It was the difference between “suspense” and “surprise”alfred hitchcock once said something akin to: if you have two men talking to each other in a restaurant, and a bomb suddenly goes off and kills them.. it's shocking but has no lasting impact
if you show that same scene but clue the audience in about the bomb, it becomes intense and a scene everyone remembers
"will they discover the bomb"?
"will they get out in time"?
"will someone do something about it"?
good writing is like bbq that's been slow cooking all day
people like rian write like a microwave dinner... sure it's quicker... but are you going to remember it?