WARNING: If you haven’t watched WEDNESDAY on Netflix, this article contains MAJOR SPOILERS ahead. Read at your own risk!
If you have finished binging Tim Burton’s latest Netflix series, Wednesday, you would know that one of the show’s biggest twist is Christina Ricci’s character, Marilyn Thornhill, turned out to be the descendant of Joseph Crackstone and seeks to rid the world of outcasts. Wednesday showrunner Alfred Gough reveals how Marilyn Thornhill has always been the big bad of the show.
Speaking with Variety, Alfred Gough reveals how long they had been planning for Christina Ricci’s shocking villain role twist for the show. The co-showrunner expresses his worries behind the possibility of the twisted villain to be ‘too predictable’ to make the show work. Read his full quote below:
“[Marilyn] Thornhill was always the big bad. She was the brains behind the whole operation. We actually thought when we cast Christina, it was going to be such a frickin’ blinking red light over her. We were concerned that, ‘Oh my God, are people just gonna second guess this?’”
On the other hand, Gough highlights how the big-named actors on the show helped in casting away suspicions from Christina Ricci. By referencing Gwendoline Christie and Riki Lindhome, the co-showrunner casts possible questions the fans would speculate around the actors being the villain instead of Ricci.
“But I think what really helped is that we had great actors and actresses, frankly, in all the big roles. You have Gwendoline [Christie] and you have Riki [Lindhome]. You’ve watched it on television: ‘I wonder who the villain is? It’s probably the biggest name on the marquee!’ In this case, I feel like they were sort of evenly dispersed.”
It is great to see Christina Ricci sporting a different role on the Addams Family show. Otherwise, her role would have been marked simply for ‘nostalgia’ when in fact, her character contributes greatly to the show.
Quite contrary to her complexion and previous role as Wednesday Addams, the Thornhill twist put her in a daring spot of symbolically killing off the people’s image of her as being the ‘old’ Wednesday Addams in the series.
All episodes of Wednesday Season 1 are available to stream on Netflix.