23. The Cast Weren't Told In Advance If They Would Be Killed Off
One of the show's biggest strengths has always been its overwhelming unpredictability: anyone could be a mole or, more crucially, anyone could be killed off in any given episode. To further imbue that "anything can happen" tone, the show's creators decided not to tell the cast members what was going to happen in each episode ahead of time, so nobody was sure whether they'd be surviving an episode until they were handed the scripts before shooting. Several cast members have noted over the years that they would immediately flip to the last page of the script to check that their character was still alive. A big benefit here was that actors couldn't, consciously or unconsciously, alter their performance because they knew they were dying in a few more episodes, and it also encourages the actors to give 100% in every episode, because the next one could very well be their last.
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