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There Almost Was A Different Ending To "Haunting Of Hill House" And It's So Chilling

The alternate ending is just too cruel (but amazing) for words.

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🚨Warning: Spoilers ahead!🚨

If you've finished binge-watching Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House, then you know that the series ends with the remaining Crain family members celebrating Luke's two years of sobriety.

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For once, all of the Crains are finally happy. Steve has a baby on the way, Shirley and her husband seem to have mended things, Theo married Trish (look at those rings!), and, of course, Luke is sober.

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But that's not how the ending was originally supposed to pan out. According to an interview with Thrillist, showrunner Mike Flanagan revealed that the original ending was going to have — drumroll, please — a narrow, vertical window in the background of the scene!!!

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If you're anything like me, then you might have chills running down your arms right now because we all know what that window means...

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Basically, Flanagan's initial plan was to reveal that this "happy ending" was actually taking place in the Red Room...which means it wouldn't have been a happy ending at all.

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And though that ending would have been unnerving (and amazing), Flanagan realized that it was just too cruel to do that to the Crains.

One thing I can say is that we talked for a very, very long time about putting the Red Room window, that weird vertical window, in the background of this shot. And I ultimately decided not to. It was too cruel. But there was a lot of talk that this peace might not be real. In the version we ended up going with, I think it absolutely is real.

So all is well for the Crains...for now.