HBO’s Sharp Objects was a mini series with a purpose. Ostensibly, it was a murder mystery concerning the brutal deaths of two young girls from Wind Gap, Missouri. We meet Camille Preaker, a journalist who’s been assigned to cover the murders in Wind Gap. It’s her hometown, and even though she’s spent her entire adult life getting away from it, she accepts the assignment and returns. She’s forced to relive old traumas, and over the course of eight episodes, it becomes increasingly clear why she left in the first place. This is a diseased, decaying place, where memories are long and gossip runs wild.
In the final episode, Camille’s mother Adora is arrested for the murders; we learn Adora suffers from Munchausen syndrome by proxy (seeking attention and validation through the care of another, whose ills you inflict upon them) and also poisoned Camille’s younger sister, Marian, years prior. She might have killed Camille’s other younger sister, Amma, had Camille not intervened.
And then, in the last 60 seconds of the final episode, the show pulls the rug out from under us. Amma is the real killer. She just killed another little girl. And she used the dead girls’ teeth–after pulling them out with pliers–to line the floor in her dollhouse.
What. The. Hell.
But as abrupt and as awful as this was, it was a fair twist; the show had planted multiple hints, both practical and thematic, throughout all eight episodes. Here are nine clues that you probably missed the first time around, gathered from Reddit, social media, and our own analysis. This is a show that rewards repeated viewings–if you have the stomach for it.