Netflix's Wednesday Season 1 Finale Ending And Cliffhangers Explained By Showrunners
Co-showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar dig into spoilers from the Wednesday Season 1 finale on Netflix.
What better way to kick off a long Thanksgiving weekend than the release of Addams Family spin-off Wednesday on Netflix? All eight episodes of the first season are available now to stream, and they follow the eldest Addams sibling as she gets shipped off to a boarding school for supernatural weirdos and finds herself embroiled in a murder mystery.
Warning: The following contains spoilers for Season 1 of Wednesday. If you haven't watched the show, head over to Netflix right now and fix that.
Thankfully, that murder mystery reaches its conclusion in the Season 1 finale, making sure fans aren't left hanging until a potential second season. Instead, Wednesday is able to reveal the killer (killers) in the finale, and the show manages to end with a pair of cliffhangers teasing what's to come, should the series continue. How did it all end, though? Let's break down the Season 1 finale, complete with insight from showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar.
Who was the killer?
It turns out the Hyde was lovable townie Tyler (Hunter Doohan) all along. Wednesday figured out it was Tyler that was transforming into the murderous monster. However, she was unable to convince others to stand by her side when she wanted to torture the truth out of him. Interestingly, though, it wasn't Dr. Kinbott (Riki Lindholme) that was pulling the strings and manipulating Tyler into becoming a killer. Instead, it was Nevermore dorm mother Marilyn Thornhill (Christina Ricci) that was using Tyler to send a message.
It turns out Thornhill is a devoted believer of Joseph Crackstone, the evil preacher that used to lead the town of Jericho. Thornhill's plan was to resurrect him to rid the world of supernatural "freaks"--especially Wednesday, the descendent of Goody Addams, the young woman who killed him. That's right, Thornhill--and her entire family--simply hates supernatural beings and she turns to the supernatural to end them.
Of course, it didn't play out that way because, well, that would be a terrible ending to Season 1. While Marilyn is able to briefly resurrect a very gross and long-dead Crackstone, a surprise hero runs in to save the day. Enid finally goes through a full werewolf transformation and beats the crap out of a monstrous Tyler, leading to his apprehension.
Then, in an awesome fight to the death, Wednesday emerges victorious over Crackstone, thanks to a little help from her schoolmates. She stakes Crackstone in the heart, ending his renewed reign of terror. As for Thornhill, she tries 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 killer(s) are defeated and the good guys win. Not a bad way to wrap things up.
The first cliffhanger
It doesn't end there, though. We see Tyler being taken away, unconscious in a van. He doesn't stay that way, though. He wakes up, transforms and escapes, leaving his status unknown. When asked about whether 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 some feelings for Wednesday and he is a Jekyll and Hyde," Gough said. "So I think that that is going to be the fun of that character going forward. And you know, how often he potentially would pop up in the second season is still to be determined. But we just liked having him out there and Hunter, who plays him, he's such a fantastic actor. He really hides the ball very well and then when you see that turn, you're like, 'Oh, crap. He was there the whole time.'"
The second cliffhanger
You can't have 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," the note from the stalker reads. Who is keeping an eye on Wednesday and what is their ultimate plan? Viewers will have to wait until Season 2, should the show get renewed, to find out. Gough and Millar already know who is behind the messages, though.
"I just think it's important that you have a roadmap for where we are going," Millar explained. "You don't want to be cocky or anticipate that you'll get a second season, but I think you have to know where you're going in terms of steering the ship, story-wise. There's always those beats you want to plot at the end of the season that hopefully entice an audience to come back. But you need to know what those mean and have a sense of what your story is going to be. So yeah, we're just going to wait and see what the audience thinks and hopefully get the go-ahead to go forward to Season 2."
With those two moments left unresolved, here's hoping for more Wednesday. Plus, let's be honest, we need to find out if the show finds a way to bring Nevermore principal Larissa Weems (Gwendoline Christie) back from the dead. We all need more of her.
Wednesday is streaming now on Netflix.
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