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You've probably heard, but people are currently raving about Netflix's new horror series The Haunting of Hill House.
Based on a classic horror film, it's been driving people mad with fear and spawning a load of fan theories. Here's yet another one.
So, for those who haven't seen it - frankly, what are you doing here? - the ten-part series tells the story of the Crain family across two stages of their life. One story is set in the titular haunted house, the other is them dealing with the consequences afterwards.
Now, according to one Tumblr user, we've all been missing one key detail about the cast. They all carry an extra piece of significance that we just haven't noticed yet.
The internet sleuth, who goes by the username cagedbirdsong posted 'the moment that you realise each of the Crain kids represent one of the stages of grief' accompanied by a picture of Joey from Friends looking shocked. You know the one.
Huge, if true.
That's all well and good, but it doesn't actually dive and deeper into that. How does it add up? Luckily, we've got the collective weight of knowledge of the rest of the internet to help us on our quest.
First of all, the five stages of grief are: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.
Now, which character to start with. Everyone is pretty convinced that Steve represents denial. He doesn't believe what happened to them as kids. That's easy enough. He won't accept that the spirits at play in Hill House had anything to do with his sister's death.
Shirley, of course, represents anger. Goddammit she's mad about what happened in Hill House in 1992, she's even angrier about the fact her brother wrote a book about it. Easy.
Bargaining - that's a trickier ask. Theo Crain, the glove wearing psychic sibling. Fans think that her search for a better outcome to their situation, coupled with her attempts to rationalise why Nell would go back to Hill House, represent bargaining.
It's a bit woolly, but it'll do.
Depression. Again, it's pretty easy. Luke, Nell's twin brother, is always sad. He struggles to deal with his sister's death and spirals into sadness.
Which leaves only one sibling and one stage of grief. Nell therefore represents acceptance. The acceptance manifests itself when she returns to Hill House and accepts the possibility that she might encounter her mother again.
Oh, and she's the youngest and last stage, whereas Steve is the oldest and first stage of grief.
Was it intentional? We might never know. Are we thinking too much into this? Possibly.
Should we just get on with enjoying the show for what it is? Almost definitely.
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