So, this isn't something that I'm necessarily using right now, but it was a thought I had that I wanted to get ideas about in case I decide to use it at some point: Let's say you're watching a fantasy movie and the hero is with a companion on a journey. Then in a later scene, you see this companion talking with the enemy, so this adds conflict and drama, and creates some dramatic irony. Then later on, we find out that the character we saw with the enemy was in fact a twin of the companion. But how would you write the scene where we see the twin with the enemy? Say the companion's name is Bruce, would you just refer to the twin as Bruce, even though it isn't, since the point of that scene is to create this tension in the reader's mind? Or would doing so compromise the reliability of the narrator? My point is, when we have actual visuals presented to us, the author (or director or whatever) is able to use our intuition against us. But when we write, I feel like we don't have that opportunity (well, not in this particular instance at least). Or do we? What do you think.