Almost every bit of media out there, whether it comes in the form of movies, television shows, or video games, is competing to capture their audience’s attention and hold it for as long as possible. The more intriguing and shocking a particular plot or storyline is, the more we seem to enjoy it – everyone loves being kept on his or her toes. However, it can be fun to go back and look at the games and shows you watched after the initial excitement is over, just so you can notice the subtle, and not-so-subtle hints that have been dropped on the way to the exciting finale. It seems that many successful writers simply can’t help placing a little bit of foreshadowing within the plot, and sometimes they can be absurdly obvious, without anybody actually noticing until later on.
Before you read on, be warned. There will be spoilers.
1. Borderlands 2: Graffiti Tells Us About the Death of a Character
Borderlands 2 is a game that should keep any avid gamer happy for quite some time, especially if you allow yourself the chance to indulge in all the little secrets and hidden Easter eggs that have been scattered through the various landscapes and missions. There are quite a few to mention, including a moment when you deliver pizza to four mutants that live in a sewer, stumble across the ‘double rainbow all the way’ achievement, discover a loveable lion king duo in the form of a skag and a stalker, and meet a somewhat less Disney-friendly version of snow white and her seven…rats. However, the most bewildering Easter egg, and piece of foreshadowing that I didn’t notice on my first play- through of Borderlands, is the graffiti smeared behind Roland when you rescue him from his cell. The screenshot above shows it all, a great big red ‘YOU DIE’, plastered for viewers to see.
2. Game Of Thrones: Petyr Baelish Casually Describes Various Deaths
Game of Thrones, perhaps one of the most loved television series out there in the world today, threw out a few spoiler-ific pieces of foreshadowing when we saw the weasel-y Petyr Baelish in episode eight, season four, announcing that, “People die at their dinner tables, they die in their beds, they die squatting over their chamber pots”. At first, it seems as though he’s just making a comment as to the inevitability of death to sooth a worried child, (nice going Baelish) but when we reached the finale the obvious nature of the foreshadowing really hits home. The first one regarding dying at the dinner table doesn’t really qualify as foreshadowing, as Joffrey had already keeled over by that point in a scene of wonderfully horrific choking, but the other two are right on the mark. Shae, Tyrion’s ex-lover is strangled to death in Tywin’s bed, and Tywin gets lethally shot with a crossbow while sitting on the toilet.
3. Shaun of the Dead: Ed Plans out the Entire Movie
Shaun of the Dead has to be one of my all-time favourite movies, and it also might be guilty of the most obvious foreshadowing in film history. When Shaun’s busy moping over the fact that his girlfriend has left him, Ed describes a plan of what the two of them could get up to over the following day, suggesting that they have a “Bloody Mary” to begin with, then “a bite at the king’s head”, followed by “a couple at the Little Princess” before “staggering back” to the Winchester, and going back to the bar for “shots”. This plan happens to be the exact plot for the remainder of the entire film. The first thing they do after recognizing the zombie apocalypse has broken out is kill a zombie with the nametag ‘Mary’ before they run off to Shaun’s mum’s house and see that his stepfather has been bitten. Next, they pick up the princess, Shaun’s love interest, and her two friends, before staggering in zombie fashion back to the Winchester and fending off zombies with a shotgun behind the bar.
4. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Willow Comes Out as Gay A Season Early
Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s fun and quirky witch best-friend Willow discovering that she was gay in Season four proved to be a pretty ground-breaking moment within pop-culture history, with many people finding the whole concept completely shocking, after years of witnessing her love for Zander. However, if you did pay a little bit of extra attention, you might have noticed a hint to this plot twist in the episode from season 3 titled “The Wish”, in which we see a Sunnydale overrun by vampires, including vampire Willow. When regular Willow meets her evil self, she mentions that she’s “evil”, skanky, and also “kinda gay”. Although Buffy jumps in to tell Willow that vampires are nothing like the human that they once were, it’s pretty awkward when we realize that Willow actually is gay, and her lesbian love goes some way to indirectly turning her evil too, after her girlfriend gets murdered and she decides to go around flaying guys and threatening to end life as we know it.
5. Portal 2: A Random Turret Tells You Everything That’s Going to Happen
Portal 2 is a never-ending stream of plot-twists, with a psychotic (yet strangely loveable) robot turning out to be a kind of hero, an annoyingly stupid sidekick turning out to be the crazy bad guy, and so on. However, before GLaDOS is transformed into a potato terrified of being eaten by birds, the player will come across a line of defective drones lying on a conveyer belt as they are slowly delivered to their destruction. If you pick up the turret that continuously insists that it’s different, it will start to offer up snippets of dialogue letting you know exactly what is going to take place throughout the rest of the game. For example “Her name is Caroline”, is a hint regarding the fact that Caroline, the lead scientist’s assistant, woke up to find her consciousness being merged with an evil computer.
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