Can Wednesday right wrongs, and someone not die in the process? Find out in the finale of “Wednesday.”

Aired (Netflix) 11/23/2022
Episode Title A Murder of Woes
Director(s) James Marshall
Writer(s) Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Recap

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A Major Setback, But Not A Total Loss – Tyler, Wednesday, Larissa, Sheriff Galpin

Tyler taunting Wednesday after confessing the truth
“Tyler taunting Wednesday after confessing the truth,” Wednesday, “A Murder of Woes,” directed by James Marshall, 2022, (Netflix)

Wednesday being wrong about Xavier only leads her to want to quickly confront Tyler, with the Nightshades backing her. But, as she tries to force him to transform through torture, she scares them off, and with fear she may kill Tyler, they snitch on her to Larissa, who immediately calls the Sheriff.

Now, because she got Xavier pinned for the killings, he lets go of his son being kidnapped and tortured, which seems immensely strange. But, as Wednesday gets admonished by Larissa for pressing the matter, she finds herself knowing the next move is expulsion. But before she can leave the police station and deal with what she knows will come, Tyler reveals everything in a confession, which only infuriates Wednesday. But, with Larissa, in fact, having Wednesday expelled, what can she do within 24 hours that couldn’t be done in days or weeks, if not months?

Pawns In A Bigger Game – Marilyn, Tyler, Enid, Ajax, Bianca, Wednesday, Goody, Thing, Larissa, Sheriff Galpin, Eugene, Joseph

Many times Larissa has said if Wednesday had only let her in, she would have helped. After all, Larissa wants to protect Nevermore Academy and everyone there, including Wednesday. Yet, Wednesday, so focused on one piece of the puzzle, she avoided the much larger mosaic, led them to be at an impasse. At least for a time.

For after Wednesday says her goodbyes to Eugene and Enid, she confronts Marilyn. Now, why Marilyn? Because Eugene reveals he saw what wasn’t black but red boots, and despite anyone being able to get red boots, being that it apparently was part of Marilyn’s signature style, Wednesday finally realizes Valeries wasn’t the Hyde’s master. So she works with Larissa in hopes of solving the mystery. Which she does, but while Larissa can transform into anyone, as she does Tyler to trick Marilyn into a confession, she doesn’t take on their powers. So with poison on her person, Larissa is stabbed in the neck and killed, and Wednesday is hit with a shovel that knocks her out.

This leads to the reveal Wednesday was needed to release Joseph Crackstone from the grave after Goody trapped him with blood magic. So, Wednesday’s blood is used to free Joseph on the night of a full red moon, and Wednesday is killed once he is revived. Thus, Joseph and Marilyn, Laurel, head to Nevermore to finish Garret’s task. But Wednesday doesn’t die as Goody heals her, at the cost of now no longer being able to appear to Wednesday ever again due to being absorbed into her person.

Now, it isn’t made clear when Goody enters Wednesday if that means new powers or anything, but she does get a second chance at life. Also, luckily, while the Nightshades betrayed her before, thanks to Eugene and Thing, they are warned, prepping and damn near ready to be the society that is far beyond a social club. Enid, who learns about the Nightshades, finally, wolfs out, and this saves Wednesday from Tyler potentially killing her just as she leaves Joseph’s crypt. Sadly, Enid doesn’t kill Tyler, but she harms him enough so that he is no longer a threat.

Zombie Joseph Crackstone ready for battle
“Zombie Joseph Crackstone ready for battle,” Wednesday, “A Murder of Woes,” directed by James Marshall, 2022, (Netflix)

As for Laurel and Joseph? Between Bianca and Wednesday, they handle him and lead to his demise. Then, when it comes to Laurel, Eugene shows up, reveals he has the power to control bees, and once Laurel is down, Wednesday kicks her in the head – which is the last scene we see with Laurel in it.

School’s Out For, Now – Bianca, Xavier, Thing, Enid, Wednesday, Tyler

In the aftermath of the Battle at Nevermore, school is let out for the semester since a teacher tried to kill the students and succeeded in killing the principal, and there seems to be too much chaos to finish the semester as planned. So, Bianca gives her goodbyes and apologizes for nearly getting Wednesday expelled. Enid invites Wednesday to San Francisco and doesn’t attempt a second hug, after getting a full embrace after the battle, and Xavier? Well, he gives Wednesday a phone with his number in it, seemingly thinking, after showing up, thanks to Thing, and trying to take out Joseph, maybe he won some brownie points.

Sadly, for him, his bravery doesn’t appear to lead to Wednesday being ready to trust or like another boy. However, she keeps the phone, and on her way back to New Jersey, she gets a text from someone threatening her life. Which is strange since she just got the phone, and besides Xavier, who else would have the number? But, to make matters worse, or interesting, depending on how you look at it, it seems Tyler has escaped custody, and with Laurel, who knows where, they may get another chance at destroying Nevermore and killing Wednesday Addams.

Things To Note

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Who will replace Larissa?
  2. What did they do with Laurel after Wednesday kicked her in the face?
  3. Will Bianca go off to work for her mom’s cult, as promised?
  4. How much did Xavier getting arrested and all that happened at Nevermore affect his father?
  5. Despite the Tyler thing, surely Wednesday doesn’t have feelings for Xavier now, right?
  6. Who is Wednesday’s stalker, and why? Never mind, Xavier just got her a phone so how did they get her number? Wouldn’t everything be in his name or his father’s?
  7. Who will be the new mayor?
  8. When will school reopen?
  9. Are any of the parents upset their kids’ lives were in danger?
  10. Who will claim Larissa’s body?
  11. Will Larissa being murdered affect Nevermore’s enrollment, or Normie and Outcast relations at all?
  12. Which semester were they in? Is it now summer or spring?
  13. How will the Sheriff handle his son murdering so many people?
  14. How did Tyler’s mom die? Was she killed when she turned into a Hyde?
  15. So is Goody’s spirit part of Wednesday now, and if so, what are the ramifications of that? Also, she noted she can only heal her once, so should we assume Wednesday is going to end up in a life-or-death situation again, where an alternative measure will be used?
  16. While Bianca and Xavier’s performance made sense in the fight against Joseph Crackstone, when did Enid learn to fight, considering that was her first time wolfing out, and she didn’t do any activities that would have taught her to fight? Or should we write this off as her having older brothers, who likely play-fought with her, and that is what led to her being able to take on Tyler in Hyde form?
  17. Was it lost on Joseph and Laurel that by using dark magic, both were now outcasts? The very thing they wanted to commit genocide against?

What Could Happen Next

  1. Someone new coming after Wednesday, and Nevermore, naturally

Review

Notable Performances or Moments

  1. Eugene, Bianca, Xavier, and Enid joining the fight and kicking ass
  2. Wednesday embracing Enid, after the battle was over

Highlights

Larissa Died

Larissa dying
“Larissa dying,” Wednesday, “A Murder of Woes,” directed by James Marshall, 2022, (Netflix)

While Larissa’s death was a lame moment, it doesn’t take away from the fact she died. On top of that, the ramifications will be notable since her way of trying to have peace with normies and Jericho surely won’t be repeated by whoever the selection committee is for a new principal. This sets up a new and notable principal coming about, who surely will be radical in ways Larissa didn’t want to be.

Low Points

Tyler and Laurel Confessing

I’m sorry, but it felt like lazy writing that Tyler confessed what he did in what damn near looked like a weird dream sequence, and then Laurel just dropping her act? I get this is the finale, and this storyline needed to end, but considering the long build-up, the people hurt and even killed, them just giving themselves up like that and underestimating Wednesday was eye-roll inducing.

On The Fence

Wednesday Having A Stalker

Wednesday reacting to a text that lets her know she is being watched, and someone wants to kill her
“Wednesday reacting to a text that lets her know she is being watched, and someone wants to kill her,” Wednesday, “A Murder of Woes,” directed by James Marshall, 2022, (Netflix)

Considering Laurel and Tyler weren’t killed in the battle, that was enough. Never mind Wednesday, barely bypassing getting expelled. So Wednesday having a stalker? It pushes the idea we’re going to have another lackluster storyline, assuming this gets a second season, that will remind you that while they know how to write Wednesday, as for the world she is in and interacts with, we’re likely to get inconsistent quality again.

While The Battle Was Epic, The Aftermath Was Mediocre

Joseph just turned to dust, Marilyn, aka Laurel, was kicked in the face, and no sign of what happened to her was offered, and Tyler escaped and wasn’t killed as it seemed Enid might have done for a moment. In a way, considering how the Laurel and Tyler confession went and the whole arc of figuring out who the monster was, maybe this should have been expected. But, at the very least, the battle was notable, and considering we got Enid and Wednesday hugging? I guess we should see that as a silver lining?

Wednesday pissed as Tyler confesses what he has done to her
Wednesday: Season 1/ Episode 8 [Finale] – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)
Overall
While the worst part of season 1 of Wednesday didn’t compensate for its mediocre, if not outright terrible development, at the very least, the final battle was good. Also, we got some cute, emotional moments, and while the tease for a second season was lackluster, we know there is an intention to continue the story both within the show and through multiple outlets, including the creators of the show.
Community Rating1 Vote
88
Highlights
Larissa Died
Disputable
Tyler and Laurel Confessing
Wednesday Having A Stalker
While The Battle Was Epic, The Aftermath Was Mediocre
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