Questions tagged [plot-explanation]

Seeking to understand a story plot better, or to clear up confusion about certain aspects or plot points.

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Why couldn't Bond have backup at the battle of Skyfall?

I think I am missing a key plot point here. Bond had to fake-kidnap M and bring her to Skyfall in order to lure Silva there for one last stand. Why did this have to be a secret from his colleagues ...
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K-PAX ending explanation

In K-PAX, there are two possible explanations: Prot is crazy. He is truly an alien. There are facts that indicate 1, but also 2. Examples: He seems to respond to hypnosis, has a sort of phobia of ...
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How did Murph know about Edmunds?

During the end of Interstellar Murph says to her father to go seek Brand as she is all alone on their "new planet". How could Murph know that Wolf Edmunds was dead?
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Why did Tyrion look displeased?

In "The Dragon and the Wolf" (Game of Thrones, S07E07), It is shown that Tyrion is outside and sees that this is going on. He appears to have a disapproving face. What is his reason for this ...
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Why does Lance consider cell phones unsafe?

In Pulp Fiction, drug dealer Lance is terrified when he understands that Vince is talking to him about drugs using a cell phone. He calls him a prank caller and hangs up. He seems to think that cell ...
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Why didn't Bane reveal to the public that Bruce Wayne is Batman?

In The Dark Knight Rises, Bane publicly reveals the cover-up of Dent's death and disclosed all the crimes were made by Harvey Dent. Further, he reveals the role of Commissioner Gordon to cover-up ...
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What was Varys trying to do at the beginning of S08E05?

In the beginning of Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 5, we see the following conversation take place: [DOOR OPENS] VARYS: And? Nothing? GIRL: She won't eat. VARYS: We'll try ...
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What is rosebud?

In the movie Citizen Kane, what is the significance of rosebud? Or is its insignificance a significance? Or has the director achieved what might sound similar to John Travolta's misdirection in the ...
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How did Arya manage to disguise herself?

In Game of Thrones S08E03, we see Arya killing How does she manage to sneak up on him given that he's surrounded by an army? Did she use the face of someone from the army?
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What does the missing symbol on Quaid's arm symbolize?

Near the end of Total Recall (2012), does the missing symbol on Quaid's arm symbolize that it is all a dream/fake memory? And, if so, why does he just accept it?
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Why was Bruce Wayne so harsh/rude when he asked for everyone to leave his party?

When Bruce realizes Ra's Al Ghul is back he realizes he needs to end the party and get rid of everyone. Instead of asking them to leave politely or even just saying that the parties over because he ...
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Why did Ripley burn the eggs after she rescued Newt?

After she pulled Newt out of the cacoon in Aliens, Ripley had a stand off with the queen Xenomorph. As two Xenomorphs close in, Ripley flares her flamethrower and the queen seems to order the other ...
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Why does Wolverine drink alcohol?

In The Wolverine, Wolverine seems to be completely lost after Jean's death. Sleeping on the hills, the bottles suggests that he is drinking. What I don't get is, why? Intoxication is a state of being ...
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Why didn't Mal use her totem (spinning top) before she actually died?

In Inception, it was told that the totem's concept was invented by Mal. Then why didn't Mal use her spinning top to find out if she is in a dream or not before jumping off the window? Is it the case ...
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Why didn't Loki use the Tesseract?

At the starting of Avengers Infinity War we see that Loki is in possession of the Tesseract. So why didn't he use it to transport everyone on that ship to the earth? If he wanted to keep that a ...
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What does the Night King really want?

Throughout all the episodes where the army of the dead and the White Walkers are shown in Game of Thrones, the only thing that we can understand is that the White Walkers and their army want to get ...
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How did Angier know not to appear in The Prestige?

In The Prestige, the secret to Angier's 'Real Transported Man' trick is that he is effectively cloned while teleporting, and the original Angier is drowned when disappearing under the stage. When ...
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Why did it take a rocket to lift off the Earth but just shuttles to lift off the other planets?

I remember gravity in both the planets in Interstellar being comparable to that of Earth's. 80% of Earth gravity in case of Mann's planet and 130% in case of Miller's planet. So, why did it take a ...
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What was the motivation behind the Engineers actions in Prometheus?

After watching Prometheus I don't have a clear idea of why the Engineers created the human beings. Because, if they created humans so that they can test their bio-weapons on us, then it makes sense, ...
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Who was the fifth one that was killed by Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight?

When Two Face AKA Harvey Dent dies after falling from the building at the end of The Dark Knight, Gordon and Batman have the following conversation: Gordon: The Joker took the best of us and tore ...
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Why did Qyburn use children for homicide?

In the Game of Thrones episode "The Winds of Winter", Qyburn uses aid of his "little birds" to assassinate The children swarm the victim repeatedly stabbing him with short blades. I didn't really get ...
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Meaning of the final room in 2001: A Space Odyssey

At the end of the movie (and the book) 2001: A Space Odyssey, David Bowman enters in a room decorated as a hotel. What is it supposed to be? A kind of zoo of humans for aliens (where they can see you, ...
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What do the dwarfs do with all of the diamonds that they mine?

In Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, I don't really understand what the dwarfs do with the precious jewels that they mine because they don't have separate houses or even a very big house. Considering ...
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Why Keep Forming Voltron?

Like the title says, isn't it better to form Voltron, and keep Voltron formed so Voltron is always ready? Why separate after Voltron is formed? Is there some specific tactical advantage to keeping the ...
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Language of the Moria password in The Fellowship of the Ring

At the gates of Moria there is a riddle on the door. "Speak Friend and Enter". Frodo then asks Gandalf "What is the elven word for 'Friend'?" who replies and the door opens. Given Moria is a ...
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Why does Homer handle a rod of uranium in the opening?

In The Simpsons opening Homer handles a rod of uranium, that he gets rid of while commuting to home afterward. However, as he works as a safety inspector, it doesn't seem to be part of his work ...
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Why does Tony Stark say this sentence about foul language?

In Avengers: Age of Ultron, Iron Man shoots at the fort and hits an energy shield, ending up saying Shit! and Captain America warns him with Language! A couple of minutes later, Iron Man ...
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Why does Django choose to dress like that?

In Django Unchained (2012) when Schultz takes Django to a clothes shop and asks him to choose his own clothes, at first Django is surprised, but after that he choses this typical dress for him. His ...
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Why do the machines keep humans alive if they have nuclear reactors?

The machines are keeping humans alive for their body heat, right? But they also have nuclear fusion reactors, and (while I haven't run the numbers) I'd be willing to bet that a single fusion reactor ...
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Is there any reason why mostly technology deprived planets are pictured in the Star Wars movies?

Just watched the Force Awakens, and I noticed that once again, mainly low-tech planets are shown in the movie, which is at odds with the technology described. Jakku seems to be a garbage dump, the ...
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How can Iron Man's suit withstand this?

Towards the end of Avengers: Endgame, we see Thor, Captain America and Iron Man fight Thanos, who has a particular bladed weapon. At the start of this fight, we see Iron Man form some sort of blade ...
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What happened to Groot at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy?

I always believed that baby Groot is the original Groot but reborn because plants can be cloned quite easily. The simplest way to clone a plant involves taking a cutting. A branch from the parent ...
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How did Thor and Banner know where to go?

In the middle of The Avengers, the team is split up after coming together on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. Bruce Banner/Hulk end up in an abandoned warehouse. Thor ends up in a field. Shortly ...
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Explanation of the ending of A Clockwork Orange

The ending of the film perplexed me a bit. The main hero says, quote, "I was cured alright". While that could be interpreted as honest and truthful, the final scene (the fantasized orgy) makes me ...
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Why this turn in Shae's character?

Ever since her introduction in Game of Thrones, we as viewers are made to believe that Shae was always in love with Tyrion. We are shown that she gets jealous when Tyrion was forced to marry Sansa, ...
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How did the T-Rex kill everyone on the boat?

In Jurassic Park: The Lost World, a T-Rex is captured from the island, sedated, and put on a boat for the mainland. During the trip to the mainland, the T-Rex got free and killed everyone. When the ...
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Why did Cap lose his temper in Avengers?

We all know Tony was the arrogant one among the Avengers from the very start. He was always about himself, considered himself above all, etc. Cap, on the other hand, is the ideal man, he carries his ...
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What does Billy Beane mean by “Yankees are paying half your salary”?

Here is the dialogue between Billy and David in Moneyball: Billy Beane: You think you're special? David Justice: Well, you are paying me 8 million dollars a year, so yeah. Billy Beane:...
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Why does Bill Cage wake up in the helicopter?

In Edge of Tomorrow William Cage is reliving the same day over and over again. The time loop always starts with Cage waking up at Heathrow, after his meeting with the General.       ...
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How does Jesse connect the dots in S05E11?

I'm struggling to understand the ending of Breaking Bad S05E11. At the end of the episode Jesse realizes that Huell stole the cigarettes and confronts Saul about it. At one point, Jesse flat out says:...
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What did David say to the engineer in Prometheus?

In Prometheus, when the android David is talking with the Engineer, first he stumbles a bit and stays crouched, then they are all asking him questions and David seems to translate it. Then they all ...
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Why didn't Sauron try to find the Ring first before preparing for the war on Middle Earth?

I never understood why Sauron was not looking for the Ring actively in the Lord of the Rings films. The Nazgul know that Frodo has the Ring and they should be knowing where Frodo is heading. Saruman ...
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How did Tony Stark know that Peter Parker is Spider-Man?

In Captain America: Civil War we see Peter Parker come home to see Tony Stark chatting with his Aunt. Later he tells Peter that he knows he's Spider-Man, and that he wants to recruit him. How does ...
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Why did the ring affect Frodo so much and not Bilbo?

Every time Frodo put on the ring the Eye of Sauron could see where he was and almost see into his soul as well. Frodo appeared to suffer hugely when he put the ring on. Bilbo was able to turn ...
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Why does Cersei need to repay the Iron Bank right now?

As I understand it, the current deal between Cersei and the Iron Bank in Game of Thrones season 7 goes like this: Cersei pays back the bank, and then the bank will support her. But I can only imagine ...
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Where are Frodo, Gandalf and the others going at the end and why?

First of all, I haven't read the book (shame on me). I remember one of the last scenes of Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King shows Frodo, Gandalf, Bilbo and some others leave by ship. Where ...
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Why would Vivian think that Edward couldn't afford $300 for her to stay the night?

In Pretty Woman, Vivian tells Edward that he couldn't afford for her to stay with him for the entire night: Vivian: So, I'm on an hourly rate. Could we just move it along? Edward: Somehow I'...
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How did Thor get into Wakanda?

In Infinity War, Thor arrives in Wakanda to help the Avengers defeat Thanos and his army. Thor, Groot and Rocket standing where the suface is burned much like after Bifrost travel. According to an ...
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Why was Max tied up to the grill of a car?

In Mad Max: Fury Road, as far as I understood, Max was considered a very valuable donor. Then why did savages tie him up to the grill of a car, where he was so vulnerable and could be easily killed?
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What is the meaning of the line at the end of Chinatown?

At the end of the amazing film Chinatown, Jake Gittes is told, 'Forget it Jake, it's Chinatown'. What are supposed to deduce from this? Is it that Jake is powerless to prevent or challenge what had ...