What better way to kick off a long Thanksgiving weekend than when the Addams Family spin-off launches Wednesday on Netflix? All eight episodes of the first season are available to stream now, and follow Addams’ older sister as she is sent to a boarding school for supernatural weirdos and becomes embroiled in a murder mystery.
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Wednesday’s Season 1. If you haven’t seen the show, head over to Netflix right now and fix that.
Thankfully, that murder mystery comes to its conclusion in the season 1 finale, making sure fans aren’t left waiting until a possible second season. Instead, Wednesday gets to reveal the killer(s) in the finale, and the show manages to end with a couple of cliffhangers that tease what’s to come, should the series continue. However, how did it all end? Let’s break down the season 1 finale, complete with insights from showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar.
Who was the murderer?
Turns out, Hyde was lovable townspeople Tyler (Hunter Doohan) all along. Wednesday found out that it was Tyler who was transforming into the killer monster. However, she was unable to convince the others to stand by him when he wanted to torture the truth out of him. Interestingly, however, it wasn’t Dr. Kinbott (Riki Lindholme) who was pulling the strings and manipulating Tyler into becoming a murderer. Instead, it was Nevermore’s dorm mom, Marilyn Thornhill (Christina Ricci), who was using Tyler to send a message.
It turns out that Thornhill is a devout believer in Joseph Crackstone, the evil preacher who used to run the city of Jericho. Thornhill’s plan was to resurrect him in order to rid the world of supernatural “freaks”, especially Wednesday, the descendant of Goody Addams, the young woman who killed him. That’s right, Thornhill, and his entire family, simply hates supernatural beings and turns to the supernatural to kill them off.
Of course, it didn’t turn out that way because, well, it would make a terrible ending to Season 1. While Marilyn is able to briefly resurrect a very gross, long-dead Crackstone, a surprise hero shows up to save the day. . Enid eventually goes through a full werewolf transformation and punches a monstrous Tyler, leading to his apprehension.
Then, in an incredible fight to the death, Wednesday emerges victorious over Crackstone, thanks to a little help from her schoolmates. She stakes Crackstone on the heart, ending his renewed reign of terror. As for Thornhill, she attempts to kill Wednesday once more, before Nevermore student Eugene (Moosa Mostafa) sends an army of bees after her, allowing Wednesday to knock her out.
So in the end, the killers are defeated and the good guys win. Not a bad way to end things.
the first suspense
However, it does not end there. We see Tyler being taken away unconscious in a van. However, he does not stay like that. He wakes up, transforms and escapes, leaving his state unknown. When asked if we should expect to see Hunter again in season 2, the showrunners were coy but optimistic.
“I think that character is potentially very interesting because he clearly has a thing for Wednesday and he’s a Jekyll and Hyde,” Gough said. “So I think that’s going to be the fun of that character going forward. And it’s yet to be determined how often he’ll potentially show up in season two. But we liked having him out there and Hunter, who plays him, is a fantastic actor. It really hides the ball really well and then when you see that spin, you’re like, ‘Oh shit. It was there the whole time.'”
the second suspense
You can’t keep just one, and that’s why one of the final moments we see is Wednesday receiving photos from someone who has been tracking her. “I’m watching you,” says the stalker’s note. Who watches Wednesday and what is his final plan? Viewers will have to wait until Season 2, should the show ever get renewed, to find out. However, Gough and Millar already know who is behind the messages.
“I just think it’s important that you have a roadmap for where we’re going,” Millar explained. “You don’t want to be cocky or anticipate that you’ll have a second season, but I think you have to know where you’re going in terms of steering the ship, story-wise. There are always those beats that you want to plot at the end of the season that, hopefully it will entice the audience to come back. But you have to know what they mean and have an idea of what your story will be. So yeah, we’re just going to wait and see what the audience thinks and hopefully get the go-ahead to move forward to season 2”.
With those two moments unresolved, we expect more on Wednesday. Also, let’s be honest, we need to find out if the show finds a way to resurrect Nevermore director Larissa Weems (Gwendoline Christie). We all need more of her.
Wednesday is streaming now on Netflix.
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