- Oct 25, 2017
Answering my own question: confirmed 100% Hollywood sensationalism, as all the historical experts initially asserted. Very irresponsible of this otherwise very well researched show to double down on that pernicious rumor.I just finished. Fantastic show.
Did you guys already talk about them doubling down on the "bridge of death" in the epilogue text scroll? When the show first aired I remember the tone in the r/AskHistorians thread was pretty unanimous that that whole scene and the implication that all those people died was some Hollywood sensationalism.
The actual text they used was quite ambiguous as well. "None survived." Like did they all die of cancer 40 years later or something? Was wondering if anyone had any idea where they might have gotten the notion for the "bridge of death."
HBO's limited series "Chernobyl" revived interest in the nuclear accident — along with claims about a "Bridge of Death" and the fate of its residents.