I have basically avoided everything with the exception of one podcast where neither person read the book or knew anything about it. I love this show and cannot wait for the finale.
I have a theory about it all so stop reading as my explanation might contain spoilers for those that have not watched.
I think that Amma, maybe with Natalie’s help killed Ann and that Amma and Ashley, maybe with help from Joades and the other one, killed Natalie. Now until this last episode I thought it was Adora, not Ashley that was in on Natalie. Some Ashley things as well as my belief that the vision of Adora as the woman in white is probably muddying the waters changed my mind.
First: there was talk early on that this was two different killers. They mentioned it multiple times. I doubt this means nothing. The difference in the killings has to be explained.
Natalie’s murder has much more evidence around it. John has talked about the three girls being friends and about how Natalie injured the one classmate while younger, liked to bite, and would have never painted her nails. The nails part makes sense coming from Adora, but correct m if I am wrong, I do not remember Ann having painted nails. Therefore it is likely someone doing it out of hatred as opposed to Adora, who would do it to make her “proper.”
Amma and Ashley both have reasons to hate Natalie. Amma would be jealous of the attention that Adora paid Ashley (and Ann) while Ashley, who complained this week that John never slept with her, would be jealous of the friendship John and his sister had.
Ann turned up the next day while Natalie turned up several days after her disappearance. She had to be held somewhere. Ashley’s pool house makes sense. It would explain the blood on the floor and bite on Ashley’s ear.
Natalie was clearly planned, precise, premeditated murder. I believe that Ann was more of a heat of passion, what have I done type thing. She was not put on display, and it was much more sloppy. If Camille’s vision is right and Adora was the woman in white then I definitely think it is two killers because I cannot see her killing Ann the way she was killed.
Amma and Natalie are the only two that make sense for me here. We know they were friends, we know there was a falling out. Amma indicated this to Camille and Natalie indicated as much on her “friends list.” Who knows, maybe it mirrors the lesbian murder that was possibly Adora from back in the day.
Even if it was Natalie though, Amma would have to be involved because of the location of the bike. We got that scene of Camille following Amma to the farm. A show like this, all scenes mean something, that one was to show her comfort level with the farm and that she came there often. She could have easily killed Ann and panicked, dumping the bike in a familiar place where she felt safe.
I think that Natalie was either involved with Ann’s death and got cold feet or she found out Amma did it and in either case she became a threat, which led to her death.
I was in favor of Adora being the woman in white and helping in Natalie’s death to protect Amma and that Adora got the worker to say John dropped the bike. I moved on to Ashley for several reasons though:
-the aforementioned, painting the nails out of hatred
-Amma mentioned something like “I can get girls to do what I want but they hate me after.” This would fit Ashley in my scenario to a T
-Amma said you can get boys to do what you want if you let them do stuff to you. This is the worker at the farm that fingered John. Adora would have been smart enough to pick a night shift person, Amma knows the day shift guys
-Ashley says John would never murder the girls because it would make him popular...this is all she cares about and would also explain why Natalie was put on display
-Natalie was a biter so her teeth were pulled
I also think that the teeth are in Chekov’s Doll House. There has been too much focus on it and Amma went total bitch face when Camille tried to touch Adora’s room. The teeth are probably in there, although I hope they are not the actual ivory floor, that might seems silly.
There is one thing that does not fit though. Why were Ann’s teeth pulled? Makes me think Natalie was involved somehow in Ann’s death. I hope not though. John already lost his poor sister and is arrested for her murder. If the kid does get out if would suck to find out his dead kid sister was a murderer.