It’s the end of the murder mystery, and the killer is…
This post for Sharp Objects “Milk” contains spoilers.
In the finale episode “Milk” (2018), the killer of Ann Nash and Natalie Keene is finally revealed to audiences.
Whether you’ve read the book and watched the TV adaptation, or didn’t read the book and watched the TV adaptation; you are bound to think and assume that Adora (Patricia Clarkson) is the killer of the double murder mystery.
Similar to how Gillian Flynn ended the final chapter (Chapter 17) of her novel, the reveal of the real killer in the TV adaptation is also disclosed at the end. I absolutely loved how the TV adaptation changed the reveal of Amma (Eliza Scanlen) being the killer. It was beautifully revealed in a quick way, with Camille (Amy Adams) casually looking at Amma’s dollhouse, where in there she finally spots the floor of human teeth.
“The floor of my mother’s room. The beautiful ivory tiles. Made of human teeth. Fifty-six tiny teeth, cleaned and bleached and shining from the floor.” – Gillian Flynn
It’s creepy how a 15-year-old teenage girl and her friends can viciously kidnap, kill, and pluck out the teeth of two young innocent girls. Scanlen really did a great job portraying the youthful and wild Amma, who had a dark side that was only fully revealed in the two post-credit scenes of “Milk”. Director of the TV series Jean-Marc Vallée explained his decision for the post-credit reveal here. The decision behind it was mainly to maintain Camille’s perspective in the show, since after all, Sharp Objects has been about her story.
The finale episode definitely felt the shortest with only 50 minutes for the show to unveil everything. It was nice to see the concisely edited scenes of Camille and Amma leaving Wind Gap behind and moving to St. Louis together. It was intense and thrilling to watch Camille find out that it was her teenage step-sister who killed those little girls. But as a devoted weekly viewer and reader of Sharp Objects, it’s difficult to leave the series behind not knowing what’s going to happen to Camille now that she has discovered that her step-sister is a sociopath. Will Camille lean towards kindness? Will she start drinking again? Will she start cutting again? These are questions that I will never get to know unless the limited TV series becomes unlimited—by that I mean a sequel.