The Haunting of Hill House originally had a much darker ending

Mike Flanagan revealed that Netflix's 'The Haunting of Hill House' once had an ending that was different from what was shown.

The ending in the show as is shows the remaining members of the Crain family having happy endings with their problems mostly resolved. According to Flanagan, one idea was to show that the happy ending was false and the family was still trapped inside the Red Room.

"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," Flanagan shared with Thrillist about a scene depicting Steven Crain resolving issues with his wife. "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. We committed to that course of action."