Woe, used in every episode’s title of Netflix’s Wednesday, means that a child born on Wednesday is filled with bad luck and trouble. The word is inspired by a line from an old poem; Wednesday’s Child Is Full of Woe. Similarly, it is used in Bible to describe grief, regret, distress, etc.
Wednesday is a Netflix original fantasy mystery series produced by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar. It follows Wednesday Addams as she enrolls in the deadly, mystifying, and magical Nevermore Academy. She makes a scene at her public school and is thus exiled to the castaways’ boarding school Nevermore Academy. While numerous truths in the town start to come to light around her, the main character Wednesday learns to control her psychic talents.
The show takes viewers back to the Addams Family universe, a vast franchise that was first inspired by the works of American cartoonist Charles Addams. As the years went by and the characters were portrayed in other forms of media, they were given more depth and either more attributes or none at all. That tradition has continued in the Netflix series, which focuses on only one member of the family: Wednesday.
Jenna Ortega plays the title character in the show, with supporting performances by Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzmán, Isaac Ordonez, and Gwendoline Christie. Moreover, the series also tackles a wide range of issues, including bullying, exclusion, and—most prominently—supernatural fantasy and magical events.
All 8 episodes of the show were released at once on November 23. No doubt, the show has been the viewers’ favorite on the streaming platform. Similarly, many of them noticed that all episodes’ titles use the word “woe”. It’s a little strange. As a result, they have been seeking what it exactly means and why it is used in every episode’s titles. Well, we’ve got you covered.
Wednesday: Woe, Inspired by “Wednesday’s Child Is Full of Woe,” Simply Means That a Child Born on Wednesday Will Have a Life Filled With Bad Luck and Trouble!
The Netflix series by Tim Burton uses the word “woe” at least once in each episode title. As an example, the title of the first episode, “Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe,” is taken from the children’s poem, Monday’s Child, which served as the basis for Wednesday Addams‘ name. While it does not have a particular meaning, it refers to antiquated English poetry that was used to propagate the notion that a kid born on Wednesday will have a life filled with bad luck and trouble. The poem goes:
Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for his living,
And the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.
Today, the word “woe” is used in Bible to describe grief, regret, distress, etc. in the English dictionary. It has been claimed that “woebegone” might be more accurate because in the 17th and 18th centuries it was more of an expression of intense worry and heavy duties; however, “woebegone” wouldn’t rhyme, thus we get “Wednesday’s child is full of woe.”
On the other hand, Wednesday’s name was chosen when the cartoons were made into a TV show in 1964, according to H. Kevin Miserocchi’s The Addams Family: An Evilution. He described,
A year [before the TV show], a Manhattan-based company named Aboriginals, Ltd. had opted to manufacture stuffed fabric dolls based on the Addams family characters.… A friend suggested that the pallid little girl he was drawing certainly suggested Wednesday, the child of woe from the traditional nursery rhyme. Addams liked it.
Where was Wednesday ON Netflix filmed?
According to House Beautiful, the six sound stages and several locations in Bucharest, Romania, were used to film the eight-episode Tim Burton Addams family adaption.
The gothic-style boarding school that Wednesday attends is one of the most iconic places from the series that you may also visit in real life if you ever find yourself in Romania. Many of the exterior and aerial images of Nevermore Academy are set against the backdrop of Cantacuzino Castle, which is located in Romania’s Prahova Valley close to the Bucegi Mountains.
A large portion of the town, Jericho, Pilgrim World, the sheriff’s house, and even the Nevermore quad were built especially for the show. These settings were built at the Buftea Studios in Bufta, Romania. Similarly, two different locations were used for the scenes that were filmed during the competitive race for the Poe Cup. The shots were actually shot on two lakes called Brănești and Sterbei in Romania, according to IMDb.