Most spin-offs are pure trash, nothing more than a desperate attempt to latch onto the success of one show and get the advertising cash to keep rolling. As such, many spin-offs fail. But sometimes, whether they are good or bad (and a select few have been very good), a spin-off can reveal some very important information. Whether it be a TV show, straight-to-DVD movie, low budget video game, paperback novel, or comic book, the fates of many popular characters have only been revealed in spin-off projects.
Here are 12 fairly important characters that left viewers hanging, only for their story to be continued (or ended) in some other format — in some cases, one that very few people ever heard of.
The first Saw movie was a unique and twisted take on the horror genre when it was first released in 2004. The many sequels that have come since just aren’t as good. Adding a bit of star power to the original, though, was Danny Glover, who played obsessed David Tapp, a former police detective who had become obsessed with catching the Jigsaw Killer after his partner was murdered while pursuing him.
As Tapp slowly puts the pieces together, he chases Jigsaw’s unwilling accomplice Zep into the sewers near the end of the film, but ends up taking a bullet to the chest. Viewers assumed he was left for dead, but instead he reappeared in the Saw video game in 2009. Turns out that Jigsaw nursed Tapp back to health, sewed a key inside his chest, and trapped him in an abandoned insane asylum. The canon ending of the game has Tapp saving a bunch of people, but letting Jigsaw get away in the process. He eventually commits suicide out of guilt, a fate that was then confirmed in Saw V when his face was part of a police memorial.
There is another ending, though, which involves Tapp literally going crazy over Jigsaw’s violent mind games, and being institutionalized.