People Share The Shocking Plot Twists In Movies, TV & Books That Completely Blew Their Minds

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Vote up the twists that took you completely by surprise.

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A good plot twist will not only spice up a story, but if done correctly, will shock the reader or watcher like a bucket of ice water to the face. Over on Reddit, people are sharing jaw-dropping moments in favorite books, movies, and television series that completely took them by surprise. Vote up the plot twists that stayed with you long after the story was finished. 

  • From Redditor u/rusty_razor:

    After watching that final scene I immediately wanted to watch it again to search for any clues or foreshadowing that I missed.

    From Redditor u/SethPatton1999:

    When I saw it orginally, I still thought they were [messing] with him until I watched it again and realized he really was the missing patient. It was such a good plot twist, I literally couldn't believe it at first

    From Redditor u/LeaveForNoRaisin:

    Did you get the whole thing at the the end where Leo’s last line indicates he’s completely sane now and willfully going to get lobotomized? I had seen that movie probably 3 times before a friend finally pointed it out to me and blew my mind.

  • Black Mirror - 'White Bear'
    Photo: Netflix
    21 VOTES

    Black Mirror - 'White Bear'

    From Redditor u/purple_blaze:

    I absolutely love the plot-twist in the White Bear episode of Black Mirror.

    The episode follows a woman who wakes up with amnesia and finds this picture of who she assumes is her daughter. Everywhere in the road, and the houses, people are just pointing their phones at her and filming her, like zombies, saying nothing.

    She gets chased down by a few people with shotguns and goes on this escape mission with a couple others, it gets really intense, she almost gets killed a couple times, then they get to the "transmitter" which is in fact the backdrop of a studio audience, and it turns out she filmed her boyfriend killing the little girl and as punishment, she has to live through that every day.

    She then gets driven through crowds of angry people back to the starting house, her memory wiped, and the whole thing starts again. People pay to take part in the audience, they get to run after her, filming her, and it's all just a commentary on the judicial / punishment system.

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    32 VOTES

    From Redditor u/Jcrispy13:

    The two major plot twists in The Prestige made me rethink every thing I had just watched. Such a great movie.

    From Redditor u/azura26:

    ...The teleportation device is just creating a clone at the other end and killing the original at the first end, and when you learn that Christian Bale's character has an identical twin brother.

    From Redditor u/FlashpointJ24:

    Once you know that "Alfred" is actually twins switching places, you re-watch the movie and see subtle differences between the two. One is more driven, determined, and reckless; the other is more cautious, timid, and reluctant. It's a testament to Christian Bale's acting talent.

    The best part is that the movie secretly reveals this twist right in the beginning. When Cutter shows the disappearing/reappearing bird trick to the young boy, he asks at the end of the trick, "But where's his brother?"

    But, you're not really looking for it. You want to be fooled...


  • Watchmen
    Photo: DC Comics
    8 VOTES

    From Redditor u/Spartan6281:

    I recently read Watchmen for the first time and when Ozymandias reveals that there was no way to stop him because he actually destroyed half of New York 35 minutes ago,my jaw dropped and I just had to take a small break to take in what I just read.