Wednesday's premiere of Syfy’s “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” had Twitter in a frenzy. The franchise has become synonymous with social media chatter as fans poke fun at the cheesy dialogue and deaths and try to spot every celebrity cameo. Well, now "Sharknado" viewers on Twitter have more power than ever after the major cliffhanger at the end of "Sharknado 3."
In the final scene – moments after April (Tara Reid) emerged from the belly of a space shark with her newborn son (yes, she gave birth inside a shark…in space) – the chainsaw hand-sporting survivor looked up at the sky to see a piece of the space shuttle hurdling towards her on the beach. Syfy took “Sharknado 3” to credits with April’s fate left undecided. The network announced it would leave it to fans on Twitter to choose if the character would live or die, voting on the social media site with the hashtags #AprilLives and #AprilDies.
"Sharknado 3" director Anthony C. Ferrante explained to the Hollywood Reporter the rationale behind the open ended ending.
"Syfy has done a good job promoting and coming up with ways of sustaining the Twitter alliance, this is like a 'Who killed J.R.? ending [from 'Dallas']," said Ferrante. "It's perfectly in line with what we've been doing with Sharknado. In a way, Chris and I both get our endings. We still get the big family ending, you get satisfied with David Hasselhoff [Fin's dad] on the moon, you get some closure and then we pull the rug out from under you."
No matter what happens to April, “Sharknado 4” and Syfy will have a hard time raising the stakes after the latest film’s interstellar conclusion. However, the show must go on. "Sharknado 4" will air next summer.
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