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Sharp Objects
Genre Psychological thriller
Created by Marti Noxon
Based on Sharp Objects
by Gillian Flynn
Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 6 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Charles Layton
  • Marci Wiseman
  • Jessica Rhoades
  • Gregg Fienberg
  • Nathan Ross
  • Jean-Marc Vallée
  • Amy Adams
  • Gillian Flynn
  • Jason Blum
  • Marti Noxon
Producer(s) David Auge
  • David Berman
  • Maxime Lahaie
  • Émile Vallée
  • Jai M. Vee
Running time 55–61 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network HBO
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format 5.1 surround
Original release July 8, 2018 (2018-07-08) – present (present)
External links
Official website

Sharp Objects is an American psychological thriller television limited series based on Gillian Flynn's debut novel of the same name that premiered on July 8, 2018, on HBO. Created by Marti Noxon and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, the series stars Amy Adams as Camille Preaker, an emotionally troubled reporter who returns to her hometown to cover the murders of two young girls.


Crime reporter Camille Preaker, suffering from alcoholism and recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital after years of self-harming, returns to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to investigate the murders of two young girls. The assignment takes her back to her childhood home under the critical eye of her mother, Adora, a small-town socialite, which forces Preaker to confront some personal demons.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Amy Adams as Camille Preaker, an alcoholic reporter recently discharged from a psychiatric hospital
  • Patricia Clarkson as Adora Crellin, Camille's overbearing socialite mother
  • Chris Messina as Detective Richard Willis, a detective from Kansas City who is aiding the investigation
  • Eliza Scanlen as Amma Crellin, the half sister of Camille and Adora's and Alan's daughter
  • Matt Craven as Bill Vickery, the police chief of Wind Gap
  • Henry Czerny as Alan Crellin, Amma's father, Adora's husband, and Camille's stepfather
  • Taylor John Smith as John Keene, the brother of Wind Gap's second murder victim, Natalie Keene
  • Madison Davenport as Ashley Wheeler, the girlfriend of John Keene
  • Miguel Sandoval as Frank Curry, Camille's editor
  • Will Chase as Bob Nash, the father of Wind Gap's first murder victim, Ann Nash
  • Jackson Hurst as Kirk Lacey
  • Sophia Lillis as young Camille Preaker
  • Lulu Wilson as Marian Crellin, Camille's half sister who died in front of her when they were children, Adora's and Alan's first child together, Amma's sister
  • Elizabeth Perkins as Jackie O'Neill, the town gossip and an acquaintance of Camille



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"Vanish"Jean-Marc ValléeMarti NoxonJuly 8, 2018 (2018-07-08)1.54[2]
Camille Preaker, a St. Louis-based reporter, is struggling with alcoholism and self-harm. She has flashbacks to her troubled childhood in the small town of Wind Gap, Missouri. Her editor, Frank, orders her to return to Wind Gap, where a 13-year old girl, Ann Nash, was murdered the previous summer, and another, 14-year-old Natalie Keene, is missing. Camille's flashbacks intensify when she returns and after a couple days, she goes to live with her socialite mother, Adora Crellin, stepfather, and half-sister, teenager Amma. She meets Detective Richard Willis during a search party. She then talks with Bob Nash about the disappearance of his daughter, whose body is later discovered in an alley. Amma and Camille talk about their middle sister Marian, who had died when Camille was younger, and Amma secretly admits to disliking her mother's treatment of her and behaves like a child to hide her rebellious side. During a bath, it is revealed that Camille has carved the word "vanish" into her arm.
2"Dirt"Jean-Marc ValléeGillian FlynnJuly 15, 2018 (2018-07-15)1.10[3]
Richard wonders why Ann was found in the woods on the spot where she was killed, yet Natalie was discovered posed in the middle of town, her teeth yanked out with pliers. Camille sees Richard taking soil samples from Bob Nash's tires. Adora, who has kept Marian's room like a shrine, continues to belittle Camille, whom she accuses of embarrassing the family through her investigation. Camille thinks Natalie's older brother, high school senior John, stands out in Wind Gap, and is told by neighborhood kids that "The Woman in White" took Natalie. Police Chief Bill Vickery implies that the boy who saw this is "trash" and can't be trusted. Camille says they used to scare each other with stories about the Woman in White abducting children but Vickery and Richard insist that Natalie and Ann were murdered by a man. Adora accuses Camille of being drunk at Natalie's funeral and says that Natalie reminded her of Camille when she was young, and that she tried to help Natalie.
3"Fix"Jean-Marc ValléeAlex MetcalfJuly 22, 2018 (2018-07-22)1.03[4]
After a party, a drunk Amma crashes a golf cart into her mother's rosebushes. Camille flashes back to her recent stay in a psychiatric facility, where she shared a room with Alice. They become friends listening to Alice’s music, but Alice commits suicide by drinking drain cleaner and a devastated Camille slashes her own wrists. In the present, Camille interviews Bob Nash, who thinks John Keene was involved. Vickery calls Adora, who arrives and rebukes Camille while comforting Bob. Later, John Keene accuses Bob Nash of being involved. John's girlfriend, Ashleigh Wheeler, is one of the few people friendly to Camille. After a conversation between Adora and Vickery, Adora warns Amma about Camille and that she is dangerous. Richard is frustrated by lack of cooperation from the public in Wind Gap and by Vickery belittling his belief that the murderer is from within the town. He tells Camille to stay out of his way. It is revealed that Adora also knew Ann and tutored her.
4"Ripe"Jean-Marc ValléeVince CalandraJuly 29, 2018 (2018-07-29)0.93[5]
Camille attends a luncheon with Jackie and her other friends, where they discuss Bob Nash and John Keene. Soon after, she shows Richard around numerous crime scenes within Wind Gap before taking him to a hunting shed in the woods where high school jocks have sex with cheerleaders. A flashback shows Camille as a cheerleader being chased by a group of boys before seemingly being raped; but in the present day asks Richard to sexually please her which he does and the two kiss afterwards. Amma is revealed to have created nasty posters of John Keene who is soon fired from his job at Adora's hog factory because of his reputation. As Calhoun Day approaches, Amma practices for a play and flirts with her teacher privately. Alan snaps at Adora who soon talks with Camille about her disappointment that Camille went against her mother as a teenager before finally informing her that she smells "ripe". At night while driving, Camille has a disturbing vision of Amma dead in the shed.
5"Closer"Jean-Marc ValléeScott BrownAugust 5, 2018 (2018-08-05)1.17[6]
Workers begin dressing up the backyard of Adora's home for the Calhoun Day celebrations as Amma discovers Camille's article about the murders. Angry, Amma steals Camille's clothes in the dressing room when shopping for an outfit and Camille is forced to reveal her scars in front of Amma and her mother, who is hurt that she did it out of spite. A guilt-ridden Amma soon presents Camille with a dress and apologizes. During Calhoun Day, Richard notices Bob Nash heavily drinking at the party while Ashley confronts Camille for not including her in the article. Adora notices Camille talking with Richard and takes him on a private tour of the house where she tells him that Camille is dangerous. During the play, a fight emerges between Bob and John and a frightened Amma flees. The guests go on a search for Amma but Camille finds her injured in the shed and brings her home; there Adora coldly insults her daughter. A distraught Camille flees and arrives at Richard's motel and has sex with him.
6"Cherry"Jean-Marc ValléeDawn Kamoche & Ariella BlejerAugust 12, 2018 (2018-08-12)1.13[7]
Alan blames Camille for her mother's illness and reprimands her for mentioning the dead girls and threatens to kick her out. Flashbacks show Camille as a cheerleader back in high school, during which her friends make nasty remarks about her period; Becca, the only black girl, helps her and notices the word "Cherry" carved on her thigh. In present day, Camille joins her old friends for brunch and only connects with Becca. Richard digs into Camille's past and visits the psychiatric hospital. That night as Camille purchases liquor, she finds Amma who invites her to a party. There, John and Ashley show up but soon Amma and her friends drunkenly abuse the two, which causes them to leave. Camille plays a game involving oxycontin, drinks alcohol and roller skates through Wind Gap with her half sister. The two return home and soon Amma begs to come with her to St. Louis. Amma and Camille pass out in Camille's bedroom while Adora watches with sadness.
7"Falling"[8]Jean-Marc ValléeGillian Flynn & Scott BrownAugust 19, 2018 (2018-08-19)TBD
8"Milk"[9]Jean-Marc ValléeMarti Noxon & Gillian FlynnAugust 26, 2018 (2018-08-26)TBD



Early on in the development process, Vallée and the production's other producers had planned to adapt Flynn's novel as a feature film, but Noxon convinced HBO and the producers that her vision for an 8-episode series would be better.[10]

On July 8, 2014, it was announced that Blumhouse Productions and Entertainment One would be developing and producing a drama based on the debut novel from Gillian Flynn. Marti Noxon would serve as the showrunner, writer and executive producer, while Jean-Marc Vallée would serve as the director and executive producer.[11]

On April 1, 2016, it was announced that HBO had given the production an eight episode straight-to-series order.[12][13] On May 15, 2018, it was announced that the series would premiere on July 8, 2018.[14] On July 25, 2018, HBO president of programming Casey Bloys confirmed that, unlike other HBO series Big Little Lies which was originally ordered as a limited series before being renewed for a second season, Sharp Objects will not return for more episodes following its limited run.[15]


On February 19, 2016, Variety reported that Amy Adams had joined the project as its lead.[16] In March 2017, it was announced that Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins, Madison Davenport, Chris Messina, Matt Craven, and Taylor John Smith had been cast in series regular roles. It was also announced that Will Chase, Jackson Hurst, and Jennifer Aspen had joined the cast in a recurring capacity.[17][18][19][20][21][22][23] On May 22, 2017, it was announced that David Sullivan, Reagan Pasternak, Sydney Sweeney, Hilary Ward, and Sophia Lillis had been cast in recurring roles.[24][25]


Principal photography for the series commenced on March 6, 2017.[10] Filming locations included Barnesville, Georgia; Los Angeles, California; Redwood Valley, California; Santa Clarita, California; and Mendocino, California.[26]

It was reported that there was a fair amount of turmoil on the set of the series. Showrunner Noxon described the alleged "toe-to-toe screaming matches" she and the other producers would get into with director Vallée over his refusal to adhere closely to the series' scripts. Noxon has described Vallée as "much more interested in imagery and telling stories through pictures, and he's brilliant at that...but I love language...I studied theatre at Wesleyan before I became a writer, and the beauty of language, particularly in the Southern Gothic tradition, is so important to me."[27] Noxon together with Gillian Flynn, Jessica Rhoades, Amy Adams, and another male producer would reportedly have to pressure Vallée to include the dialogue of the script in his scenes, to his displeasure.[27]


Each episode features a title sequence with a different interpretation of the song "Dance and Angela" by Franz Waxman from the score of the 1951 film A Place in the Sun. An electronic treatment of the song, by Jeffrey Brodsky, was used for the second episode. All music featured in the series is diegetic, meaning it's coming from a source (a stereo, headphones, etc.) within the scene. The series secured the rights to four songs by Led Zeppelin, a band who is notoriously hard to get the rights for. Music supervisor Susan Jacobs stated, "We were trying to explain the importance of what music really does and how it plays a really pivotal role in this girl's life" and "also the escapism idea of music." The band liked the idea and approved the usage of their music.[28]


Promotional poster featuring Camille Preaker (Amy Adams), Amma Crellin (Eliza Scanlen), and Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson).


On April 22, 2018, a teaser trailer for the series was released.[29][30] On June 5, 2018, the official trailer was released.[31]


On June 7, 2018, the series held its world premiere during the opening night screening at the annual ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas. Following the premiere, a question-and-answer panel took place featuring Amy Adams, Marti Noxon, Gillian Flynn, Jean-Marc Vallée, and Jason Blum.[32][33]


Critical response[edit]

The series has been met with a positive response from critics upon its premiere. On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds a 93% approval rating with an average rating of 7.99 out of 10 based on 90 reviews. The website's critical consensus reads, "A nearly unbearable slow burn, Sharp Objects maintains its grip with an unshakably grim atmosphere and an outstanding cast led by a superb Amy Adams."[34] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the series a score of 77 out of 100 based on 38 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[35]


No. Title Air date Rating
DVR viewers
Total viewers
1 "Vanish" July 8, 2018 0.5 1.54[2] 0.1 0.59 0.6 2.13[36][a]
2 "Dirt" July 15, 2018 0.3 1.10[3] N/A 0.74 N/A 1.84[37]
3 "Fix" July 22, 2018 0.3 1.03[4] N/A 0.79 N/A 1.82[38]
4 "Ripe" July 29, 2018 0.2 0.93[5] 0.3 N/A 0.5[39] N/A
5 "Closer" August 5, 2018 0.4 1.17[6] TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Cherry" August 12, 2018 0.3 1.13[7] TBD TBD TBD TBD
  1. ^ Live +7 ratings were not available, so Live +3 ratings have been used instead.


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