The Addams Family spin-off Wednesday made a splash after its premiere on Netflix last Wednesday. But one topic that has dominated fandom discourse is the queer-coding that a few characters have, particularly Wednesday’s roommate-turned-best-friend Enid Sinclair. A question that keeps coming up is: does “wolfing out” mean “coming out of the closet”? Some fans have taken Enid Sinclair’s inability to shift to her wolf form as a metaphor for hiding her sexuality. For many fans shipping #WenClair (a portmanteau of Wednesday’s first name and Enid’s last name), there are so many clues in the show that prove that Enid Sinclair is queer.
Warning: Some Wednesday spoilers ahead!
That conversation with her mother
During Parents’ Weekend at Nevermore, it wasn’t only Wednesday dreading to see her nauseatingly in-love parents. Enid was too, but for a completely different reason. Enid’s relationship with her mother is particularly strained because of Enid’s inability to wolf out. She also tells her mom: “I hope you can accept me for who I am,” prompting fans to believe it’s another clue to her sexuality.
there’s just no way enid’s storyline of not being able to wolf out didn’t have underlying meanings… her parents literally wanted to send her to “lyncanthropy conversion camp” and you’re telling me that DOESN’T mean something more
— wednesday spoilers (@eIIiealves) November 26, 2022
Conversion therapy for wolves
Enid’s mother also brings up the topic of conversion therapy during the summer. Of course, in the show, her mom wants her to be converted into a proper wolf who can shift, but in the werewolf community, a wolf who can shift is what is considered to be normal, as opposed to Enid’s initial status.
When she was talking to her mother about the camps I felt like it had a double meaning kinda? Like conversion therapy camp, her mother wanting Enid to be “normal”.
— callaster/solace (@Sadf1re) November 24, 2022
Though other fans also noted that the conversion therapy is meant to make Enid wolf out, hence come out of the closet, if we’re sticking to the metaphor. So some parts of this metaphor are a little confusing, as one fan described it.
Kissing a boy “helps”
Whenever Enid kisses a boy (e.g. Ajax), she always ends up unconsciously pulling her claws out. Some say it’s because she’s excited, but others think that it’s the opposite. Enid tells Ajax that kissing “is helping” her prevent herself from bringing her claws out and wolfing out, which some fans understood as helping her prevent from coming out.
secondly, the painfully long make out scene. this is where enid says “but this is HELPING” as in help prevent herself from wolfing out. and with that being a queer metaphor throughout the entire show, she’s basically saying kissing him distracts her from her true feelings. pic.twitter.com/tT9Tjg6ZNe
— aibo࿐ WEDNESDAY SPOILERS (@elbitchin) November 23, 2022
She wolfs out when she goes after Wednesday
When does Enid finally get to wolf out? It’s when she runs after Wednesday in an effort to save her from danger.
thirdly, guess when she actually manages to fully turn for the first time? that’s right, when she leaves ajax to go after wednesday!
so yes, i believe this is the start of enid coming to terms with herself, and this could be further explored in the second season. pic.twitter.com/NYqlhT5MF7
— aibo࿐ WEDNESDAY SPOILERS (@elbitchin) November 23, 2022
Her clothing looks like they’re hinting at something
Enid is often seen in loud, bold, and bright colors. And while anyone can wear colors like those, there are just some moments that make viewers just say that, yes, that’s definitely a queer code. In one scene, Enid wears a sweater featuring colors of the lesbian flag, which fans have taken to be quite a hint.
lesbian flag picked from enid sinclair because how can she be anything but a lesbian with this sweater 😞 pic.twitter.com/XNjBPgayBL
— not bobby 😵💫 (@ch4osmagic) November 23, 2022
That hug scene at the end
Fans also pointed out that the first person Enid looked for after she wolfed out was none other than Wednesday. And upon seeing her alive and safe, she runs up to her to hug her. Fans also noted that this was one of the handful of times Wednesday became emotional, the others being her scorpion’s death when she was younger and Thing’s near-death earlier in the season.
The way Wednesday was reluctant at first but after looking into Enid’s teary eyes she could see the tremendous worry & affection she held for her and choose to embrace Enid. An act not even her family receives, which tells us how much Enid means to her #wenclair #wednesdaynetflix pic.twitter.com/67bhabgvif
— Rise★ (@CrimRising) November 24, 2022
She just has more chemistry with Wednesday
Plus, other than her family, Enid is the first person Wednesday opened up to. Enid is the first real connection outside of her family that Wednesday nurtured and treasured.
The Wednesday and Enid moments truly stole the show with every scene. Their chemistry was undeniable. Whether them remain as friends or become something more in the future, I love these two together!!!!! #wenclair #wednesdaynetflix
— Mewo (@Mewo51) November 23, 2022
The actress even hints at it
In an interview with Elite Daily, actress Emma Myers even seemed to be hinting at the queer-coding of her character. Apparently, it’s a sort of inside joke between her and Wednesday’s actress Jenna Ortega during filming.
“You know what I always say: And they were roommates,” she says, which is a reference to the popular LGBTQ+ meme. “Jenna and I would say that all the time to each other. And that’s all that needs to be said — I think that gets the message across.”
“i think that gets the message across” JENNA ORTEGA AND EMMA MYERS KNOW THAT WEDNESDAY AND ENID ARE QUEERCODED pic.twitter.com/ig6hHNiZWK
— ab | wednesday spoilers (@dykevillain) November 23, 2022