the series convinced Saban to pay {{Toei}} Toei to film more action footage to extend the first season to 60 episodes (some which were left over and eventually used for the second season), as well as enter a contract for adapting whole future seasons. Traces of the original series finale are evident in the VERY choppy Command Center scene at the end of the aired version of "Doomsday Part 2" (in which Zordon offers the Rangers a chance to retire, even though Rita is still loose).
1st Jan '17 4:08:21 PM Xtifr
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* ''Manga/DragonBall'': After Akira Toriyama decided to officially conclude the manga with the Majin Buu storyline, {{Toei}} (the producers of the anime version) did their own SequelSeries titled ''Anime/DragonBallGT''.

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* ''Manga/DragonBall'': After Akira Toriyama decided to officially conclude the manga with the Majin Buu storyline, {{Toei}} Creator/ToeiAnimation (the producers of the anime version) did their own SequelSeries titled ''Anime/DragonBallGT''.
29th Dec '16 11:33:42 AM nombretomado
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* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' finished its plot arc in its second season, ending with an epilogue to the entire [[{{Diniverse}} DC Animated Universe]], set after ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. The series went on for one more season, however, with an entirely different storyline involving Luthor and Grodd forming the Legion of Doom; however, unlike many other examples on this list, it managed to maintain its high quality until the end. The series' creators have stated that after ''Batman Beyond'' ended without any significant fanfare, they made every season finale a possible GrandFinale, since they never knew whether or not they would get another season.

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' finished its plot arc in its second season, ending with an epilogue to the entire [[{{Diniverse}} DC Animated Universe]], Franchise/DCAnimatedUniverse, set after ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. The series went on for one more season, however, with an entirely different storyline involving Luthor and Grodd forming the Legion of Doom; however, unlike many other examples on this list, it managed to maintain its high quality until the end. The series' creators have stated that after ''Batman Beyond'' ended without any significant fanfare, they made every season finale a possible GrandFinale, since they never knew whether or not they would get another season.
28th Dec '16 10:25:37 AM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'' introduced a potential story arc involving a super virus named Daemon mid season three, but was largely ignored in favor of the immediate plot and the third season concludes with a satisfying GrandFinale. After good reruns on CartoonNetwork got a new season in development (after about 4 years), the decision was made to structure the fourth season into four part episode arcs that could be strung together as a movie. This left the Daemon arc, hugely hyped by the fanbase, as being resolved in just four episodes and not an entire season. It hurt too that the third set of episodes was never produced, leaving on a big cliffhanger for the second set of episodes.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{ReBoot}}'' introduced a potential story arc involving a super virus named Daemon mid season three, but was largely ignored in favor of the immediate plot and the third season concludes with a satisfying GrandFinale. After good reruns on CartoonNetwork Creator/CartoonNetwork got a new season in development (after about 4 years), the decision was made to structure the fourth season into four part episode arcs that could be strung together as a movie. This left the Daemon arc, hugely hyped by the fanbase, as being resolved in just four episodes and not an entire season. It hurt too that the third set of episodes was never produced, leaving on a big cliffhanger for the second set of episodes.
24th Dec '16 1:40:24 PM PhilsLover
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* ''Creator/DeanKoontz's Frankenstein'' ends the third book by [[spoiler:killing Victor]], resolving the UnresolvedSexualTension, and otherwise tying up its loose ends. There is a mention of [[spoiler:Victor's clone surviving]], but otherwise everything is settled. Book Four came out in 2010, and Book Five is coming out in 2011. And many, ''many'' people really wish they hadn't/aren't.

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* ''Creator/DeanKoontz's Frankenstein'' ends the third book by [[spoiler:killing Victor]], resolving the UnresolvedSexualTension, and otherwise tying up its loose ends. There is a mention of [[spoiler:Victor's clone surviving]], but otherwise everything is settled. Book Four came out in 2010, and Book Five is coming came out in 2011. And many, ''many'' people really wish they hadn't/aren't.hadn't.
29th Nov '16 12:40:02 PM Saurubiker
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* After years of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games existing as standalone games, the success of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and the intrigue created by a promotional video expanding on the game's BittersweetEnding led to production of ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 Final Fantasy X-2]]'' scant months after the game's Japanese release. Since the world had already been saved in the previous game, this sequel had a LighterAndSofter tone, especially compared to the heavy drama of the first. It also added FanService by the truck load and starred three women. Finally, it also addressed the BittersweetEnding, leading to many outcries from people that had assumed [[spoiler: Tidus died, despite the ending of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' showing him returning to Spira and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 Final Fantasy X-2]]'' using that ''exact'' scene to show his return.]]
** [[ZigZaggedTrope In a sense]], the entire Final Fantasy series could qualify. Squaresoft expected [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI the original]] to be its [[MeaningfulName last game]] before closing its doors forever. However, the game was so successful that it saved the company and spawned an [[Franchise/FinalFantasy entire franchise]]. Interesting, though, in that each installment generally stands alone with its own characters, plot, and setting.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' ended quite conclusively -- the heroes saved Cocoon, their loved ones they were trying to save were restored, the villains were dead, and humanity was facing an uncertain but hopeful future on Pulse. But WordOfGod is that fan demand for a sequel was high, so they made one. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 Said sequel]] follows the main heroine's little sister and a new character with the original party members having gone missing or playing supporting roles, features a new antagonist never even hinted at in the first game, and features a storyline almost entirely detached from the original, focusing on time travel and undoing paradoxes in the timeline. After THAT game came [[Videogame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII another game]], this time focusing entirely on Lightning and wrapping up the series for good (hopefully).

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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** [[ZigZaggedTrope In a sense]], the entire Final Fantasy series could qualify. Creator Creator/HironobuSakaguchi didn't expect to remain in the game industry for long after a floundering a bit with his earlier works, so he decided that his "final game" would be a "fantasy RPG", hence ''VideoGame/{{Final Fantasy|I}}''. However, the game was so successful that it saved the company and spawned an [[Franchise/FinalFantasy entire franchise]]. Sakaguchi would direct all the subsequent mainline installments until ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV V]]'' and then act as series' producer until ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX IX]]''. Interesting, though, in that each installment generally stands alone with its own characters, plot, and setting, due to Sakaguchi's own distaste for sequels (hence why none of the games had direct sequels prior to his departure from Square).
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After years of ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games existing as standalone games, the success of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' and the intrigue created by a promotional video expanding on the game's BittersweetEnding led to production of ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 Final Fantasy X-2]]'' scant months after the game's Japanese release. Since the world had already been saved in the previous game, this sequel had a LighterAndSofter tone, especially compared to the heavy drama of the first. It also added FanService by the truck load and starred three women. Finally, it also addressed the BittersweetEnding, leading to many outcries from people that had assumed [[spoiler: Tidus died, despite the ending of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' showing him returning to Spira and ''[[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 Final Fantasy X-2]]'' using that ''exact'' scene to show his return.]]
** [[ZigZaggedTrope In a sense]], the entire Final Fantasy series could qualify. Squaresoft expected [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyI the original]] to be its [[MeaningfulName last game]] before closing its doors forever. However, the game was so successful that it saved the company and spawned an [[Franchise/FinalFantasy entire franchise]]. Interesting, though, in that each installment generally stands alone with its own characters, plot, and setting.
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''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' ended quite conclusively -- the heroes saved Cocoon, their loved ones they were trying to save were restored, the villains were dead, and humanity was facing an uncertain but hopeful future on Pulse. But WordOfGod is that fan demand for a sequel was high, so they made one. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII2 Said sequel]] follows the main heroine's little sister and a new character with the original party members having gone missing or playing supporting roles, features a new antagonist never even hinted at in the first game, and features a storyline almost entirely detached from the original, focusing on time travel and undoing paradoxes in the timeline. After THAT game came [[Videogame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII another game]], this time focusing entirely on Lightning and wrapping up the series for good (hopefully).



* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV'' both qualify as this. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' had already revealed the secret behind the Patriots, ended their rule, and made Big Boss repent. ''Peace Walker'' and ''V'' are therefore a mostly {{filler}} {{interquel}}s which mostly serves to explain something that was already explained by a previous {{filler}} game (''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'') in a way slightly more congruent with ''Metal Gear Solid 4's'' {{retcon}}s. ''V'' in particular only serves to [[spoiler:a body double for Big Boss to explain how he managed to lead FOX HOUND and operate Outer Heaven at the same time, and how he survived fighting Solid Snake twice.]]

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* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'' and ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV'' both qualify as this. ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' had already revealed the secret behind the Patriots, ended their rule, and made Big Boss repent. ''Peace Walker'' and ''V'' are therefore a mostly {{filler}} {{interquel}}s which mostly serves to explain something that was already explained by a previous {{filler}} game (''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPortableOps'') in a way slightly more congruent with ''Metal Gear Solid 4's'' {{retcon}}s. ''V'' in particular only serves to introduce [[spoiler:a body double for Big Boss to explain how he managed to lead FOX HOUND and operate Outer Heaven at the same time, and how he survived fighting Solid Snake twice.]]
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