The following article contains spoilers for the season finale of HBO’s Sharp Objects and its post-credit scene.
First of all, if anyone happened to miss the post-credits scene in Sharp Objects, that’s OK. It’s tacked on waayyy at the end of the credits after the production company stingers and it’s entirely forgivable that the ending was so traumatizing as to dissuade people from watching to the end.
That said, definitely watch it.
The spooky scene shows Amma Crellin (presumably in flashback) standing at the edge of the woods in a white dress, staring at the camera as if to lure it to follow her into the forest. Even though the scene is only a few seconds long, it confirms a few things about her short-lived career as Wind Gap’s resident child-killer.
Amma’s white dress makes her resemble the Woman in White, the local legend that 8-year-old James Capisi claimed took victim Natalie Keene from a park. Camille interviews James about what he saw, but the Chief of Police tells her to discount his statement because the Capisi family aren’t well regarded in the town.
As an aside, Chief Vickery is the worst cop ever, right? Like he’s 0-2 when it comes to catching murderers and both of those murderers lived in the same house.
The post-credits scene also makes a few of Amma’s throwaway lines reflexively sinister, including the time she told Camille she stopped being friends with Natalie and Ann because they still wanted to do “kid stuff” like play in the woods — it’s possible Amma told Natalie she wanted to play with her again, which probably sounded great to Natalie, who had recently lost her best friend to the killer.
For anyone hoping for a longer scene that explained more about what Amma did and what happened to her after, the scene may come as a bit of a disappointment. Sharp Objects seems content to let a few of its mysteries lie, such as whether or not Amma had help in pulling Natalie and Ann’s teeth out, and how she moved Natalie’s body to the windowsill in the center of town (signs point to her friends helping her but there’s no confirmation of their involvement).
Still, the post-credit does add some creepy context to Amma’s clearly pre-meditated and heinous crimes and definitely places her as one of TV’s most terrifying teens.