So you spent last Wednesday watching Netflix Wednesday, a show about Wednesday Addams, the teenage daughter of the Addams Family.
Wednesday (the show, not the girl) takes Wednesday (the girl, not the show) to a funky goth boarding school for “outcasts” where she gets mixed up in a lot of plot. From an ancient murder his parents were involved in to bizarre deaths in the small town of Jericho, Vermont, and from a love triangle and high school cliques to tensions between ‘outcasts’ and ‘normies’ , Wednesday (the show, not the girl) packs a lot into the eight-episode first season.
It makes sense that there are a handful of unanswered questions, details for a potential second season to pull off.
[Ed. note: This post contains major spoilers for Netflix’s Wednesday.]
Why don’t Morticia and Wednesday not get along?
From the moment Wednesday starts, we learn that Wednesday (Jenna Ortega) and her mother Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones) are not get along. It seems to be attributed to a simple teenage rebellion. Wednesday doesn’t want to be like his mother! But there’s also a bit of internalized misogyny in there – Wednesday doesn’t want to be like his mother, because his mother is a mother and a housewife who is very much in love with her husband. For example, if you consider goth queen Morticia Addams the epitome of traditional femininity, I have a lot of questions for you.
Halfway through the season, Morticia and Wednesday reached a fragile and tentative deal. But their fractured relationship is one of the many plot points this first season deals with, particularly because it also ties into the murder mystery that Morticia and Gomez were involved in when they were teenagers.
What is this sect to which Bianca’s mother belongs?
One of the coolest characters from both an aesthetic standpoint and a world-building angle is Bianca, a mermaid played by Joy Sunday. She’s the queen bee and the school’s fencing champion, and she has really cool white-blue glowing eyes. Plus, we find out that mermaids can make people do their bidding, although that’s not really explored (because the show explores a lot of things). What we do know about Bianca’s mermaid powers is that her ex-boyfriend Xavier (Percy Hynes White) thinks she used them on him.
We also learn that Bianca has run away from home, as her mother is married to a cult leader who wants to use her mermaid powers to indoctrinate more members. The cult is disguised as a self-help app, but in reality, it’s designed to scam people out of their money. Bianca manages to convince her mother to let her finish the school year first. It’s only really featured in one episode, but it’s such a meaty plot point that we’re sure to see it appear in a hypothetical Season 2. You can’t just mention a cult disguised as a self-help app. , then sweep it under the rug!
Who is Xavier’s father?
Bianca’s ex-boyfriend and one of the highlights of Wednesday’s love triangle is tortured artist Xavier Thorpe, whose power lies in bringing his drawings to life. His father is a famous stage magician and psychic and he seems to have a plot by Daddy Issues™. He doesn’t like people comparing him to his dad, but he also constantly talks about his dad. Considering dad Thorpe’s fame, it’s likely he’ll make an actual appearance down the line.
Will Tyler return?
Speaking of love triangles, the other love interest, namely softboy barista Tyler (Hunter Doohan) – objectively the best love interest – turned out to actually be a murderous creature known as Hyde! As Hyde, Tyler was responsible for all the mysterious deaths around town! Now, technically, it was controlled and operated by Marilyn Thornhill (Christina Ricci), a descendant of the fanatical pilgrim who founded the city of Jericho and wanted to kill all the outcasts. So… is there any good in Tyler, or has he been totally brainwashed?
The last time we saw him he was being taken to psychiatric care. So he is not dead. But were her feelings for Wednesday all a lie from the start? Because they were really cute! And also, will we learn more about his mysterious mother? There are a lot of details about Tyler, and it would be a shame to leave him out.
Who’s stalking Wednesday?
In one of the last scenes of Season 1, Wednesday opens a mysterious envelope filled with candid photos of herself. It’s left by someone who’s still there, who might still take her picture on the last day of school (they all had to go home because of the #tragedy that happened), and who has a strange vendetta against her. Is this someone we’ve met before on the show or is this a new character? We’ll have to wait to find out.
What is Gomez’s outcast ability?
So all of the students at Nevermore Academy are outcasts, which we know because Marilyn Thornhill being the first normie in the school’s hallowed halls was a big deal. And most outcasts fall into familiar fantasy beings, like werewolves and vampires. Except when they have more idiosyncratic powers, like Wednesday and Morticia’s psychic abilities or Xavier’s artistic trick.
As a former student of Nevermore, Gomez (Luis Guzmán) must have had some kind of power. But you never know what it is! Probably something to explore on line. The Addams Family themselves haven’t really appeared on the show, so there’s a lot to dig into later.
What was Edgar Allan Poe’s pariah ability?
One of Nevermore’s most acclaimed alumni was author Edgar Allan Poe. And because all of Nevermore’s students and alumni are outcasts, that means Poe definitely had powers. I want to know more.
What even makes an outcast?
Big question! Although the whole season is centered around the normie-outcast tension, we never really find out. Are they just magical beings? But what about Wednesday, who didn’t tell anyone she had powers when she signed up? Should we dress in black and enjoy the macabre? So what about spunky werewolf Enid (Emma Myers), who loves all things pink and sparkly? What is the criterion?
It’s one thing to leave it deliberately vague for scholastic diversions, but when the whole heart of the plot hinges on what makes a normie and what makes an outcast, it would make more sense to have those definitions clear.
What does the rest of the world think of werewolves and vampires and all that?
Is it just the city of Jericho that hates outcasts? Xavier’s father is a well-known magician, so surely some people like outcasts. We will see how far this prejudice extends.
Where does the Addams family live?
I ask this question mainly because in the Broadway musical they canonically live right in the middle of Central Park and I just think it would be really funny if they kept that.
Wednesday is now available on Netflix.