When done right, ambiguity is a lot of fun in art. Did that top ever fall in Inception? What actually happened to Tony at the end of The Sopranos? Will the Seinfeld characters get rehabbed and rehabilitated in prison, or will they languish forever, rehashing old conversations? For God’s sake, please tell us that Steve from Blue’s Clues is still alive!

But ambiguity is, unambiguously, difficult. Fans will have competing theories about what really happened, there will be endless debates on forums and wikis, a whole mess of perspectives will come into play. And that’s supposed to be the fun side of fandom, or even writing prompts for burgeoning Genes Roddensberries or Georges Luccii. But sometimes these debates linger in a toxic, liminal space that finally makes the show creator throw up their hands and say “Can we all calm down! Here’s what happened!” This is 15 times creators felt compelled to clarify their visions:

Apparently, Steve from Stranger Things is linked to Parks and Rec. He's Jean-Ralphio Saperstein's dad, according to a fan theory confirmed by both Ben Schwartz and Mike Schur. CRACKED COM

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Stormfront definitely didn't die in The Boys, according to creator Eric Kripke. No, she's not dead! She's Stumpfront! She's a stumpy little Nazi. She's actually not dead, said Kripke. CRACKED COM

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The finale of The Leftovers definitely, 100%, took place in the real world. Creator Damon Lindelof says it's critical that everybody understands that this finale is taking place in a real space. CRACKED COM

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True Detective creator Nic Pizzolato cleared up Julie's fate at the end of S3. ROON Ultimately, that is really her at the end. And I think it's enough to know that she made it, he said. CRACKED COM

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Tony Soprano definitely dies at the end of the series, explained David Chase. When the screen fades to black, he gets capped - that was what David Chase had in mind, anyay. CRACKED COM

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