- The visuals that fill the screen.
- The world that the characters exist within and move between.
- A designated place defined by its visuals that represent the living and afterlife worlds.
- An imagined world created by art production designers from studio set materials or computer generated image technology.
- The exteriors and interiors shot-on-location that stand-in for other-worldly places.
- The multitude of characters that exist within the story
- The characters that interact within the spaces and with each other to push the narrative forward
- Their forms of return
- The spaces’ representatives and their corresponding responsibilities
- The main character’s completion of a mission or of unfinished business.
The supporting figures of other living or dead characters assist their transition in each successive phase. Each space’s representatives are identified as if they are part of a bureaucratic pyramid all referred to as "Space Agents": God and the Devil (for example) are the respective spaces’ Chairmen while angels and demons are their top executives. The Grim Reaper is an independent consultant. Low-Level Management refers to (1) Record-Keepers, (2) the Welcoming Committee, and (3) Gatekeepers. They may interact with the dead character but their main responsibilities are upholding their space’s policies. Guides or Mediators are essential to the afterlife story because they must uphold the space’s policies and are empathetic to their post, and thus must assist with their acclimation and mission. In some cases, guides are living characters familiar with the afterlife and must help a spirit move on to their final destination. The "Community of Souls" are the anonymous dead, or the scene’s extras. They represent the universal experience of death and the afterlife, or rather, the main dead character’s story is just one among all others who have died and exist in the afterlife.
- The process and the verdict, whether shown or alluded to, make the story complete.
- This is how the character is assigned to a "Final Destination" and is the story’s conclusion.
(UPDATE: After Jon Snow's resurrection in the sixth season of Game of Thrones, he outright said there was nothing. It gives "You know nothing Jon Snow" and entirely different meaning, in that he knows there is nothing!)