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Episode #1.6 

Hester has grown increasingly certain that her vengeful husband's behind the disappearances and is coming after her. As she prepares to flee, the arrival of Sara's guardian provides conclusive proof of Mrs Appleyard's lies. As Hester travels to the Hanging Rock, we finally learn all that led to her demise. The haunted past she ran from, and the secret lives of the missing college girls.


Michael Rymer


Beatrix Christian, Joan Lindsay (novel)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Natalie Dormer ... Mrs. Appleyard
Lily Sullivan ... Miranda Reid
Lola Bessis ... Mademoiselle Dianne de Poitiers
Harrison Gilbertson ... Michael Fitzhubert
Samara Weaving ... Irma Leopold
Madeleine Madden ... Marion Quade
Inez Currõ ... Sara Waybourne
Ruby Rees Ruby Rees ... Edith
Yael Stone ... Dora Lumley
Philip Quast ... Arthur
Marcus Graham ... Tomasetti
James Hoare ... Albert Crundall
Mark Coles Smith ... Tom
Don Hany ... Dr. Mackenzie
Jonny Pasvolsky ... Sgt Bumpher


Dora and Reg perish in a fire, after which charred bodies are found at the rock whilst Sara's corpse is discovered at the school. Hester believes that Arthur, the husband she left behind along with her criminal past in England, has followed her and used the vanishings as his revenge on her but Tomasetti tells her he is dead. Aware that her lies have caught up with her she travels to the rock, where Sara saw the missing pupils partake in a sisterly vow. It does not solve the mystery of the girls who disappeared but adds another death to the tally of the departed. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

25 May 2018 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?


Natalie Dormer has said that her character, Hester Appleyard, stayed with her for a long time after the series had finished filming. See more »


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Based on a true story?
3 July 2018 | by biggus-35954See all my reviews

I don't think so. It is based on a work of fiction that is written as if it was a true story. The series was more colourful than the movie, and possibly slightly less confusing. I preferred the series to the movie, but then again, I didn't like the movie much.

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