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anonymous asked:

I feel like I've seen that mentioned by writers a lot of places. Off the top of my head, Vince Gilligan and the writers of Breaking Bad included, at the beginning of season 5, "flash forwards" to the end, and then they had to figure out how to write to get to that point in way that worked as a good ending but was also consistent with that corner they wrote themselves into

Does anyone have a link for Gilligan et al saying this was a problem?

Flash forwards are usually done in a show with very clear intent about what leads to that. Like, why else choose that scene to show people? JMS has talked at length about how in the first episode of Babylon 5, one character says they had a prophetic vision that they will die mutually strangling another character in twenty years. Now of course, the context of that scene turns out to be rather different than we’d suspect, but the author was not just thinking “oh man I lured everyone in with this promise of future choking, now I have to find some way to make it work.” There’s no point to it without a payoff you want to do. I don’t know why a show as brilliant as Breaking Bad would have even wanted a FF without using it to show a particular path the authors knew they were going down.

Certainly sometimes you know beforehand how the end will happen, but then along the way your story changes, and now you have some awkward conflicts between what you originally intended, and the actual resolution of the promise. (Most trivially and awkwardly: a character in one vision from long ago was wearing their normal purple coat. But they have a ward robe change to accompany a darkening tone, and the day the prophecy is to be realized… their assistant has to awkwardly say “oh, your normal coat is at the cleaners, here wear this old one.”) That’s annoying to iron out, but it’s not like, a fucking mystery behind the entire climax that the author never pre-planned out.

Even GRRM, who has written at length about his plotting problems, knows exactly how the story ends. (And it’s been pretty clear how it ends since book 2.) Exigencies have occurred that add extra complications for his writing process, whereby he keeps lengthening the books and creating more plotting problems and solving them. This is bad writing and has weakened the entire series, even when he does it cleverly and with a great deal of effort.