10 TV Scenes You Didn't Realise Were Tricking You
Inventive CGI, performances that aren't what they seem, and more TV scenes that secretly fooled you.
Though it's fair to say that the world currently finds itself in one of its more sceptical phases for the most part, folks are still all too willing to throw themselves into the world of television as a way of escaping the often harsh and soul-crushing realities of day-to-day life.
And it's because of this readiness to accept the often unbelievable and investment into a story being told that those creating these binge-worthy slices of entertainment have been able to routinely trick their fans into assuming they were seeing one thing, when in reality they were actually being effectively tricked by their own TVs.
While it must be said that the advancement of technology, in particular CGI, has undoubtedly made the art of pulling the wool over the average consumer's eyes a tad easier in modern times, that isn't the only way the talented folks behind the camera have gotten around certain obstacles in a way that went largely unnoticed by the masses.
From undetectable prosthetics leaving jaws dangling off the floor, to unmistakable comebacks not actually going down in the way you first imagined, these are those TV scenes that duped and deceived without you even knowing.
10. The Dead Baby Is Actually CGI - The Witcher
Any series centred around a mythical being hunting down monsters for a living was always going to boast its fair share of computer-generated hijinks over the course of its runtime.
But perhaps the most impressive use of CGI seen in Netflix's sprawling fantasy series The Witcher to date comes in the form of the subtle use of digital effects when bringing a rather tragic moment into being in Season 1.
As Yennefer attempts to keep an innocent baby alive beside the sea, the mage is left devastated at the realisation she can do nothing to save the poor child's life. She then finds herself having to bury the infant by the coast.
Instead of forging a practical dead baby dummy for the heartbreaking sequence as you may have understandably assumed, though, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich would later reveal at Comic-Con 2019 that this moment was actually brought into being via computer-generated imagery, telling fans:
"This is the first time I've seen that clip without the VFX slug across it that read ‘Make baby dead.’ For months now, it said, ‘Make baby dead.'"
And in another rather bizarre sigh of relief, Hissrich would also add "It's just really nice to see it with a dead baby."
Each to their own.