Literature Meme: (1/4) Tropes
The narrative ends unresolved in order to draw the audience back to a future episode for the resolution.
It is a plot device in fiction which features a main character in a precarious or difficult dilemma, or confronted with a shocking revelation at the end of an episode of serialized fiction. A cliffhanger is hoped to ensure the audience will return to see how the characters resolve the dilemma. (x)