*Warning: Spoilers ahead*
Sure, it’s come at the expense of a few sleepless nights, but our obsession with the creepy Gillian Flynn book-to-HBO adaptation of Sharp Objects is already peaking.
With only two episodes out so far, though, we needed more fuel for our binge-watching fire. And showrunner Marti Noxon came to our rescue. In an interview with The Wrap, Noxon said each episode title (so far, “Vanish” and “Dirt”) came from the words Camille Preaker (Amy Adams) scratches into her own skin, and that “each word encompasses the theme of the episode.”
“I went through the book and just took out every single word Gillian mentions,” Noxon said. “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,” Noxon said of the first episode, which premiered on HBO on Sunday, July 8.
“Dirt,” which aired this week, also feels appropriate given the funeral of Natalie Keene (buried in literal dirt) and the gossipy grown-ups that corner Camille at the girl’s wake (whose salacious rumors are figurative dirt on Wind Gap’s residents). There are also the soil samples that Detective Richard is spotted sweeping off the tires of the first dead girl’s dad’s car (could he really be a suspect in the case?) and the dirt Natalie’s tarantula was kept with inside a jar in her room (but, seriously, what teenage girl keeps a poisonous spider in her room?).
The next episode title (thanks to a quick Wikipedia search): “Fix”…which, coincidentally, is what we need from HBO every Sunday.