Make No SensePosted: 20 December 2012
That doesn’t mean we should make nonsense. In narrative shows like ours, we make a contract with the audience early on. We invite them to care about the characters we create, and in return we promise to take them where they need to go, to give them emotionally satisfying resolutions to their journeys. We call this a ‘happy ending’, using the word ‘happy’ to mean ‘timely’ or ‘providential’. We want our stories to have an emotional integrity to them, but that’s not the same as trying to make sense.
Sense is something that is applied retroactively. It cannot be conjured up the moment.