'Hill House' Fan Theory Pegs Crain Siblings As Stages Of Grief

Diply 30 Oct 2018

If you've been anywhere near someone who has Netflix in the last little while, you have definitely heard about the newest creepy show to come on air.

The Haunting of Hill House is Netflix's top-rated show on IMDb right now, and critics and fans alike are voicing their love for the show everywhere you look online.

P.S. SPOILERS BELOW!

The series focuses around a family of seven and jumps between two timelines in each episode.

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We watch as Hugh and Olivia Crain raise their five children, and then we see what becomes of those children as time passes.

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The catch is that each episode reveals more and more about the creepy house they grew up in...

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And how that house has followed them into adulthood. Overlaying their tragic past with the troublesome future creates a perfect storm of suspense, tragedy, and terror.

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But rave reviews and skyrocketing ratings aren't the only thing coming out of the woodwork.  

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'Cause when it comes to Netflix originals, there is no shortage of opinions, hot takes, and — best of all — fan theories. And there are definitely a few worth noting.

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We're sure you've seen every article calling out the hidden ghosts littered throughout the entire series.

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But you might not have heard this theory about the absolutely heart-wrenching realities of each Crain sibling, and what they represent.

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The theory was first thrown out into the web by Tumblr user cagedbirdsong.

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They lit the fire with this simple realization: "The moment you realize each of the Crain kids represent one of the stages of grief."

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In The Haunting of Hill House, Olivia and Hugh Crain have five children — who, according to this theory, all represent one stage in the Five Stages of Grief.

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We've laid out the stages and which character corresponds with each below! And it's SAD.

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Denial

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In this initial stage, it is said that we go numb and exist in a state of disbelief in order to survive the tragic loss we are experiencing.

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According to the theory, Steve Crain embodies Denial. 

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Throughout the entire series — all the way up to the last episode — Steven denies anything to do with paranormal happenings, even though he experiences them firsthand re: HIS DANG BABY SISTER'S GHOST APPEARING IN HIS APARTMENT AFTER HE WAS TOLD SHE PASSED AWAY.

Grow UP, Steven.

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Anger

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The rage felt in this second stage is said to help us process all of the other emotions we might be feeling — it's especially present because people can feel abandoned, in pain, and lost.Anger is easier to manage than the apparently more complex emotions.

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Shirley Crain supposedly embodies Anger.

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Yeah, that's pretty darn obvious. She's angry at so many people and things throughout the entire season — Steven's book, Luke showing up at Nell's wedding (Luke in general...), Theo taking Steven's "blood" money... The list goes on.

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Bargaining 

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Bargaining comes when people begin to feel desperate — they would do anything to make this reality dissipate. It manifests in irrational promises or compromises that won't truly make a difference.

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Theo Crain sings to the tune of Bargaining. 

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Theo's embodiment of bargaining is mostly apparent in her desperation to escape the numbness of the universe after she touches Nell's body. But it also rears its head in her childhood flashbacks as she tries to rationalize her supernatural experiences.

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Depression

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The second-to-last stage comes about when people move from thinking in the past or future and into the present. The reality of loss weighs heavily on the heart and people begin to feel the gravity of grief.

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The theory pins Luke Crain as Depression.

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This one seems to manifest more through his addiction — using drugs to escape the dark emptiness inside of him. It feels as if he's trying to escape what he saw at Hill House, including his friend Abigail's murder, through substance abuse.

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Acceptance

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The final stage is one of healing — beginning to feel OK and less like you're in a state of crisis. People learn to let the weight of grief fall away and begin their journey to accepting the circumstances.

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The theory suggests the youngest Crain, Nell, embodies Acceptance. 

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Throughout the series, Nell's presence acts as a warning to her siblings — for them to come to terms with their issues with Hill House. Her death forces the Crain children to confront the ghosts of their pasts and reach their own level of acceptance.

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