'Sharp Objects' finale: A floor full of human teeth and a shocking reveal!
HBO's 'Sharp Objects' finally told us who killed Natalie and Ann in the most shocking twist of all time!
"Don't tell mama."
Camille Preaker finally got away from Wind Gap, or did she?
'Milk,' the final episode of the HBO miniseries 'Sharp Objects' aired on Sunday ending the gothic southern drama with a sharp twist indeed. What I have loved about the show right from day one is the way it held up a mirror to the demons that live among us. The finale was the ultimate wake up call - the depiction of child abuse and trauma, and it's terrifying, almost irreversible results. It almost felt like it was coming to a full circle and not just in terms of the questions that were answered.
Camille, who started off as a lost cause begging for attention left us as a blinded sister who let her want for warmth overshadow her judgment.
'Milk' takes the tale as old as time and spins some new perspectives to it. The dynamics of being raised by a mentally ill mother, a neglectful father and a society that preys on any signs of vulnerability have been explored deeper than any show I've seen in a long time. While we have seen multiple alcoholic heroines and mothers who justify killing with kindness, 'Sharp Objects' begged to ask the question - how many of us are living under the shadow of childhood abuse? And how many of us actually come out of it consciously? Does abuse make one gulp poison willingly just for a few minutes of affection?
Camille knows she is being poisoned, yet, she stands down and lets her mother Adora take "care" of her. On the surface, this is her way of knowing for sure if she killed Marian and also a way to save Amma, by giving her psychotic mother something to nurse. If you peel back a layer, however, it does feel like it was her one last shot at getting her mother's undivided affection. For once, Camille was the subject of Adora's love that she had been deprived of all her life. She lays in the tub as her mother scrubs her scarred body and says, beaming, "This will be good for the both of us. You are such a good girl." and Camille simply answers, "More, mama."
It suddenly comes flooding back to you at this point- all of Camille's flashbacks right to when her mother had hugged her dead half-sister Miriam Crellin instead of her. Remember the pixie-haired head on Adora's lap that gets pushed her away as she seeks comfort from the body in the casket? Right till the end, she never came out of this shadow, and neither did Amma - she only learned to ignore it like she always had.
The finale also sheds some light on the similarities between the two girls and the difference in the way trauma affects them. While both of them go to extreme lengths to be accepted, Camille harms herself and Amma hurts others.
While we never meet Joya, Adora's mother, we do hear and see how her cruelty had shaped Adora. It's like a curse passed down the Crellin women. Adora confides in Camille when she's nursing her, "Once Joya woke me in the dead of night. I was seven, eight. She didn’t say a word," she said her eyes staring through the wall, "She drove me to the woods. Walked me in deep. Sat me down and left me there." You almost feel sorry for her and if there is one character on this show that deserves a spin-off it has to be Adora Crellin, the Princess of Wind Gap, waiting to die in prison.
You wonder for a minute about a little Adora, golden-haired and perfect, screaming herself hoarse in the woods asking herself what did she do to deserve it. 'Milk' also paints a grey picture of how the world sees a person with mental illness and trauma, no matter how much they say they love them. Detective Richard Willis, who seemed like a nice dude when he's sleeping with Camille changes colors at lightning speed when he sees her scars.
Now let's talk about the crime - it is a crime thriller after all. Amma's dollhouse carpeted with human teeth was pretty cutting edge and the sinister, "Don't tell mama" when she walked in to see the shock on Camille's face was haunting! The best (or worst) part though was the post credit scenes - the gruesome, angry murder of Mae, her new friend who she strangles in the alley out of jealousy. This too ends in a classic 'Sharp Objects' way - slow, and then blindingly fast.
Her almost maniacal desire to kill and feast on her demons is almost like a mix of Camille's self-harm and Adora's "care" - she is the product of the worst in both of them. She uses her innocent face as a cover for her raw, insatiable rage and once again, the story takes you back to the beginning - the way Wind Gap wore it's niceties as a mask to hide its rotten lacerations.