Look, it happens to the best of us—no matter how great
a show is, if it’s one known for pushing the envelope, prodding the boundaries
of good taste, and needling at the censor’s nerves, there will always be some
moment which goes too far.
Maybe this will be enough to turn off audiences wholesale,
with viewers deciding they’ve had more than their fair share of misery and
downbeat twists. This was the case for both Game of Thrones and The Walking
Dead, which saw viewers leave by the droves after particularly brutal episodes.
Maybe it’s just par for the course, and viewers will
simply write it off as a bad week for the writer’s room, or a lesser effort in
a long running show’s oeuvre. In any case, there are always going to be moments
which are just a touch too much for audiences, but most of the time we can at
least see them coming.
After all, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead weren’t
exactly the cheeriest shows on the box before their respective most shocking
However, sometimes shows take it too far in new and
utterly unexpected ways, completely blindsiding even the most seasoned viewers
and critics and leaving everyone reeling in their wake. Those are the instances
we’re spotlighting today—the times that shows not only pushed things too far,
but did it in a way no one saw coming (for better or worse).