plot·​line | \ ˈplät-ˌlīn How to pronounce plotline (audio) \

Definition of plotline

: a connected series of occurrences that form the plot or part of the plot in a story or drama

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For the sake of streamlining the narrative, the show had to abandon several plotlines or just straight-up kill them. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "So How Will the 'Game of Thrones' Book Series End, Anyway?," 4 Apr. 2019 Some shows provide closure to key plotlines or resolve characters’ dilemmas in satisfying ways, but others can wind up leaving viewers unsettled. Taylor Umlauf And Dylan Moriarty, WSJ, "‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8: A Song of Ice and Fire and Disappointment," 18 May 2019 Season two, which premiered last summer, avoided mention of Trumpian politics, with the exception of a plotline about a tribalistic black high school vice principal who jokes about keeping Mexican students out by building a wall. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "How Insecure Gets Political While Ignoring Trump," 10 Aug. 2018 The sequel to The Addams Family features an incredible plotline in which Christina Ricci’s Wednesday Addams stages an insane reproduction of the story of Thanksgiving at her summer camp. Vogue, "13 Movies You Totally Forgot Were Set on Thanksgiving," 22 Nov. 2018 This is Downton running on all cylinders, with a ton of scintillating plotlines unfolding upstairs and down. Tom Fitzgerald And Lorenzo Marquez, Town & Country, "The 10 Best Downton Abbey Episodes," 12 Sep. 2018 Gone are the infidelity pregnancy entrapment plotlines, traded in for ones about catfishing and the horrors of Internet dating. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "In Dirty John, Connie Britton Brings a Cautionary Tale to Life—And According to Her, the Timing’s Never Been Better to Talk About Con Men," 23 Nov. 2018 Lili posted about the BuzzFeed quiz in question on her Instagram Story, screenshotting it next to a story about ridiculous plotlines that featured a pic of her as Betty Cooper on Riverdale, doing the striptease/karaoke in season two. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart Took a BuzzFeed Quiz to Find Out If She Should Be With Cole or Dylan Sprouse," 11 Dec. 2018 The stories in a lot of cartoons barely scratched the surface of innovation or imagination, and would often become redundant with save-the-day plotlines. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power honors and challenges the original She-Ra.," 21 Nov. 2018

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1952, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of plotline

: the things that happen in a book, movie, etc.

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