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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: The show is ripe for this, notably:
    • Given the age gap between her daughters, her admitted lack of attachment to Camille, her unwillingness (inability?) to identify Camille's father, what we saw of Camille's adolescence in Wind Gap, and the fact that she had Camille out of wedlock, it's possible that Camille is the result of Adora's own adolescent sexual assault.
    • How much, if at all, did Alan know about Amma committing the murders of Anne and Natalie? While the series firmly implies that Alan acted as a quiet enabler to Adora’s Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy poisoning of her daughters, his knowledge of and involvement in Amma’s actions or lack there of are much more ambiguous.
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    • Amma freaks out and runs away during Calhoun Day after Anne’s father and Natalie’s brother start fighting over suspecting the other of murdering their daughter/sister and cause a commotion. Was it because Amma, as the actual killer felt remorse after seeing how devastated they were, because she was upset that she wasn’t the center of attention, because she saw Camille and Richard talking and was jealous, or a combination of the three, heightened by her having taken drugs before the event?
    • Ashley ends up turning John over to the police, but was she doing this just because she was a Glory Hound who wanted her name on TV, or was is a Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal from John ignoring her and putting no effort into the relationship but refusing to dump her because it would make him look suspicious?
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In It, Sophia Lillis is told she looks like Lois Lane. Here she plays a younger version of an adult character played by Amy Adams, who played Lois Lane in the DC Extended Universe.
  • Incest Subtext: Amma acts very possessive of and flirtatious to her big sister Camille, especially as the series goes on. She even calls Camille her “soulmate.”
  • Retroactive Recognition: Eliza Scanlen would later go on to play Beth March in Little Women (2019).
  • Sympathy for the Devil: The TV Series is a lot more sympathetic towards Amma than the novel, cutting out some of her crueller moments in the book and putting more emphasis on Adora's abuse of her, such as Adora immediately withholding affection from Amma when Amma refuses to take medicine and Amma casually counselling Camille on how best to whether the poisoning, so used to it she barely registers it as horrifying anymore.

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