The Netflix Addams Family reboot features an ensemble cast of Jenna Ortega, Christina Ricci, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Gwendoline Christie and more — but not all come out of the first season unscathed.
The series, based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles Addams, sees Ortega (X; Jane the maiden) play Wednesday Addams.
Ricci, who appeared as Wednesday in the ’90s films directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, plays Nevermore teacher Marilyn Thornhill. Zeta-Jones plays Wednesday’s mother Morticia and Gwendoline Christie (game of Thrones) plays Nevermore’s Principal Weems.
*Warning – major spoilers ahead Wednesday*
Tragically, in the season finale, Thornhill stabs Weems in the throat with a poisoned syringe and she dies in his arms on Wednesday.
Speak with diversity About the series, showrunners Alfred Gough and Miles Millar were asked how the game of Thrones star reacted upon learning of her character’s demise.
“She’s been such an amazing soldier throughout the whole thing,” Millar said. “She loved it because it felt very surprising. She was totally on board for that.
“I think for us it really had landed on Wednesday, the emotional fallout of this death. We wanted this world where people you care about die so that this story has a price and a sacrifice.”
Millar explained that they want the death to be a real emotional blow to viewers, who have seen Wednesday and Weems’ relationship grow over the course of the season.
“It just feels like a really sad but powerful way to end this and the first season with her death,” he concluded.
Wednesday has received mixed reviews from critics — including a critical two-star review from The Independent‘s Nick Hilton – but was warmly received by viewers as his Rotten Tomatoes score sets a milestone for Addams Family adaptations.
Ortega’s performance on the series was praised by viewers, who also hailed the “brilliant” casting of a particular supporting role.
Wednesday is now available to stream on Netflix.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/wednesday-addams-netflix-cast-death-b2234901.html Wednesday’s showrunners reveal how the star reacted upon learning his character died