Beware, large spoilers for season 1 of Netflix’s Wednesday are forward.
Netflix simply dropped all eight episodes of the primary season of Wednesday, a Tim Burton-directed collection primarily based on Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega) of the Addams household. The universe of the kooky and spooky Addams Household is wealthy and longstanding, however the brand new present has expanded it right into a world of “outcasts,” or folks with supernatural connections and powers. They stand in distinction to the “normies,” or common individuals who populate the city near Wednesday’s boarding college, Nevermore Academy.
This season covers Wednesday’s first yr at Nevermore and a collection of mysterious murders within the space. Within the remaining episode, her investigation has come to some harsh conclusions.
It begins with Wednesday confronting townie and alleged normie, Tyler Galphin (Hunter Doohan). The younger pigtailed goth has been experiencing visions all through the season that present her glimpses of an individual’s future and all their darkish secrets and techniques. When she and Tyler kissed within the earlier episode, she noticed that he was a “Hyde,” a sort of baddie that appears to be primarily based on the thought of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, a scientist who was each a person and a monster.
After discovering her love curiosity is probably going the native killer, Wednesday enlists her buddies in kidnapping and torturing him, however they balk on the thought. After Wednesday’s plans are ruined and she or he will get expelled from Nevermore, Tyler provides her a speech about his evil machinations. However he isn’t truly the mastermind behind the killings. The query stays: Who’s controlling Tyler?
Wednesday visits her bug-loving pal Eugene, who’s within the hospital after an assault. He reveals that he noticed somebody sporting crimson boots throughout his assault, which connects the dots for Wednesday: The wrongdoer is Marylin Thornhill (Christina Ricci). All by the season, Ms. Thornhill has been making some extent of buddying as much as Wednesday, however it was all a ruse. Her actual title is Laurel Gates, and she or he has been planning her revenge in opposition to the Addams household for years.
When Wednesday confronts Thornhill, she learns that the plant-loving instructor has been utilizing her natural concoctions to disclose Tyler’s Hyde self to him, after telling him about his personal mom’s destiny as a Hyde. Then Tyler seems once more, and Thornhill says he’ll “do something for her.”
Besides it is not Tyler.
All through the collection, Wednesday has butted heads with Principal Weens (Gwendoline Christie), who cares deeply about Nevermore’s fame and the protection of her outcast college students. She’s additionally a shapeshifter. The pretend Tyler transforms into Weems, however earlier than the principal can do extra, she is stabbed with nightshade poison and dies proper in entrance of Wednesday’s eyes. The teenager is then clapped within the head with a shovel.
Thornhill’s plan goes far past tormenting Wednesday. She desires to resurrect Joseph Crackstone, whose coffin was cursed by Wednesday’s magical ancestor Goody Addams. Crackstone was a zealot who hated and feared the outcasts and deliberate to kill all of them. Thornhill is completely for this, after all, and she or he makes use of Wednesday’s blood to open up his tomb and launch him into the world as soon as extra.
As Wednesday bleeds out, Thornhill brings her massive plan into fruition and a haggard Crackstone seems and begins wreaking havoc at Nevermore. Earlier than it is too late, the spirit of Goody Addams seems and heals her descendant, earlier than sending her off to place Crackstone again in his grave.
Wednesday is confronted as soon as once more by Tyler’s Hyde aspect within the woods, however her roommate Enid (Emma Myers) lastly manages to “wolf out,” and transforms right into a werewolf protector for her bestie. Wednesday will get away, and manages to stab Crackstone’s resurrected type within the coronary heart with a shard of a particular sword, killing him.
Thornhill additionally will get her comeuppance, and will get swarmed by Eugene’s bees. It isn’t completely clear if she dies, however Wednesday positive provides her a giant kick to the top, blacking her out from the scene. Wednesday then reunites with the remainder of her buddies, Bianca (Pleasure Sunday), Xavier (Percy Hynes White), and Enid—whom she lastly embraces after rejecting hugs all season.
The story finally ends up with Wednesday finishing her novel on her typewriter with the phrase “THE END?” and receiving a cellphone as a present from Xavier, who competed in opposition to Tyler for her affections. (She’s a little bit of a Luddite.)
As she drives away from Nevermore with Lurch and Factor, Wednesday receives a number of threatening textual content messages from an nameless quantity on her new cellphone. Wednesday could be very completely happy to have her first stalker, and followers may be, too—it implies there’s one other thriller for her to return to in a possible season 2.
Aimée Lutkin is the weekend editor at ELLE.com. Her writing has appeared in Jezebel, Glamour, Marie Claire and extra. Her first e-book, The Lonely Hunter, will probably be launched by Dial Press in February 2022.