How many times have you been watching your favorite show, only for a character to make a decision so stupid you wanted to throw your remote at the TV screen?
Television characters are definitely more prone to making poor choices than actual people – that’s just the nature of driving narrative. In many instances, such idiotic decisions resulted in unfortunate outcomes, but it’s fair to say that it was not feasible for the characters to show foresight of them, and as such they can be forgiven.
There’s a special breed of TV idiot though who definitely knew of the possible consequences beforehand. Even without external stimuli – immediate threats or strange, specific motivation – they marched, fully-aware and blissfully ignorant towards their own doom.
Whether through their own knowledge of themselves or others, the context of the world that they live in, or just common sense they’d previously shown, these are people that had all the resources required to make the smartest decision, and instead did something else entirely. Much to the chagrin of their fans.
Obviously, beware of spoilers ahead…