A Small Detail From The Final Scene Of ‘The Haunting Of Hill House’ Leads To Chilling Alternate Theory 😱

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE

The Haunting of Hill House, the dark and twisted series about a dysfunctional family couched in a ghost story, was a hit with critics and fans alike. Viewers were somewhat relieved when the season came to an end with some joy. After watching Luke struggle with addiction and relapse, we got to see his character celebrate two years of sobriety with his family.

It was a seemingly happy ending after each Crain sibling got trapped in the “Red Room” one by one, reliving a nightmare as the house tried to claim their souls. Luckily, they all escaped and lived to see another day. However, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, who plays Luke, pointed out that things may not be as happy as they seem.

He told The Wrap

“There’s this thing that happens when we’re all in the Red Room. Every, uh — again, I feel like I have to be careful if I’m saying this right. [Laughs] But whenever each child, each sibling, is in the Red Room, something in the fantasy is red. And it’ll be a very, very small thing. For Luke, when Luke gets taken to the hotel room, he’s worn Converse throughout the show, and all of a sudden his Converse are red. And it’s so slight you can barely even see it. And I think Steven is wearing a red jumper [in his fantasy.]”

He went on.

“And so there’s something at the end — it was Kate [Siegel], who plays Theo, who kind of pointed it out to me — with Luke’s sobriety cake,” the actor continued. “Um, she went, ‘The cake is red.’ And on set I went, ‘Oh, my God!’ And she went, ‘I don’t know!’ And I asked Mike [Flanagan], and he went ‘I don’t know.’ And so I can’t tell whether or not I’m just crazy with this — or whether or not it’s something that could have legs.”

Low and behold, the cake was red.

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So, does this mean that in the end they were all still trapped in the Red Room living out an after death fantasy?

Creator of the series, Mike Flanagan, told EW that the writers…

“toyed with a cliffhanger ending.”

But he said…

“Ultimately, in the writers’ room and with the cast and everything else, we really felt like the story demanded a certain kind of closure from us and we were happy to close the book on that family.”

However final the ending, whether it was a happy or chilling one seems to be up for some debate.

People were shook.

Many were hoping for a second season.

Flanagan teased to Indie Wire that while the story of the Crains is finished, that doesn’t mean the show is necessarily ending.

“What I will say, though, is that as far as I’ve ever been concerned with this, the story of the Crain family is told. It’s done. I think that there are all sorts of different directions we could go in, with the house or with something completely different. I love the idea of an anthology as well. But to me, I felt like the Crains have been through enough, and we left them exactly as we all wanted to remember them, those of us who worked on it.”

We’re keeping our fingers crossed!

H/T: EW, Indie Wire, The Wrap, Twitter