What's it called when a character mentions something, and the scene immediately cuts to that thing?

For example, in Game of Thrones Season 4 Episode 4, when

Littlefinger mentions that his new friends killed Joffrey, a jump cut follows onto Olenna.

Another example is the Attack on Titan anime, in episode 2x12 around 13 minutes in, where

Ymir says, that there is still hope inside the walls and a cut captures Historia. (The viewer didn't know back then, that she's a special character)

This cut appears very often where a character in the scene mentions another character or an action, and the camera cuts to these characters or that action.

What is this cutting or storytelling technique called?

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    editing........ Nov 3, 2021 at 15:29
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    similar to tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AnswerCut
    – Kitkat
    Nov 3, 2021 at 17:42
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    @Anatoly the linked trope above is exactly why I am serious. While you could have specifically named cuts, what you are mentioning is how nearly every single cut is made in any good movie or TV show. In fact, it is bad editing that puts two scenes together which are not related. Nov 3, 2021 at 17:48
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    @JasonPSallinger I'm not sure if that is always true--sometimes the point of certian scenes being paired together is about misdirection and not always direction. Anatoly is being pretty specific about talking about a character and then cutting to them--I'm not saying it isn't common, but not every scene talks about one character and then immediately jumps to it. I saw no Jango Fett in S2 of the Mandalorian and he was brought up a couple of times by Boba. Is that bad editing, or actually giving Star Wars fans some benefit of the doubt that we already know who that is and what he looks like? :p Nov 4, 2021 at 16:42
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    But Answer Cut explicitly requires a Question to be asked? Or does it support a more broad definition where it's basically cut towards the mentioned topic?
    – Someone
    Nov 4, 2021 at 17:52

2 Answers 2


KitKat mentioned Answer Cut, which TVTropes describes as:

When a character asks a question, and the work cuts, pans, or otherwise shifts to an image of the implied answer. This comes in a couple of flavors:

  • A direct question followed by a cut to the answer. (e.g., A character asks "who could have done such a thing?" before the shot cuts to the culprit.)
  • A character makes a significant remark (e.g., "Some people just naturally make fools of themselves"), then the camera cuts to another character doing exactly that sort of thing.
  • Another character, completely uninvolved with the initial conversation, answers the question with a line identifying the answer ("What kind of loser takes a job at Burger Fool?" "Hey, did your brother tell you he got a new job?").

I have not seen Attack on Titan but I believe the Game of Thrones examples does list your prompt:

In "Oathkeeper", Littlefinger talks about his new allies and a friendship "growing strong", then we cut to Margaery and Olenna strolling the gardens.

  • The original mention of the Answer Cut goes to KitKat, thanks to them!
    – Someone
    Jan 4 at 19:21
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    Ah, I guess I had not uncollapsed the comments when I first saw this, will update my answer accordingly.
    – m1gp0z
    Jan 4 at 19:47

Initially, I would have said the cutaway since it is supposed to parallel the lines of action and guide the audience to a subtle conclusion (even foreshadowing which they call Chekov's Gun). In terms of writing its called lampshading, that I know for a fact - it is well used in fiction. There probably is a very specific term for it, but my textbook doesn't have a name other than a cutaway and a lengthy explanation at how transitions work. Editing consists mostly of match cuts, jump cuts, j and l cuts, montage, and cutting on action, because it all has to flow with the plot. Direct storytelling is another way to describe that. Hope that helped a bit.

Edit: Just noticed in the comments someone mentioned Answer Cut and now I look like a fool :) Added links to help explain some terms

  • Maybe lampshading is what I might look for if I understand it correctly. Is it something similar like the Answer Cut?
    – Someone
    Nov 4, 2021 at 14:55
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    @GalacticNebula interesting answer, but I think it would benefit if you could provide some credible links to either lampshading and/or cutaway. Nov 4, 2021 at 16:45

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