Hidden Details, Easter Eggs, And Skillful Foreshadowing Fans Noticed In Netflix's 'Midnight Mass'

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Vote up the best finds and foreshadowing for the Netflix miniseries.

Warning: Spoilers

Director Mike Flanagan's Midnight Mass is a limited series about a small fishing community that begins to witness "miracles" after the arrival of a mysterious priest. And much like Flanagan's other works, it's a masterclass study in modern-day horror and classic storytelling.

After several rewatches, fans noticed a handful of small details, bits of foreshadowing, and hidden Easter eggs throughout the series, including handfuls of references to his previous projects. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Mike Flanagan even stated:

I want all of [my projects] to just be a big ball of rubber bands by the time we're done. Just impossible to extricate from each other.

Here are a few finds fans shared. Vote up the small hints and hidden details that made you say, "Amen."


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    59 VOTES

    Riley's Bookshelf

    Riley's Bookshelf
    Photo: Midnight Mass / Netflix

    Riley Flynn's (Zach Gilford) childhood room is filled with Stephen King books, a major influence on the director Mike Flanagan's work. Among the paperbacks sits a copy of Salem's LotMidnight Mass is often credited as an homage to King's classic vampire novel.

    The two have collaborated together in the past on the movie Doctor Sleep and often praise each other on social media:

     

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    67 VOTES

    Director Cameo

    Director Cameo
    Photo: Midnight Mass / Netflix

    Director Mike Flanagan makes a brief appearance in Midnight Mass in an early scene featuring a group of boys riding their bikes through the town. Flanagan can be spotted enjoying a cup of coffee on a porch. 

    He is later spotted trying to help Monsignor Pruitt on his trip.

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    Previous Monsters

    Previous Monsters
    Photo: Netflix / Netflix

    In Midnight Mass, Bev Keane (Samantha Sloyan) is seen picking up mail from a mailbox marked "Joubert." This is a reference to Raymond Andrew Joubert (Carel Struycken), AKA the Moonlight Man, a serial killer who terrorizes Jessie (Carla Gugino) in Gerald's Game.

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    149 VOTES

    Who Killed Pike?

    Who Killed Pike?
    Photo: Midnight Mass / Netflix

    Joe Collie's dog, Pike, dies in Episode 2 from poisoning, which the town thinks was a horrible accident. But in a brief moment before, a flash of a skirt and a hand can be seen giving the dog a hot dog. The skirt pattern matches the dress worn by Bev Keane (Samantha Sloyan), who had previous issues with the dog.

    This sets up Bev's intent and her experience with using poisons, as seen later when she poisons Father Paul Pruitt (Hamish Linklater) and most of the town.

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    62 VOTES

    A Familiar Voice

    A Familiar Voice
    Photo: Midnight Mass / Netflix

    While he in court for his drunk driving incident, Riley Flynn (Zach Gilford) faces an unseen judge who is heard by the audience but not seen. The judge's voice was provided by Carla Gugino, who also starred in Mike Flanagan's The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, and Gerald's Game.

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    49 VOTES

    A Very Specific Song For Key Scenes

    A Very Specific Song For Key Scenes
    Photo: Midnight Mass / Netflix

    From Redditor u/JFX37:

    In Midnight Mass (2021), the same hymn is used in two key moments of the show: "Nearer, My God, to Thee."

    The hymn is played both when Riley dies at sunrise and during the final scene in the show when the island dies. This song has a long history for being associated with death.

    It is believed that this was the final song played on the Titanic before it sank. Ted Turner is quoted for saying at the launch of CNN: "We won't be signing off until the world ends. ... We'll be ... covering it live. ... [And] when the end of the world comes, we'll play 'Nearer My God to Thee' before we sign off."

    Watch the video here.

    It has been played at the funerals of four presidents: McKinley, Garfield, Harding, and Ford.