7 thoughts on “Don’t Compete With Your Own Viewers Over Twists and Mysteries

  1. In the eventual history of Pop Culture References, this will be the first of many mentions by Brian on how self-destructive Bays and Thomas were with their series.

  2. What I want to know is this:

    Are there any examples of the writers using audience guesses to influence their own writing?

    Some of the theories and ideas regarding Lost were significantly better and more thoughtful than what the show runners ultimately gave us. Game of Thrones also had some really great, “Wow, I never thought of that, but it makes a lot of sense” predictions too.

  3. I suppose the biggest irony of the HIMYM ending is that it probably would have been better off if they had gone the Westworld route. It seemed that pretty much everyone had figured out during the season that the mother would pass away, freeing Ted to end up with Robin. Had they changed the ending, they actually COULD have surprised the audience, AND they would have given an ending that more people liked. (Heck, it seemed at that point that the twist was so expected, that it wasn’t even a twist any more. The real twist would have been doing ANYTHING ELSE.)

    (I suppose that could be a clause in the Cronin Theory: if people figure out the twist, and they HATE it… THEN it might be okay to change it.)

  4. An upcoming installment is basically that, “Having a plan is good, but not if your plan is bad.”

  5. I totally subscribe, Brian.
    I think about Lost: it was the mother of all twist business. Since it was mostly made out of twists, people started to post guesses about the final explanation all around the web, and, of course, somebody likely guessed what was in the authors’ minds right. Or, the other way round, whenever the authors came up with something, it had already been explored by someone, so they had to go for something nobody had thought already.
    And, rest assured, if nobody among millions of viewer has envisioned the same idea, there is a huge chance it may suck, just plain statistics.

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