‘The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window’ Ending Explained

Published 01/31/2022, 7:30 AM EST

Netflix has done one hell of a job sanctioning a title like The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window. And, if you cannot read the title in one breath, it would have been underwhelming to not have a complex ending. Thus, viewers had to rack their brains to understand the ending of the Netflix movie.

The movie follows Anna (Kristen Bell), who witnessed the murder of her neighbor Lisa in the house across the street. However, no one believes Anna because she is an alcoholic and her condition has deteriorated after the death of her daughter. So, let us find out if there was a murder, or it was all in Anna’s head.

As we discuss the ending of The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window, many spoilers will come your way. So, if you have not completed the series, do not continue reading.


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Who killed the girl in the window in the house across the street?

A new family just moves in across Anna’s house, and Anna witnesses a murder in the same house. Lisa, the air-hostess girlfriend of Neil Colman, is stabbed to death. However, when the police show up there is no trace of blood or dead body. After discovering the dismembered body of Lisa, the police charge Rex with the murder.

But Rex had already revealed Lisa’s true identity to Anna. Turns out Lisa is a con woman who scammed wealthy divorced guys, and Rex was her partner-in-crime. Rex and Chastity (Lisa’s real name) worked at the same bar, and the latter convinced Rex to join her scamming scheme. However, the police release Rex and arrest Anna as they find the murder weapon: a palette knife.

Sloan, Anna’s best friend, bails her out, but Anna starts accepting her crime as she gets visions of her stabbing Lisa. But it all turns out to be a misunderstanding, as Anna only butchered Lisa’s painting. And the red blood dripping from the loft is just paint. Anna’s courageous trip to the loft also leads her to discover a guest living with her.


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The real killer and her previous victims

Buell, the handyman who fixes Anna’s mailbox, lives in her loft. Douglas, Lisa’s ex-husband and a therapist, who encouraged her to go to the loft, told her Buell was his first criminally insane patient. Cameron Britton, who played Ed Kemper in Mindhunter, plays the role of Buell and almost convinces us he is the killer. 

Anna sees Buell walking towards Neil’s house carrying a hammer and overcomes her fear of rain to stop him from killing. However, after arriving at Neil’s house she sees Buell stabbed to death and Neil dead on the sofa. Finally, the 9-year-old daughter of Neil, Emma, reveals herself as the killer. And Emma explains how she framed Anna by stealing her palette knife during a girl scout chocolate drop-off.


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Emma admits to murdering Lisa because she refused to buy chocolates. We also find out that Emma had earlier killed her mother, Meredith, because she was pregnant, and her teacher for unknown reasons. Thus, Anna’s theory of Neil being the killer shatters. While the police eventually arrest the psychopath, the tale does not end as a new mystery begins.


We tried our best to explain the ending of The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window. So, we hope you have no more doubts.


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What was your reaction to the shocking revelation? Do you want a season two? Let us know in the comments.

The Woman in the House Across the Street From the Girl in the Window is now streaming on Netflix.



Anuj Kapse

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Anuj Kapse is a writer at Netflix Junkie. This undergraduate, who has developed a liking for the creative arts and writing, decided to explore and build his passion in the entertainment vertical. He enjoys watching and recommending sitcoms /mockumentary to his friends, and some of his staples are American Vandal, Trial & Error, and Crashing.