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Call of Duty: Black Ops 2: How will THIS logic-defying plot point be explained?

One of the biggest surprises of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 reveal trailer was the appearance of Sergeant Frank Woods as an old man in the year 2025. It was a surprise because I was pretty sure I remembered him getting blown to bits at the end of the first Black Ops.

So I checked and - yeah - pretty much he gets blown to bits. Although the whole gory mess of Frank Woods getting blown to bits actually happens off-screen. Regardless, I still can't see how Woods could have possibly survived. See for yourself, this is that bit in Call of Duty: Black Ops when Frank Woods 'dies':

To me that's pretty conclusive. But let's go over it again.

The man that Woods goes crashing through the window with, Kravchenko, has five fragmentation explosive devices strapped to him:

Kravchenko pulls the safety pins of all five fragmentation explosive devices:

The two men dive through a window:

A second later it is strongly suggested via the medium of a large explosion that all five of the fragmentation explosive devices detonate successfully:

Hmmm.

When you consider that frag grenades most commonly used during the period in which the first Black Ops is set have a casualty radius of 15 metres and a fatality radius of 5 metres, Woods' chance of surviving not just one but FIVE grenades exploding simultaneously and at such close proximity would be zero. He would be completely dead.

Here's a pie-chart that shows the chances of Frank Woods surviving five grenades exploding simultaneously at close proximity:

Yet despite all of this conclusive evidence, Frank Woods isn't dead. For anyone that cared to look deep enough, this miraculous death-defying revelation was actually buried as intel in the first Black Ops:

Above: Notice how the message neglects to explain anything about how Woods survived being blown up in a big explosion. How very convenient

So apart from looking old, which is to be expected seeing as though it's like 50 years later and he is old, Woods doesn't look half bad given that he took the full explosive brunt of FIVE fragmentation grenades going off pretty much right in his face. Seriously. If he was any closer to those grenades they would have been inside him. Actually inside his body. Exploding him from the inside out. But I suppose he would have survived that as well.

Above: All things considered, he looks pretty good for a man that got exploded by FIVE grenades

I understand we are dealing with a work of fiction and should engage the suspension of disbelief principle and not rely on such abstract concepts as logic when jumping to conclusions. But I really hope Black Ops 2 reveals how Frank Woods survived something so blatantly unsurviveable. Because it'll have to be completely and utterly and totally implausibly ludicrous. And those are always the best explanations.

Can you explain how Frank Woods might have survived being exploded by five fragmentation explosive devices? Perhaps they rebuilt him piece by itty-bitty piece. Or perhaps the grenades didn't actually explode and the explosion was actually just part of a nearby pyrotechnics display. I don't know. Do you have a better explanation? Get it in the comments...

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65 comments

  • warystarman - February 10, 2013 9:48 a.m.

    Well, after woods goes into the explosion you see Reznov but Mason is delusional (if you remember) So reznov is probably woods!!
  • Daman90 - January 22, 2013 8:29 p.m.

    Flak jacket n00bs... both of them...
  • reggie-rhoden - January 13, 2013 8:32 p.m.

    Keep in mind that Mason was brainwashed the entire time. And after the explosion Reznov comes up to him. Perhaps he just thought Woods fell with Kravchenko, plus Kravchenko booted his head in like times, he might've been seeing things, I think when Reznov comes up to Mason, Reznov was actually Woods because he was brainwashed and Reznov didn't make it out of vorkuta.
  • Skillrage - November 16, 2012 10:29 p.m.

    Explain this. No only is woods alive, but ALSO kravchenko in black ops 2. THEORIES ON HOW THEY BOTH SURVIVED?!
  • gazdog9 - May 10, 2012 5:22 a.m.

    Woods was the first test subject in the CIA's ultra secret "Project Humpty Dumpty" where the world's greatest jigsaw puzzlers put him back together again using super glue and sticky back plastic . He was then revived with a shot of adrenaline to the heart . Simple
  • DEsMONd - May 8, 2012 12:27 p.m.

    Well there is a logical explanation for it though because if you go back to the 7/7 terrorist attacks on London, there was a woman who was sat directly next to the bomber and even though people around her were killed, she survived relatively unharmed. So there is a chance in real life that he could have survived that relatively unharmed even though it is very slim.
  • OohWiiUILookJustLikeBuddyHolly - May 7, 2012 5:50 a.m.

    He hid behind a wall for five seconds and regenerated his limbs back, duhh
  • CJB95 - May 5, 2012 7:45 p.m.

    Suspension of Disbelief, Kravchenko fell on the grendaes, absorbing a brunt of the blast. Or when they were falling, Woods pushed off of Kravchenko and landed on the otherside of a bunch of boxes, a stone wall, a rock or something. If I remember correctly, before going up there you can see a ramp to a stone walkway with a lowered drain like section next to it. Woods simply lands on the platform and Kravchenko in the ditch. Or a hallucination. Can't count that one out
  • sjanzen97 - May 5, 2012 3:20 p.m.

    pft 5 grenades thats nothing. Sgt Johnson from Halo survived the Pillar of Autumn's fusion engines detonating at almost 100,000,000 degrees
  • shashank-kumar - April 18, 2014 10:17 a.m.

    owned :D ;) this made my day
  • EdDeRs1 - May 4, 2012 3:50 p.m.

    seems simple to me, your caracter was halucinateing all throughout the game, so Franks "death" could have been another halucination, he just called him in dead before he went AWOL
  • Tokokono - May 4, 2012 11:38 a.m.

    Further proof that they're not even trying anymore. They just slap the name "Call of Duty" on a game now and it sells millions.
  • Rambo 11 - May 4, 2012 12:51 a.m.

    A bit off topic, but isn't the Hanoi Hilton the hotel at Dead Island.
  • shinkeidei - May 4, 2012 12:27 a.m.

    Aliens...
  • shinkeidei - May 4, 2012 12:26 a.m.

    aliens...
  • EnragedTortoise1 - May 3, 2012 10:19 p.m.

    "We can rebuild him. We have the technology."
  • fattoler - May 8, 2012 1:27 p.m.

    That would explain the Slo-mo...
  • bigmac515 - May 3, 2012 7:49 p.m.

    or what if this is Wood's twin brother... WHO ALSO HAD THE SAME NAME!!!
  • bigmac515 - May 3, 2012 7:46 p.m.

    Easy... Kravchenko didn't have Danger Close on and Woods had equiped his blast shield
  • Rub3z - May 3, 2012 6:51 p.m.

    I laughed so hard at the video showing Woods' apparent "death" over and over again. My explanation as to how he survived would be that, in some show of superhuman reflexes during his descent with Kravchenko, he was able to plant both his feet on the man's back and push off just before he asploded, and - ignoring any sort of wimpy kind of physical injuries such as "total body disruption" that could occur to someone in close proximity to an explosion - he, just like in the movies, rode the blast wave that propelled what was left of the suicidal Russian to safety... if you can call being flung by the force created by 5 grenades going off "safe." Yeah, whatever, it's a vidjagaem. I'd say we could just go with Unoriginal's explanation; summed up as thus... "He respawned." Let's go with that one.

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