Hanna – Episode 6

This post analyzes the Amazon Prime television series Hanna using the 5 Commandments of Storytelling and the Editor’s 6 Core Questions from the book The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne.


This post contains spoilers from the Amazon Prime television series Hanna, so make sure you watch the show before you read further.

The 5 Commandments for Episode 6

Inciting Incident

Marissa finds Sophie’s family

Progressive Complication/ Turning Point

Marissa uses Sophie’s phone to trick Hanna into meeting her, then threatens Sophie and her family if Hanna doesn’t come quietly.


Does Hanna run or show loyalty to Sophie and obey Marissa?


Hanna goes with Marissa


Marrisa calls Jerome to help with extraction, but before Jerome can secure Hanna, Eric finds them and is able to escape with Hanna in a helicopter.

Value Shift

This value shift for the episode as a thriller is a -/+. At the beginning, Hanna is recaptured and at the end she is rescued by Eric.

Conventions and Obligatory Scenes for the Action Genre

Obligatory Scenes

Hero’s All is Lost Moment, when he must change his approach in order to salvage some form of victory – I’m still hoping there will be a big all is lost moment near the end.

Hero at the Mercy of the Villain – Too early yet.

Hero’s Sacrifice is Rewarded – Too early yet


Hero, Villain, Victim clearly defined – Hero – Hanna; Villain – Marissa; Victim – Maybe Hanna too? (To be determined)

The hero’s object of desire – stop the villain and save the victims

The Power divide between the hero and villain is very large – Hanna is alone, with only her father’s training; Marissa has many resources and men and an agency behind her

Speech in praise of the villain – To early yet, though Erik has warned Hanna that Marissa is dangerous.


The story makes sense, though the fact that Eric knows how to fly a helicopter is kind of hard to believe. Hanna should still have doubts about trusting him, but I get that she trusts him over Marissa. So far, I’m liking the series, only 2 more episodes. I hope the writers don’t get lazy with the end.

The Story Grid

For more information about the Story Grid, go to the Story Grid Webpage where you will find free videos and articles on how to implement the methodology.

Read these articles for more information about the 5 Commandments of Storytelling and the Editor’s 6 Core Questions from the book The Story Grid by Shawn Coyne.

For an example of how these techniques are used, read Jane Austin’s The Pride and the Prejudice with annotations by Shawn Coyne.

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