Spoiler alert: The following article discusses the details of the “Wednesday” finale, titled “A Murder of Woes.”
Netflix’s “Wednesday,” a new series exploring the teenage life of titular Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega), is both a murder mystery and a tribute to the macabre comedy from which it draws its story. In crafting the show for Netflix, co-creators and co-showrunners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar wanted to immerse the taciturn, beloved Addams character in a boarding school dedicated to outcasts like her, keeping “the ethos and feel of the franchise as they pondered the implications of Wednesday’s entry into the social media era.
But is the “Wednesday” finale really the end, or will there be a “Wednesday” Season 2? We got the skinny from the show’s creators, but first a recap of where things ended.
At Nevermore Academy, where she is thrust after executing a delightfully vindictive plot involving piranhas and “normie” high school bullies, Wednesday must navigate new and treacherous ground; while adjusting to the supernatural social ladder of boarding school, the amateur sleuth embarks on a journey to uncover a reclusive monster preying on the townspeople, while juggling an unforeseen prophecy involving his ancestors, the mysterious circumstances surrounding her parents’ time at Nevermore and, well, just regular relationships with the people around her.
By the end of the dark comedy’s eight episodes, all the loose threads seem to be woven together – almost: resident tortured artist Xavier (Percy Hynes White) turns out to be innocent, Tyler (Hunter Doohan) coldly confessing his true identify. than the Hyde to Wednesday. The latest reveal reveals Christina Ricci’s Mrs. Thornhill as the missing Gates daughter, Laurel, who had been sneakily pulling Hyde’s strings all along in her quest to rid Jericho of the outcasts. This is where the prophecy comes in, as Laurel successfully resurrects Joseph Crackstone, a settler who colonized the city centuries ago and slaughtered the outcasts en masse. With the help of his ancestor Goody, Wednesday is able to regain his strength from a near fatal injury to save both the town and Nevermore.
It’s all misfortune ending misfortune, as Tyler is likely locked up thanks to Enid’s first wolf (Emma Myers), Thornhill is thwarted by a thousand bee stings courtesy of Eugene (Moosa Mostafa), and Xavier is cleared. of all charges. With the end of the school year and the death of Principal Weems (Gwendoline Christie, who said she felt her journey “couldn’t be finished”), Nevermore will seek to rebuild, heal and move forward over the course of of the following quarter. A final click-clack from Wednesday’s typewriter, where she spells out “The End?”, and a fitting parting gift from enthusiast Xavier — an iPhone — gives the character, and apparently the neo-Gothic world she busy, goodbye.
But then a final message from an unknown contact sends two eagle-eyed images of her on Wednesday — one with Tyler in Weathervane and another with Xavier showing her receiving the very phone she’s currently holding — with the message “I’m looking at you 👀.” The last message the audience sees is a GIF caricature of her, in pigtails and a signature uniform, who is comically murdered with a butcher’s knife to her head, replacing her eyes with crosses and spilling the bottom with blood.
What could all of this mean? The executive producers are ready to unravel a new plot, should the streamer give them the chance to make “Wednesday” Season 2 (a likely gamble given the show’s ratings and critical favor, revered IP, and Tim Burton of all this).
“It’s open,” Millar told TheWrap when asked if the door was open for a potential second season, “but if it’s eight, it’s eight. But hopefully we can keep going. the story for many seasons to come.
Gough echoed the same sentiments, saying, “Absolutely, yeah. There are definitely more stories to tell.
It’s worth noting that Netflix hasn’t officially ordered a second season of “Wednesday,” and likely won’t until more viewership data becomes available, but if the streamer decides they want more , the show’s creators can’t wait to keep telling more stories.
All eight episodes of “Wednesday” are currently streaming on Netflix.
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