Does This ‘The Woman in the House …’ Twist Work?

Published 02/07/2022, 6:00 PM EST

A recent Netflix project that has made viewers bring out their popcorn is The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window. As the title suggests, the limited series is one massive satire/parody. It plays on the trope of women questioning their sanity as they somehow end up solving massive crimes professionals haven’t been able to for decades. The show being a satire is the only justification we can get for the wild ending twist. But does the infamous season finale really work?

If you haven’t seen the series yet, this is a spoiler alert for the ending of the Netflix Original.

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How did The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window end?

Realizing how Buell has been “fixing the mailbox for years,” Anna sprints across the street. She is expecting Buell to be attacking the young Emma. But, what she sees blows her mind away.

It is, in fact, the nine-year-old who has stabbed Buell. Emma has been a serial killer whose first victim was her pregnant mother. The child did not want a sibling and resorted to the only logical thing she could’ve done at the moment- killing.

Over the years, she has been active as a murderer. Her subsequent victims were her teacher Lisa and father Neil. Emma also attacks Anna in order to frame the latter for all the murders. But, as we all know, Anna ends up stabbing the 9-year-old with the broken pieces of the casserole.

Does this twist work?

Many viewers of this Netflix thriller series have talked about they knew it was Emma that was going around murdering people by the third episode itself. What makes it obvious is the foreshadowing the creators of The Woman in the House have shown right from the beginning.

While “rain, rain go away” might be a reference to Anna’s Ombrophobia, fans knew in retrospect that it was a big foreshadowing moment that the killer was actually a child. Another major hint is the usage of “ur” in the warning on Anna’s car. The usage of “ur” instead of “you’re” is something incredibly exclusive to gen-z rather than a woman in her middle age.

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Add to these theories the fact that Anna suspected Neil to be the murderer. Yes, the murders were related to Neil but that also means, by extension, that they were related to Emma.

All of these indicate just how well Emma being the murderer works in the plot of The Woman in the House, as opposed to an awkward twist that simply doesn’t work.

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We think that the ending adds a lot to the essence and sheer absurdity of this satirical show. What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments! And don’t forget to stream The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window only on Netflix!

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Safia Khanam

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A writer at Netflix Junkie, Safia Khanam is a Business Administration student with a passion for writing. Having been an avid reader and cinephile all her life, she enjoys sharing analysis and insights. The Intern, Dead Poets Society, and Anne With An E are her top preferences.

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