All the hidden messages you probably missed in the first two episodes of Sharp Objects.

Sharp Objects hidden messages

Sharp Objects, now streaming on Foxtel, is a mysterious who-dunnit set in the tiny, haunted town of Wind Gap, Missouri.

The series, which is based on Gillian Flynn’s book of the same name, will keep you guessing right up until the final credits roll (you can read our full review here).

Wind Gap is the kind of sweaty, quiet town where you can imagine tumbleweeds rolling down the main street unobstructed. It’s also the home of a violent serial killer, who’s preying on the town’s teenage girls.

Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), a hardworking and hard-drinking journalist, returns to Wind Gap to report on the disappearance of two local girls.

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During her visit she’s forced to face her own murky past and the mysterious death of her younger sister, who died when they were just teenagers.

While the series is a slow burn, there have been a few subtle messages in the first couple of episodes, which hint at the show’s bigger mystery.

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According to show runner, Marti Noxon, there’s a hidden meaning in every episode title.

“I went through the book and just took out every single word Gillian mentions,” Noxon told The Wrap. “And then would look at what I was trying to do in the episode, and I don’t think we invented any – we might have, but I don’t think we did.

“So for ‘Vanish’, you know for me, I felt like for her to go home was… like disappearing back into her past,” she said of the first episode.

“I had written it into the script [that] the present and the past get so entwined in the visual that [director Jean-Marc Vallee] obviously took that and made it even more incredible. So I felt like vanishing into your past was kind of a theme of the first episode and is she going to survive it?”

Noxon went on to explain that ‘Dirt’ represented the funeral of Natalie Keene and the “dirt” people in the town fling at each other through their words and their gossiping.

There are also hidden words sprinkled throughout the episodes.

When Camille puts her luggage in the boot of her car, the word “dirt” appears, which then turns into “dirty”. Later, the dash of her car shows that she’s listening to “Wrong FM”.

And during a scene in her office, the word “Ask!” is spelled out in thumbtacks.

As author Gillian Flynn explained to Vanity Fair’s Still Watching podcast, these messages represent the words Camille’s character cut into her own skin in the book.

“If you’re paying attention, you see it,” Flynn told the podcast. “But if you miss it, it’s not a big deal either. I’m not a huge fan of the things you must see, but I think those are lovely little notes for people.”

Flynn also told the podcast about the inspiration behind the series’ unsettling “Woman in White” character.

The author said the ghostly, other-worldly figure was inspired in part by a real-life Missouri urban legend called Momo. According to local lore, a hairy three-toed creature haunts a stretch of Missouri’s Great River Road in Pike Country.

Although the Momo and the Woman in White are very different, they both serve the same purpose, to reflect the real monsters that lurk in tiny, haunted towns like Wind Gap, Missouri.

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