[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for The Midnight Club.]The cast of The Midnight Club is the heart and soul of the show. The vast majority of my excitement for a second season stems from the fact that I can’t wait to reunite with these characters. However, Mike Flanagan and Co. throw in a few cliffhangers that I’d very much like to explore further, particularly the big reveal of Dr. Stanton.
During much of The Midnight Club Season 1, Heide Langenkamp‘s dr Georgina Stanton appears to be a doctor and facility manager with a heart of gold who does everything to ensure residents at Brightcliffe Hospice can count every day there as a benefit. Although Samantha SlojanJulia Jayne/Shasta of ‘s expresses her frustration at how Dr. Stanton is conducting her surgery, Dr. Stanton herself never does anything to indicate that she cares about anything other than the children’s welfare. However, the final scene of Season 1 then offers some curious information that will challenge the viewer to reconsider everything they just saw.
The last episode of The Midnight Club Season 1 follows Dr. Stanton through Brightcliffe as she wraps things up for the night. When she returns to her apartment, Dr. Stanton pulls off a wig and we see the Paragon Hourglass tattooed on her neck.
The first big question that comes up is: Is Dr. Stanton actually Athena, daughter of Aceso, or rather Regina Ballard? While the details of the story mostly agree, I got stuck with the fact that Athena was 16 years old in 1940 when the Paragon tragedy took place. That would make Athena 70 in 1994, a fair bit older than Langenkamp, who is 58.
But whether Dr. Stanton is Athena or not, that still leaves us with another very important unanswered question; what are dr Stanton’s intentions? While it looks like she was trying to protect Ilonka (Iman Benson) from the Paragon Exercises, at the very end of the show, when the tattoo is unveiled, a caption that reads “ominous music” appears. Could this be upsetting that Dr. Stanton had nefarious intentions all along? This is exactly the question I asked Langenkamp myself during our Collider Ladies Night Conversation.
Langenkamp began a revisit when she first moved from this extra level to Dr. Stanton learned:
“These scripts were written later. We didn’t get all 10 episodes when we took the job. I think we got the first four or the first three and then they came out one after the other and it was always just a shock. And I would say, ‘Mike! What do you do? Oh my God!’ It was super exciting to think that I had this very mysterious other layer to myself. But we obviously didn’t hype it up at all because it was a surprise. We wanted it to be a surprise.”
As for what this surprise really means, Langenkamp confirmed what she said about Dr. Stanton hints:
“So the fact that I’m bald in the last frame of my scene there is obviously meant to indicate that I also have cancer. And I don’t think it’s going to be shocking — I mean, it’s shocking that I have cancer, but if you actually think about how I’ve been acting throughout the series, it’s going to be, ‘Oh, I see. ‘”
When asked if Dr. Stanton is good or bad, Langenkamp didn’t give us a clear answer. In fact, she’s convinced that Flanagan isn’t even sure which path the character is taking.
“I think the music should make you wonder who she is. But I don’t think it’s given away yet. I don’t even know if Mike knows. I think he thinks he knows, but I don’t think he knows.”
Langenkamp laughed, adding, “Today he might think she’s fine, and tomorrow he might wake up and be like, ‘No, I don’t think I like that idea.'”
There’s no word yet on whether Netflix will go ahead with a second season of the show, but hopefully that announcement will arrive soon. While we wait, be sure to check out Langenkamp’s episode of Collider Ladies Night, which covers her journey from there A nightmare on Elm Street to The Midnight Club under:
https://collider.com/the-midnight-club-ending-heather-langenkamp-comments-dr-stanton/ Heather Langenkamp on That Dr. Stanton Reveal