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The Most Twisted Moments In Netflix's Wednesday, Ranked

They're creepy, and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, but in Netflix's "Wednesday," the Addams family focus turns to their oldest child and only daughter, Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega). In most iterations of "The Addams Family," the audience receives a more campy, family-friendly take -– see "Addams Family Values" and the animated "The Addams Family." However, "Wednesday” takes on a darker, more mysterious tone. The show invites audiences to witness the horrors of Nevermore Academy and watch Wednesday's detective skills as she pieces together the case of the gruesome monster, the reason behind the monster's mass killings, and a vague prophecy that somehow involves her.

As a result of the show's darker tone, there's more room to explore the dark interests and desires of the Addams family members. Additionally, the actors have more room to dig into their characters and find the line between the funny moments, the serious content, and the scary events. Ortega's performance as Wednesday is one for the ages, and she's met with equally incredible supporting characters that make the show memorable — twisted, but memorable.

For those who have seen Season 1 and are reeling over some of the more deranged moments or jaw-dropping plot twists, read on to find the most twisted moments in Netflix's "Wednesday" ranked from least to most disturbing.

12. Enid's potential conversion

One of the most pivotal episodes is "You Reap What You Woe." However, one of the most twisted moments from that episode doesn't come from a member of the Addams family. Instead, it's Enid's mother who comes up with a twisted plan for her daughter. 

Enid (Emma Myers) and her family are all werewolves, but Enid has only managed to get her claws to develop. As a result, she can't "wolf out" like her family or the other wolf friends at school. As a result, her mother gives Enid brochures for lycanthropy conversion camps to forcibly bring out her wolf side. Her cousin was sent to one of the camps, so she's familiar with them already. Her mother says, "Don't you want to wolf out and finally be normal, honey?" Enid is visibly upset and leaves without a word.

By the end of the episode, Enid tells her mother that she'll wolf out when the time is right and won't force it. Not only is it twisted that her mother would try to force her into this and make her feel left out for something she can't control, but the scene is a clear reference to queer people being forced to attend conversion camps to become more "normal" by the predetermined societal standard. It's more lighthearted with less harsh implications than real conversion camps have, but it is still shameful for a mother to put that pressure on her child.

11. Weems pretending to be Rowan

The first event to set up the rest of the show in "Wednesday" is when Rowan tries to kill Wednesday at the county fair. She's saved, of course, but only because the Hyde swoops in and kills him, effectively saving Wednesday's life. Rowan's death is gruesome and unforgettable, but that's not the most twisted part. A more disturbing moment comes from how Principal Weems (Gwendoline Christie) handles the situation.

After Rowan dies and Wednesday is the only one to witness it, Wednesday is surprised to see Rowan back at school packing up his belongings and leaving Nevermore. As Wednesday finds out much later in the season, Principal Weems is a shapeshifter and transforms herself into Rowan to save face for the school. She doesn't want the sheriff to know that a Hyde was responsible for Rowan's death, or else he would shut Nevermore down for good.

Though the move is necessary and smart, as it helps protect the school, it's twisted that she tries to gaslight Wednesday and cover up the death of a student just to save face.

10. Enid's transformation

From the beginning of the season, it's clear that Enid and Wednesday are eventually going to become friends. As stoic and tough as Wednesday acts, Enid balances her out perfectly and is the best confidant Wednesday could ask for. However, this makes it perfect that Enid is the one to save the day when Wednesday is about to die at the hands of Tyler (Hunter Doohan) in his Hyde form.

Throughout the season, Enid complains and frets about not being able to "wolf out" with her friends and family. In the last episode, "A Murder of Woes," she finally manages to wolf out and ends up taking on Tyler to let Wednesday escape to safety. Though the timing is flawless and Enid's help in the situation is literally life-saving, her actual transformation into a wolf is still disturbing. 

The way the change happens slowly, with certain parts of her body changing before others, and in such a realistic way, with her bones cracking and body stretching, is definitely twisted. The CGI for her transformation is also wildly realistic, adding to the frightening feeling while watching this side hero complete her transformation and story arc.

9. Xavier's arrest

Another heartbreaking moment comes from Xavier's arrest. Wednesday is sure that Xavier (Percy Hynes White) is the Hyde because he's always following her and because he paints his obsessive visions of the monster. As a result, Tyler, the real Hyde, leans into the idea and plants evidence to incriminate Xavier so Wednesday's suspicions will become firm accusations, eventually giving the police enough grounds to arrest him.

The whole arrest is super twisted. The only reason Xavier follows Wednesday and shows up where the Hyde goes is that he cares about Wednesday and doesn't want her to get hurt. Tyler specifically exploits this, knowing that Wednesday is leaning toward him in their love triangle, which means that he can get away with his schemes by framing Xavier. 

Beyond that, when Wednesday realizes Xavier was set up and goes to see him in prison, the way the police have him chained up is inhumane. Sure, for a Hyde it might be necessary — but for Xavier, who is just a regular kid, the straight jacket with chains that he can barely move around in or sleep comfortably in is really upsetting. At least Wednesday is able to set things right and get him freed, or else it would be even worse.

8. Mayor Walker's death

The audience doesn't realize until the end of the show that Mayor Walker (Tommie Earl Jenkins), Sheriff Galpin (Jamie McShane), Principal Weems, and Wednesday are all on the same page about wanting to find the identity of the monster. It turns out that everyone is just going about investigating the situation in their own way. Mayor Walker finds out that Laurel Gates (Christina Ricci) is back in Jericho and starts to put the pieces together that she's behind the tragedies. After Wednesday overhears Mayor Walker call Sheriff Galpin and tell him to meet him at The Weathervane to discuss his theories, she follows him there.

The second Mayor Walker gets out of the car to meet Sheriff Galpin, he is immediately struck by a speeding vehicle. He's left lying in the street for Sheriff Galpin to try and save, but the blow from the car is so aggressive that he's immediately killed. The audience finds out that Laurel is behind his murder and that she kills him because he has figured out that she is behind the madness. 

To see how casually Laurel is able to kill him even though he's a normie like her is disturbing, to say the least. Even on its own, the death is seriously shocking and very intense to watch — but it's also heartbreaking to see Sheriff Galpini watch his friend die.

7. The truth of Garrett's death

In "You Reap What You Woe," the audience gets closure on a huge plot point — Gomez' murder accusations. Gomez (Luis Guzman) was accused of murdering Garrett Gates back when he was a student at Nevermore and explains to Wednesday that he did it to save Morticia (Catherine Zeta-Jones). Garrett was aggressively stalking Morticia and wanted to be with her when Morticia only had eyes for Gomez. One night, Garrett stormed into Nevermore and began fighting with Gomez over Morticia. Gomez didn't mean to, but he killed Garrett in an act of self-defense.

However, the real truth of the death later comes out. Wednesday's parents tell her that it was actually Morticia who killed Garrett to save Gomez during the deadly fight. Gomez, not wanting Morticia to go to prison, takes the fall for her. 

The sweet part of this is how Gomez loves Morticia so much that he's willing to be sent to prison to keep her safe. The twisted part of this is the fact that the only reason Garrett had to die in the first place was that he was so violently stalking Morticia, and when Gomez and Morticia told the authorities, no one would help them. This is very telling of how the outcasts are treated versus the normies in the world of "Wednesday."

6. Piranhas in the pool

The audience's first introduction to Wednesday Addams is not on her way to Nevermore but rather at her old school, which she attends with her brother Pugsley (Isaac Ordonez). Wednesday finds her brother shoved into a locker by some school bullies and has a vision when she touches him that tells her who her brother's tormentors are. Upon realizing that the water polo team is behind it all, she promptly plans her attack. She visits the pool where they are all practicing and tells them the only person allowed to torture her brother is herself.

That's not all, however. Wednesday then holds up two large bags of piranhas, which she promptly dumps in the pool. The boys struggle to make it out before the piranhas attack, and one even loses a very sensitive body part. This act gets Wednesday expelled and sent to Nevermore. Technically, this should be higher on the twisted list because of how gruesome and creative it is, but because no one is hurt too bad, it's more hilarious than scary. The lesson here is — don't mess with Pugsley and Wednesday won't get a piranha to bite your genitals.

5. Eugene's attack

It's difficult for Wednesday to make friends, but she likes that. However, another Nevermore student struggles to make friends but desperately wants them. Eugene (Moosa Mostafa) is the sweetest character on the show and becomes one of Wednesday's only friends. In turn, Wednesday becomes his only friend until she connects him with her unusual friend group. 

Later, Wednesday ends up attending a dance she had planned on skipping after Thing sets her up with a date with Tyler. However, Eugene feels slighted because Wednesday was supposed to stake out a potential Hyde den with him. That's why Eugene decides to go into the woods alone to stake out the den himself. He feels like he has something to prove, especially since Wednesday hurt his feelings. However, when the sweetest character on any show goes into the woods alone, you know there can only be trouble ahead. 

Sure enough, Eugene watches Dr. Kinbott (Riki Lindhome) torch the den and thinks she's the mastermind. As he tries to escape and tell Wednesday what he has found, he is attacked by the Hyde. Eugene is simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, and that's why his attack is so twisted — Eugene is just too sweet.

4. Thornhill resurrects Crackstone

The whole purpose of the season and its villains comes together in the last episode, "A Murder of Woes." Thornhill is revealed to be Laurel Gates, who wanted to resurrect Joseph Crackstone to rid the world of the Nevermore outcasts once and for all. However, to bring him back, Laurel needs certain body parts, which she collects from Tyler's victims, and a blood seal of a descendent of Goody Addams, which she gets from Wednesday.

Though her motives for resurrecting Crackstone are malicious enough, the actual scene where he's resurrected is pretty disturbing. Things start off bad with Wednesday's blood sacrifice, then get worse when we see Crackstone's gross, centuries-old form. Finally, Crackstone's all-too-giddy persona — which is especially in someone who is running around on a killing spree — all contribute to the twisted nature of this sequence. Taking all of this and combining it with Laurel's intense devotion to Crackstone and his terrible cause makes for a scene that audiences will surely remember as truly disturbing.

3. Tyler's monologue

The top three twisted moments in "Wednesday" start with Tyler's monologue. After Wednesday falls into his trap and has Xavier arrested, she thinks all is well with her new normie boyfriend. However, when they kiss, she has an intense vision that proves Tyler has been the Hyde all along and is responsible for the murders and attacks. 

Wednesday recruits the rest of her Nevermore friends to help her trap Tyler and get a confession out of him, but they bail when Wednesday begins to torture him for answers. They tell Principal Weems, who calls the sheriff, and they're all taken to the police station. While there, Tyler asks to talk to Wednesday before she is officially expelled from Nevermore, and that's when the truth comes out.

Tyler tells Wednesday that she's lost the fight before launching into an intense description of his transformation into the Hyde. He tells her that he used to not be able to remember what happened, often just waking up naked and bloody. However, once he started to remember, he tells Wednesday, he felt a fear that was "so primal I could taste it. And it was delicious." Watching Tyler reveal his true evil self and see the light drain from his eyes is disturbing enough. Pair that with the fact that he's not only being controlled by Laurel but likes the feeling of killing, and you've got one horrific and twisted scene.

2. Principal Weems' death

Coming in at second place is Principal Weems' death. Wednesday figures out that Thornhill is Laurel Gates and that she's the one behind Tyler's Hyde attacks. She tries to tell the authorities, but they won't listen. However, Wednesday knows from earlier in the season that Principal Weems is a shapeshifter, so Wednesday asks her to shapeshift into Tyler to find out the truth about Thornhill. 

The plan works, and Thornhill confesses everything, thinking Principal Weems is Tyler. However, once Principal Weems hears enough, she shapeshifts back and tells Thornhill she's going to be punished. Shortly after, Thornhill injects Principal Weems with poison and effectively kills her, seemingly leaving Wednesday to fight the battle alone.

This one hurt. The entire season the audience isn't sure if we can trust Weems, and neither is Wednesday. However, once Weems and Wednesday are finally on the same page, allies instead of roadblocks, it quickly goes awry because of Thornhill's poison. Why wouldn't they bring backup? Or at least something to defend themselves against her? Wednesday knows she's dangerous and has no qualms about killing, so this doesn't make much sense. Either way, though, it hurts to watch Wednesday lose someone who could've helped her in the coming conflict and been a good mentor for her at Nevermore.

1. Stabbing Thing

By far, the most twisted event in the series is when Thing is stabbed. When Laurel gets wind that Wednesday has Faulkner's diary, she ransacks Wednesday's room to find it. She ends up stabbing Thing in the process as he tries to defend Wednesday's property. Wednesday takes Thing's nearly lifeless hand to Uncle Fester (Fred Armisen), hoping his electric fingers can save the day. After a touch-and-go battle, Thing lives, and the audience sees Wednesday show genuine emotion for the first time.

The fact that Laurel would attack Thing is not surprising, but it's incredibly twisted. Despite having no verbal lines, Thing is one of the best characters in the series and he didn't deserve to be nearly killed. You know the situation is dire when we see Wednesday show emotion, so if it's enough to bring Wednesday near to tears, then it's certainly the most twisted and horrifying event in the entire season. 

The good news, though, is that Thing lives and makes a full recovery -– allowing him to continue to scheme with Wednesday, hopefully for years and years to come.