Originally Posted by jonpiper
The audience knows but the character(s) don't know. The characters have an expectation that the restrauant is clear of bombs, but you think there should another type of expectation. Hmm.
I think there should be an active expectation, not a default assumption. Otherwise, everytime the audience knows more than the character, that would be a case of dramatic irony, even if there's nothing ironic in the situation. Do you see irony in the following: a contract killer puts a bomb in some guys car; the guy gets in the car in the morning to go to work, starts the engine, and it's blown to pieces.
I don't know, but we could end up like this:
-Yesterday I went to the doctor for a check-up.
-Yeah? How did it go?
-Turned out... I have cancer.
-Well, that's ironic.