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.
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.
Apparently in The Haunting of Hill House when someone is having visions from the Red Room something in the fantasy will be red. Luke’s sobriety cake is red in one of the final scenes! pic.twitter.com/3YqIVZrZ8j
— Saraa (@SaraAliNaseer) November 14, 2018
So I just read something on fb about the haunting of hill house and it said that Luke’s cake was red at the end and that they might of never made it out… I am shooketh
— dakota lakes (@D_lakes22) November 16, 2018
Y’ALL CANT JUST DROP SUCH BIGASS BOMBS ON US ABOUT THE ENDING OF HILL HOUSE LIKE THE RED CAKE AND RED ROOM SHIT AND NOT GIVE A SEASON 2 IM AJDJJSJDJSJ
— ysa (@lotzgbt) November 18, 2018
Someone wanna explain haunting of hill house to me???? Are they dead?? Are they in the red room??? I have so many questions. THE ICING ON THE CAKE WAS RED, are they all dreaming still???
— 𝕂𝕒𝕥𝕝𝕪𝕟𝕡𝕚𝕟𝕕𝕖𝕣 (@Pinder_katlyn) November 16, 2018
Many were hoping for a second season.
Y’all is there gonna be a Season 2 of Hill House or am i actually going to have to develop a hobby…?
— 𝕘𝕚𝕓𝕘𝕒𝕓 (@gabsavvv) November 19, 2018
Done with The Haunting of Hill House Season 1. Season 2 na please
— Louise (@miss_kape) November 10, 2018
Very upsetting that The Haunting of Hill House is only 10 episodes & season 2 is tbd
— Kacurrelja (@Kacurrelja__) November 9, 2018
Finished “The Haunting of Hill House” on Netflix, it was soo good! Can’t wait too see if there will be a season 2.
— Oliver ✨ (@OliverTwistt_) November 9, 2018
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!