WARNING: Spoilers herein

WTF? It's a question we've all asked ourselves this year at one time or another, but here at HitFix we're of course worried about the important topics: namely, film and television. Boy, it's been a wild ride, hasn't it? From Glenn's seeming demise (and then miraculous "reincarnation") on "The Walking Dead" to the shockingly brutal death of that poor babysitter in "Jurassic World," here are 14 of the biggest "WTF" moments that played out on the big and small screens this year. 

  • "Bone Tomahawk's" gruesome split
    Photo Credit: RLJ Entertainment

    One thing we appreciated about S. Craig Zahler's bleak, underseen Western "Bone Tomahawk" is the matter-of-fact way it deals with violence. Zahler wants us to be horrified, not titillated, by the often-brutal displays of carnage on screen. This includes a truly gut-churning third-act moment that sees a character being scalped and then split in half -- alive -- by a group of cannibalistic Native Americans.
    - Chris Eggertsen

  • Kingpin does some head-smashing on 'Daredevil'
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    The first chance we have to spend some significant time with Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk, he’s on an awkward first date. Not a typical introduction to a villain. So what happens next is a shocker. It’s the first time we see Fisk get his hands dirty and it’s brutal. Anatoly, a Russian man in Fisk’s employ, interrupts him on his date. What at first appears to be a typical beating to teach the man to not embarrass Fisk in front of a woman turns into something much more gruesome and fatal. Fisk smashes a car door against Anatoly’s head — repeatedly, until the door closes and Anatoly’s headless body slumps to the ground. Yup, decapitation by car door slamming. Gooey, swishy sounds, bone-cracking and all.
    - Emily Rome


  • The dance scene in "Ex Machina"
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    Alex Garland's story of a Turing Test a la Willy Wonka is quietly bananas from the start, but there's one moment in the middle of the film where he throws caution to the wind and suddenly Oscar Isaac and Sonoya Mizuno erupt into a perfectly synchronized dance sequence that serves as one of the most surreal moments of machismo on display this year.
    - Drew McWeeny

  • The UFO appears (and then appears some more), "Fargo"
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    The Coen brothers had included a UFO in their 2001 film "The Man Who Wasn't There," so it didn't feel wholly out of place for Noah Hawley's Coen brother tribute band of a TV show to include one as well. Still, it was startling the first time those three lights appeared in the sky right after the murders that kicked this season's plot into motion, then odd when the show kept dropping in other UFO references, and even had the thing appear in broad daylight. By the time (spoilers for this week's episode) the UFO played a huge role in the infamous Sioux Falls Massacre, it might have seemed stranger if it wasn't involved. 
    - Alan Sepinwall

  • The kitchen scene in 'It Follows'
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    Of all the manifestations of the creature in David Robert Mitchell's excellent indie horror hit "It Follows," the bloody half-naked woman who confronts Jay in the kitchen is the most shocking and scary. It's a skin-crawling moment that stands out in a film full of skin-crawling moments.
    - Chris Eggertsen

  • Zara's death in 'Jurassic World'
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    If you don’t know who Zara was in “Jurassic World,” don’t feel bad. She was the comically under-established babysitter of Bryce Dallas Howard’s two nephews. In a franchise where people have died via acid spit, T-Rex bite, and Clever Girl traps, Zara’s death was both unearned and extensively gruesome. What had this poor engaged woman due to deserve a lingering death that involved pterodactyls, drowning, and eventually becoming a Mosasaurus snack? Nothing. Her death sequence went on way longer than was comfortable and was tonally off for the series. By the time the pterodactyl became lunch, I was definitely thinking “WTF?”
    - Donna Dickens

  • Kevin checks into a very nice hotel, "The Leftovers"
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    The trippy, incredible second season of the HBO drama reached its weirdest, most committed moment in this season's "International Assassin," where Kevin Garvey — who had, at the end of the previous episode, swallowed poison as part of a desperate/insane plan to get Patti Levin's "ghost" out of his head once and for all — wakes up inside a nice hotel room, discovers that he now has the titular profession, and is assigned to gun down a Patti who is somehow a presidential candidate. What could have been a wobbly jump over the shark was instead a thrilling leap to another level for the series.
    - Alan Sepinwall

  • Mother’s Milk in “Mad Max: Fury Road”
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    There’s a lot of “WTF” going on in the patriarchal hellscape that is the beginning of “Fury Road.” But perhaps nothing elicited a reaction of disgust than the women who had served their purpose as Immortan Joe’s brood mares and were hooked up to machines to be milked liked cows. In a world without water, breast milk is a delicacy worthy of trade. Fine. But the process of collecting it was definitely messed up.
    - Donna Dickens

  • 'Outlander' season finale
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    I’ve said many words already on the season finale for Starz’ show “Outlander” so I’ll be brief. An extended, graphic sexual assault will always be “WTF” but having Claire berate Jaime into mental wellness after his trauma was salt in the wound. Not to mention the show spent an entire episode unpacking Jamie’s experience yet Claire — who has been beaten, sexually assaulted, and held at knifepoint — was never afforded that luxury by the show.
    - Donna Dickens

  • Every single second of "Roar!"
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    This testament to lunacy, originally released (for a split second) in 1981, William Marshall's love letter to Tippi Hedren, his children, and about 150 giant wild jungle cats has to be seen to be believed. While it was ostensibly made as a family film, I can't think of anything I've seen in a theater this year that was more terrifying than the very real parade of near-death on display in this film. And I've seen it six times so far. Jaw-dropping.
    - Drew McWeeny


  • The "sample"-spilling scene in "Ted 2"
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    Mark Wahlberg told us he dreaded filming it, and once we saw it, we understood. "Ted 2" features John (Wahlberg) knocking over a tray of semen samples in a hospital and finding himself covered in those samples during a moment of comic hijinks. After Seth MacFarlane threw us one of the grossest scatological scenes in history with last year's "A Million Ways to Die in the West," we should've expected vileness of this caliber. 
    - Louis Virtel

  • The Chris Evert/Matthew Broderick/Marv Albert scene in "Trainwreck"
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    One thing is abundantly clear when you're watching "Trainwreck": The producers are banking on LeBron James' goofy, chummy acting to endear the hell out of you. It works most of the time, but during a climactic intervention that James stages for pal Aaron (Bill Hader), the movie loses its bearings. Suddenly we're in a talky scene featuring cameos from Chris Evert, Matthew Broderick, and Marv Albert -- and though we're supposed to find the randomness of the scene interesting, it's mostly just incomprehensible. Why is Marv Albert doing that weird Marv Albert impression? Why is Matthew Broderick a part of this? And why wasn't it all left on the cutting room floor?
    - Louis Virtel

  • Patton Oswalt's shocking crotch-grabbing lechery on "Veep"
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    The strangest moments of the otherwise fabulous last season of "Veep" involved blatant sexual harassment: Patton Oswalt, as new Chief of Staff Teddy Doyle, routinely fondled Jonah (Timothy Simons) right in the middle of the White House. The shock factor was meant to be provocative and not terribly funny, but it was so bizarre that it never felt like a particularly effective part of an episode. 
    - Louis Virtel

  • Glenn's death turns out to be something much less fatal, "The Walking Dead"
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    Sometimes, you go "WTF?" in a good way when a TV show or movie does something crazy. Other times, you go "WTF?" because you can't believe they'd do something so dumb. Take "The Walking Dead," which appeared to kill off Glenn by dropping him down into a throng of zombies, even showing what looked like his guts being ripped out of his body as he screamed in agony. Then the show left his fate up in the air for a month, by which point vague producer statements and the internet's tendency to crowdsource had made everyone realize the show had completely wimped out on actually killing him, and improbably allowed him to hide under the dumpster — a phrase that many annoyed fans suggested should replace shark-jumping — completely unharmed. A bad decision in every way possible.
    - Alan Sepinwall