Sometimes a good mystery can be satisfying even without a solution, but when it comes to TV, fans tend to prefer their questions answered, and loose ends tied up. But not every TV show gets the time needed to tell the story the creators intended, since networks care more about ratings than leaving their fans scrambling from unresolved cliffhangers or random twists with no explanation.
Here is our list of 5 TV Plot Holes That Might Never Be Explained.
The Walking Dead
The first season of the The Walking Dead had its cast of survivors looking for an explanation for the zombie outbreak, and possibly a cure. They eventually learned what readers of the comic already knew: the zombie infection is carried by every human, living or dead. In other words, no matter how a person dies, they’re already a zombie just waiting to be born. Creator Robert Kirkman has no intention of explaining where the pathogen came from, but fans shouldn’t bother even trying to explain how it works. Despite the show’s attempts at using real science to describe the infection, bodies that can move without bloodflow or organs are already impossible. To make things worse, the comic series has implied zombie bodies decay like real flesh, which means nearly all should be liquid after a month or two, and skeletons after a year.
Game of Thrones
The Game of Thrones fantasy series deals mainly with the politics of noble men and women, but from the very start, it was the mysterious White Walkers who stole the show. The blue-eyed creatures have faded into legend by the time the series begins, having remained hidden for over 8,000 years, but the massive Wall built to keep them in the North shows they were once the greatest threat ever seen. The creatures may appear as frozen zombies in the TV series, but author George R. R. Martin describes the White Walkers, or “Others” differently: in the novels, they are beautiful beings who speak an ancient tongue, craft impossible weapons, and are nearly unstoppable in every way. In other words: TV audiences hoping to see their origins or motivations explained shouldn’t hold their breath. No one is left alive who remembers, anyway.
It’s no secret that ABC’s Lost raised more questions than it did answers, with some of the strangest twists or mysteries in the series left completely unresolved by the time the series ended. Much was made of Hurley’s connection to the Numbers – 4,8,15,16,23,42 – used in the Swan station, blown wide open in the season 1 finale. But the horrible run of bad luck that they brought Hurley, referred to as “a curse” by the man who first uncovered them, is never explained. Was it a curse, or all in his head? But one of the most debated questions is one the writers simply refuse to solve. When season 5 saw Sawyer and Juliet’s group exchange gunfire with another boat, fans expected to find out who the unknown men actually were. No answer ever came, and the most obvious assumptions were thrown out when the showrunners claimed it was a closely-guarded secret. DVD extras hinted that it may have been the time-travelling crew of the 19th century ship stranded on the island, but until the writers spill the beans, fans only have theories to debate.
When ABC’s Lost was coming to an end, the network was looking for a new sci-fi phenomenon to take its place. And when FlashForward began, it seemed they had found it. The premise hooked audiences immediately, when every person on Earth blacked out for 137 seconds, and saw a vision of themselves six months in the future. The show debuted to huge ratings, but the 20 episodes that followed saw the audience fall by more than half. ABC cancelled plans for a second season, but only after the finale had been filmed, leaving characters’ lives in danger, and another blackout showing different visions even farther ahead. The cliffhanger was all fans got, with only their imagination to offer any real ending.
Not every TV show can win over critics on its premise alone, but even with star Jason Isaacs, it was the fractured format of NBC’s Awake that hooked early viewers. After a car accident leaves Detective Michael Britten’s son dead, he and his wife attempt to rebuild their shattered home life. Until Michael goes to sleep, and wakes up in a world where it was his wife who died in the car accident instead. Unsure of which reality was the “real” one, he realizes that details from a current cases in each reality help him solve the mystery in the other. Despite the reality-bending hook and solid cast, Awake was cancelled during its first season, meaning the writers had time to adjust their finale, showing Michael, his wife and son all reunited. But it’s not an answer to the core question of the show: Creator Kyle Killen said the original ending couldn’t work in so short a time, meaning the finale is just further fracturing of Michael’s mind – not a happy ending.
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