Most of us are on a "love to hate" basis with cliffhangers.
We love them because they're exciting and leave us with countless possibilities of what's to come for our favorite shows and characters.
Yet, we hate them because they usually leave us hanging for a few solid months.
If done right, a cliffhanger leaves you feeling breathless, confused, and screaming at the screen at the top of your lungs. .
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A thousand thoughts race through our minds: what happens next? Who died? Who killed who? Who is going to survive? What's the meaning of life?
Yes, waiting approximately four months to see the outcome of a cliffhanger is borderline unbearable (and it's even worse if a show has a midseason return date), but without cliffhangers there'd be nothing to look forward to and nothing to keep us invested.
As the 2019 spring TV season wraps up, we're looking back at some of the most twisted and shocking cliffhangers.
Which TV show cliffhangers would you add to the list?
Chicago Fire - "I'm Not Leaving You"
Early on, Hermann said, "we're going to take a beating" and by the end, everyone on the show was in danger as a blaze erupted at a mattress factory with all of Ladder 81 trapped inside. The final moment showed a pressure gauge on the boiler cracking, which isn't good for the team. The episode was amplified by the romantic twist between Brett and Casey. Despite obvious sparks, Brett accepted a surprise proposal from Kyle after Casey pushed her into Kyle's arms by commenting about how they made a good couple.
The Resident - "The Unbefriended"
The Resident pulled the classic "who will die" cliffhanger as it left one life hanging in the balance at Chastain. Will it be Nic's father, Kyle, who conquered his fears of surgery to donate a kidney and save his daughter's life? Or will it be Nic's sister, Jessie, a recovering drug addict hoping for a second chance at life?
Riverdale - "Survive the Night"
Riverdale wrapped up its Gargoyle King/ Black Hood storyline with a satisfying twist that tied all three seasons together. Everything seemed like it was going to end on a high note until an "I Know What You Did Last Summer" flashforward left Jughead's fate up in the air. Betty, Veronica and Archie, wearing swimsuits and covered in blood, presumably Jug's, while burning his iconic hat and vowing to "never speak" of what happened again. So much for that "friends forever" promise.
Good Girls - "King"
Rio always warned Beth that "it ain't easy being King," but she just didn't listen. When Rio gifted her with the option of killing Turner and getting rid of all of her problems, she turned the gun on Rio and shot him instead.
But is he dead? Beth seems to think so. And since Turner turned a blind eye to her previous indiscretions, Beth took the "W" and convinced the ladies that they could run the fake money operation without Rio. Wait till she hears him say the one word that's going to leave her shook up: "Elizabeth."
This Is Us - "Her"
This Is Us finally revealed the identity of the mysterious "her" in the flash-forward scenes and, per usual, it was a revelation that hit us right in the feels. The "her" everyone gathered to see is a very old and frail Rebecca. She's presumably on her death bed, possibly disoriented and Jack's brother, Nicky, is by her side. Where does the storyline go from here? In the scene, it's also revealed that Kevin is a father, but it's unclear who the mother is. As for Kate and Toby, well, some fans think they aren't married anymore.
Roswell, New Mexico - "Recovering the Satellites"
After Max tapped into his full powers and killed Noah, the fourth alien in Roswell, they found Rosa floating around in a pod. Knowing how much Rosa meant to Liz, Max attempted to revive her. Liz felt that something was wrong with Max through their handprint connection and ran to the cave only to find a disoriented Rosa wrapped up in a blanket walking towards her. She also finds Max dead inside the cave in a classic "life-for-a-life" twist. Is he really dead? Probably not, but there have to be some consequences for bringing back a dead girl.