Everyone who has watched even the first five minutes of Netflix’s new series “The Haunting of Hill House” knows it is dark and depressing.
But if you are one of those fans who likes to dig a little deeper — and maybe pour some salt in the wounds the Crain family’s story has created in you — then this theory is for you: each of the five adult children represent one of the stages of grief.
Tumblr user cagedbirdsong was one of the first to call out that amazing detail about Mike Flanagan’s TV adaptation of the Shirley Jackson novel, showing that Steve (Michiel Huisman) is denial, Shirley (Elizabeth Reaser) is anger, Theo (Kate Siegel) is bargaining, Luke (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) is depression and Nell (Victoria Pedretti) is acceptance.
And yes, that is also going in birth order there. We know, your mind equals blown right now.
But if you didn’t pick up on this oh-so-perfect aspect of the spooky series, never fear, because Pedretti didn’t either.
“I totally see it now,” Pedretti said in an interview with TV Guide. “I get what people are saying, the idea that we represent the various stages of grief but it was never a discussion when we were working.”
But, no, it is for sure there and for sure real. At least if Flanagan’s tweet here is to be taken seriously:
Good catch… https://t.co/TtZ3OgbYQt
— Mike Flanagan (@flanaganfilm) October 23, 2018
“The Haunting of Hill House” is streaming now on Netflix.