The shocking plot twist is a staple of TV fiction, especially in an era in which shows are competing for our attention with stuff like games, social media, and massive, massive amounts of free porn. The people who write non-naked characters have to keep us on our toes -- but, at the same time, they can't help dropping hints about their upcoming revelations when they know you're not paying attention. Probably because you're looking at porn.
Here are the game-changers you totally should have seen coming.
6Breaking Bad -- One Song Gives Away the Entire Ending
The best part about Breaking Bad was that you never knew what the hell was going to happen next -- the show kept us constantly wondering, "How is that wacky Walter White gonna get out of this one?" By the time we reached the final episode (and that's your cue to scroll down to the next entry if you haven't seen it), Walter is on the lam for meth dealing, but he decides to return to New Mexico anyway to tie up loose ends. This includes setting up a drug-money trust for his son, saying goodbye to his wife, and gunning down some neo-Nazis in a meth lab.
Struck by a stray bullet, Walt takes one last nostalgic stroll around the meth lab before dropping dead. Man, who could have seen all of that coming?
Calling it "thematically inevitable" doesn't count as predicting it, Dan.
You, if you'd paid attention. Because the entire plot is revealed at the beginning of the episode. In the opening scene, while Walt is searching the glove compartment of the car he stole to go back to New Mexico, a cassette tape falls out: "El Paso," by Marty Robbins.
Robbins also sang the hit "Ti Pol," which played during the show's pilot.
Walt pops it into the tape deck and drives off, and check out what the lyrics are predicting for him:
I saddled up and away I did go, riding alone in the dark.
Maybe tomorrow, a bullet may find me.
Tonight nothing's worse than this pain in my heart.
Well, that doesn't bode well, but when you look at the story told by the rest of the lyrics, it gets downright spooky:
A cowboy falls for a girl named Felina -- which happens to be the title of the episode -- and, stealing a horse, flees town to New Mexico after he kills a man who threatens their relationship. Later, the outlaw returns, explaining, "My love is stronger than my fear of death," and during a shootout he is struck by a stray bullet. The cowboy dies in the arms of Felina, his true love. Just like Walt died accompanied by his true love: no, not his wife or his family. Meth.