If the potential for conflict is visible, then it will never be passed over.
Without drama and Conflict, There Is No Show. A show where everyone gets along and nothing unpleasant happens will bore everyone. This is the reason for the Rule of Drama. For adding drama, just push this button.
Does everything look conflict-free? Not so fast. Something new and unpleasant must be introduced out of the blue. This is why happy couples tend not to last (unless writers can find good conflict without breaking them up).
"When in doubt, have a man come through the door with a gun in his hand."
Essentially, when the writers run out of drama, they must invent ways to force drama into undramatic situations. When handled poorly, this leads to unusual, irrational, or highly improbable scenarios which only exist for the sake of prolonging the conflict.
Compare Acceptable Breaks From Reality (video games following what makes them fun instead of realistic).
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