April Posted October 8, 2017 Posted October 8, 2017 2 hours ago, djsurrey said: Unexpected unpredictable stuff happens all the time. LOL This! I mean, sitcoms as a genre deal with a ton of real life situations (including the repetitive nature of it) as a frame to hang their stories on but so far TBBT always found a way to do something unexpected of some sorts. The thing is though, in the end you need to find a good balance between "predictable" and "unpredictable". Predictability in writing is mostly relying on character development and consistency. So if you can predict what a character will do the writers did a great job establishing their personality and behavioural pattern. You can't just throw in any bullshit twist cause people won't buy it and complain about it being OOC (cause that's what "Out Of Character" means: the character is doing something unexpected that doesn't mesh with their established personality or development or past actions. It doesn't mean "the character does something I don't like!" like some people seem to use the term). Heck, the purpose of a cliffhanger is not to end in something unexpected, it's to keep people interested enough to watch the next episode even if one outcome is more likely than another. So this all definitely was the case with the proposal: The cliffhanger was the question whether Amy would say yes or no. One of the answers was more likely but there was enough uncertainty that kept people guessing and discussing. (Heck, even among us Shamy fans here there were some people in the "Amy will say no" camp.) In the end the writers decided to go with the more likely answer cause it makes more sense for the character. And it paid off cause the premiere got the highest ratings since 9x11. For what it's worth the writers seem to know their target audience and this cliffhanger certainly got it to tune in. Share this post Link to post Share on other sites More sharing options...
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