Tim Burton’s Wednesday follows the titular character as she attends Nevermore, a school for outcasts with special abilities. Despite her initial reluctance, Wednesday quickly becomes embroiled in trying to solve a series of monster attacks in Jericho town. Determining the monster’s identity and the perpetrator behind the attacks becomes Wednesday’s primary focus. Attention, spoilers ahead!
Wednesday Searches for a Monster
As Wednesday Addams searches for the truth behind the Hyde attacks in Jericho, she explores various possibilities regarding the monster’s identity. Although Wednesday initially suspects Xavier Thorpe and Dr. Kinbott, the true Hyde and its master turn out to be Tyler Galpin and Ms. Thornhill, and there are many clues throughout the show that hint at the true identities of the monster and villain.
Wednesday initially thinks the Hyde’s master is her and Tyler’s therapist, Dr. Kinbott, but one of the major clues that it is actually Ms. Thornhill is the red boots she wears. When Wednesday first meets Ms. Thornhill, there is a shot that shows her red boots. The significance of the red boots is revealed when Eugene wakes from his coma after being attacked by the Hyde and tells Wednesday that the person he saw in the woods was wearing red boots.
Ms. Thornhill Is the Villain
After Wednesday meets with Dr. Kinbott, she runs into Tyler, who tells her that he also sees Dr. Kinbott. Throughout the show, Tyler is dealing with the trauma of his mother’s death, which is later revealed to have been caused by her being a Hyde. When Wednesday gets Faulkner’s diary from the Nightshades library with the help of Thing and Uncle Fester, she learns that a traumatic event can unlock a Hyde’s powers. Tyler’s trauma around his mother makes it clear that he has the potential to be a Hyde.
At the beginning of Wednesday, it is stated that Ms. Thornhill is the only Nevermore teacher who is a normie. Later, Ms. Thornhill shows that she knows more of the school’s secrets, such as the Nightshades snapping code, than she reveals, despite saying that she feels out of place because of her identity. This detail establishes both Ms. Thornhill’s outsider status as a normie and her insider knowledge of Nevermore, making her the ideal master of the Hyde.
Tyler Galpin Is the Monster
Tyler and the Hyde are never seen together in Wednesday. There always seems to be a reason why Tyler is separated from the group during a Hyde attack, but his disappearances are a significant clue that suggests he is the monster. The most significant clue about Tyler’s identity as the Hyde is the visions that Wednesday gets, or more specifically when she gets them. Wednesday’s first vision of the Hyde, in which she sees the monster attacking Rowan, occurs when Tyler grabs Wednesday to save her. Wednesday eventually realizes that Tyler, not Xavier, is the Hyde after their first kiss, in which she has a clear vision of the monster.
Jenna Ortega Was Nervous to Meet Christina Ricci on ‘Wednesday’
Who hasn’t heard of The Addams Family? This iconic show started captivating audiences in the 1960s. In the 1990s, we got to enjoy live-action movies and shows of this famous fictional family with Christina Ricci portraying young Wednesday Addams. In November 2022, fans of the Addams will get the chance to witness a new series by Netflix called Wednesday, starring Jenna Ortega.
Jenna Ortega Playing Wednesday
Jenna Ortega is a young actress best known for her roles in Season 2 of Netflix’s You, Stuck in the Middle by the Disney Channel, and her lead role in Scream which came out this year. On November 23rd, fans will get to witness her portrayal of the iconic character of Wednesday Addams in Netflix’s new series. Ortega stated how flawless Ricci’s performance as Wednesday was in the movies from 30 years ago. That’s why the young actress did her best to make her role on Wednesday her own, rather than trying to copy and mimic what was, in her words, already pitch-perfect.
Meeting Christina Ricci
Although many people get skeptical when a remake is in question, knowing that one of the main cast members is happy to join the project can speak volumes about what type of quality one might expect from the show. It’s said that Christina Ricci will be joining the new Wednesday show in which she’ll be playing an undisclosed part. Ortega shared that she was extremely nervous to meet Ricci and found it nerve-racking to film scenes with her, especially dressed up as a character that Ricci used to play.
What Can Fans Expect?
For many fans of The Addams Family movies, learning of Christina Ricci’s involvement in the new Wednesday project was enough to get them excited about the upcoming show. Judging by the trailer, it appears that Jenna Ortega certainly looks and sounds the part. Even Ricci gave Ortega’s performance a thumbs-up during a panel. We’ll have to tune into Netflix in November to see how entertaining the new comedy horror will be!