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Netflix 'The Woman in the House' Ending Explained: Is Anna's gut feeling right?

Anna has several doubts regarding what she witnessed at her neighbor's house. Was she hallucinating or did someone die for real?
UPDATED JAN 28, 2022
Kristen Bell as Anna in 'The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window' (IMDb)
Kristen Bell as Anna in 'The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window' (IMDb)

A series with a title as complex as 'The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window' has a quite simple yet disturbing storyline, on the contrary. Brace yourselves to be on the edge of your seats throughout - this one's a real thinker.

Netflix's latest thriller mystery stars Kristen Bell as Anna. She plays the role of a troubled mother who has a serious drinking problem. After turning to the drink on one fateful night, she decides to get to the bottom of a mysterious murder that took place steps away from her own house. 


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Mainly because of her binge drinking issue, people hesitate to believe Anna when it comes to her stories. The other reason is that she tends to hallucinate a lot, ever since the death of her own daughter. During one fateful evening of drinking, Anna becomes entirely convinced that she just witnessed the murder of a woman called Lisa, girlfriend to her new neighbor Neil.

While Anna herself is still dealing and coping with the murder of her daughter and a divorce from her husband, Douglas, Neil too is coming to terms with the death of his wife, Meredith, who drowned in an accident while pregnant with their second child. 

Unfortunately, this predicament that Neil is in made him an easy target for Chastity, who goes by the name Lisa, a con-woman by profession. Her intention was to get some money off of him, along with her partner, Rex. On the contrary, Rex isn't a fan of Lisa's messed-up plan, ever since he realized that Neil had a daughter. When there's no news from Lisa, Rex thinks that she fled with their shared cash. In trying to track her down, he bumps into Anna instead. Rex tells Anna all about Lisa's plan, so now, the latter has proof that she actually witnessed the murder. The two build a great rapport, but Rex is accused to be the murderer after Lisa's body is found.

Due to lack of evidence, Rex is quickly released. Coincidentally, the weapon used on the night of the attack is the exact same knife that Anna owns, and so she is arrested instead. Anna is bailed out but has a rough patch with Neil because of what happened. In time, Anna even rings up her therapist, who in reality is her ex-husband, Douglas. She tells him that she sees blood on her loft,  which turned out to be red paint. 

Despite her fear of the rain, Anna walks to Neil's house, and finds her handyman, Buell, as well as Neil, stabbed to death. Turns out, the killer is actually Emma, Neil's 9-year-old daughter, who is a straight-up psychopath!

Emma's the one who killed her own father, Buell, Lisa (because she refused to buy her chocolates), and also her mother, Meredith, because she got pregnant with another child. She proceeds to tell Anna, "People always underestimate children. Underestimate what they're capable of. I even surprised myself, I mean I didn't know I was capable of murder."

Emma was the one who framed Anna by slyly stealing her knife. Framing Anna was easy since everyone already believes that Anna has been stalking Neil and his family. In a brutal tiff, Anna is stabbed. While Emma waits for the police to arrive and frame her for the murder, Anna comes back and kills her with a shard. 

Douglas makes an entry, watching the final showdown, and confesses to the police that Anna is innocent. 

'The Woman in the House Across the Street from the Girl in the Window' was released on January 28, 2022, on Netflix.