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While our favorite TV shows feature great writing, characters, and stories, sometimes they also feature cliffhangers that go unresolved for one reason or another. Here are 8 unresolved cliffhangers from popular TV shows.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender. Throughout the final season of Avatar: The Last Airbender, we got bits and pieces about the whereabouts of Prince Zuko’s mother. While the animated TV show teased what happened to her, we never got a clear answer on where she is and why she was banished from the Fire Nation. Although the four-part series finale was satisfying, this was the one loose end the show’s writers didn’t tie up.
- Lost. There are numerous questions about Lost that have yet to be answered. We’ll never get those answers, so you have to watch Lost with a grain of salt. One of the biggest was why was Walt so special. The character was written off the show in season three because the actor just got older and older, so the writers left this mystery unanswered. Lost is probably the most frustrating TV series of the last 10 years.
- Quantum Leap. Sam Beckett leaps from body to body throughout time, but during the series finale, he ends up in a bar where he meets God in the form of a bartender, who tells him he can go home whenever he wants. Beckett makes one last leap, but we never find out if he makes it home or not.
- Sliders. At the end of the series, a psychic named Mark tells the gang if they “slide” again, they’ll die. Rembrandt makes one last slide, but Mark dies before we find out if Rembrandt survived or not. Sliders was a good TV show for about two seasons, before things started to go downhill. The writers could have just eased the minds of fans and finished the series off with dignity.
- Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Because of all the time traveling on the TV show, John Connor’s timeline gets interrupted. During the series finale, John Connor time travels one more time into the future to stop a Terminator, but discovers that no one in the future has ever heard of John Connor. The series ends without any explanation.
- V (1984). The original V from 1984 ended after one season because it was really expensive to produce. One of the main characters stows away on a shuttle, but one of the TV show’s aliens leaves on bomb on said shuttle. The series ends without telling the audience whether or not the bomb goes off. ABC canceled V in 1985.
- The Sopranos. During its season finale, the question whether or not Tony lives or dies is never answered. Instead the episode abruptly ends and cuts to black before we ever figure out what happens. The series finale was so abrupt that people thought their cable went out and complained to HBO.
- Twin Peaks. Killer Bob possesses Agent Cooper during the Twin Peaks series finale. Twin Peaks ends with Cooper going crazy without any explanation. Here’s to season three on Showtime in 2016!