Biggest ‘Oh Crap’ Moments in Book or Movie

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Those ones which come out of nowhere, nail you between the eyes, and the work wouldn’t be the same without them. In no particular order:

“Luke, I am your father”
The death of Gandalf in Moria in LOTR
Michael Corleone’s handling of the other crime bosses in ‘The Godfather’
The Red Wedding in ‘Game of Thrones’
The death of Dumbledore in Harry Potter
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The Red Wedding was definitely one of those moments.

Leo getting shot in The Departed is up there.
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The end of Avengers End Game.
The end of The Mist.
Game Of Thrones had several of those moments.
The perfect ending to The Dark Knight Rises.
The whole thing of Mark Millar's Superman Red Son tradepaperback.
The Death Of Superman storyline in the comic books.
The Season 4 finale of Breaking Bad.
Pretty much the entire run of Garth Ennis' work in Preacher and The Punisher.
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Jigsaw gets up at the end of 'Saw'

The ending of 'Ladder 47'

Basically any Hemingway book.
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wab wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:09 pm The Red Wedding was definitely one of those moments.

Leo getting shot in The Departed is up there.
I knew the Red Wedding was coming as I had read but the books but was still a jolt as you and Grizzled put,when it actually happened on screen.
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Stormtrooper wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 4:27 pm
wab wrote: Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:09 pm The Red Wedding was definitely one of those moments.

Leo getting shot in The Departed is up there.
I knew the Red Wedding was coming as I had read but the books but was still a jolt as you and Grizzled put,when it actually happened on screen.
Read the LOTR, Godfather, and GOT long before the movies/TV show came out but very powerful in the books.
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I don't expect that anything will top the end of The Usual Suspects.

Richard Powers' books have started to eerily mirror my life in some ways. Probably best to leave it at that, but it's unsettling almost to Oh Crap levels to open a new book by the greatest living novelist and just know that a handful of important elements are going to be seriously close to the bone. For what it's worth, I've never met the guy.

There's a subset of Oh Crap: endings that move toward two possible, opposing resolutions and just leave you there, hovering between the prospects of redemption and disaster. Limbo, the John Sayles movie, does this devastatingly well, and All for Nothing by Walter Kempowski does it even better. I can't recommend either of those highly enough.
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karhu wrote: Fri Jun 24, 2022 3:12 pm I don't expect that anything will top the end of The Usual Suspects.
Definitely a great ending to one of my favorite movies.
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