Writing a television show is a fluid, unpredictable process. The writers might carefully set up a storyline, only to realise it doesn’t work and they have to find something new to fill its place. An important character might suddenly disappear without being mentioned again, or a season may end on a cliffhanger that’s not addressed when the show returns.
There’s are plenty of famous examples of this, from the disappearance of Chuck Cunningham in Happy Days to Lost dropping Walt’s subplot like a hot brick. These mysteries are good fodder for fans to debate on forum boards, but a little bit of digging reveals some of these famous questions actually have an answer.
It might be the showrunner letting it slip during an interview years later, or the answer is given as part of spin-off media. Some of the answers are shocking, while other are a letdown after such a long build up. Here are ten famous “unsolved” TV mysteries that have totally been solved, and how the answer impacts the show.