‘Nine Perfect Strangers’: 1 Fan Theory Suggests Masha Is Threatening Herself

At its core, Nine Perfect Strangers is a series about trauma and grief — and how far people are willing to go to alleviate both. However, the Hulu show also presented viewers with a central mystery when Masha (Nicole Kidman) began receiving anonymous threats on her life. The leader of Tranquillum House has made a number of enemies, both in her former and present profession. That gives viewers plenty to speculate about when it comes to her ominous messages. One Nine Perfect Strangers fan theory even posits that Masha herself might be behind the whole thing.

Who is threatening Masha on ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’?

Nicole Kidman as Masha in Hulu's Nine Perfect Strangers. She's sitting at a desk with her hands clasped together, and she's looking sideways thinking. Fans have more than 1 theory about who's threatening her.
Nicole Kidman in Hulu’s ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ | Vince Valitutti/Hulu

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When it comes to who’s threatening Masha on Nine Perfect Strangers, there’s more than one fan theory that would make sense. Kidman’s character is open about the fact that she accumulated enemies while working in the corporate world. Someone was even angry enough to shoot her back then, permanently altering the course of her life.

The Hulu series also reveals that Masha faced legal trouble far more recently — seemingly the result of a retreat gone wrong. Although viewers aren’t clued in on what happened, Delilah (Tiffany Boone) suggests a former guest’s family members aren’t too pleased with her boss, even if the court did rule in her favor.

Of course, Delilah herself remains a suspect, if only because she and Masha have had some tense disagreements in the first four episodes. Nine Perfect Strangers Episode 4 ends with Delilah vaguely threatening her boss if she’s excluded from major decisions again.

Because the show seems to heavily point to Delilah, however, fans aren’t convinced she’s the culprit. In fact, one viewer thinks Masha might even be responsible for the situation.

This fan theory suggests Nicole Kidman’s character could be in control

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Nine Perfect Strangers is all about confronting trauma, and one fan theory suggests Masha might be doing just that. Could the leader of Tranquillum House be enacting some type of roleplay scenario with the death threats? One Redditor seems to think so:

“Hear me out, what if the stalking, death threats, etc. [are] being orchestrated for her to confront her worst fears and work through her trauma of being shot? The staff is sending the texts, videos and vandalized her room. And she is also microdosing.”

This would mark a bizarre turn of events for the Hulu show, but then, stranger things have happened. Masha regularly boasts about how “suffering” is the key to healing. She also wonders if she “invited” this evil into her life, an interesting choice of words.

It seems like a long shot that Yao (Manny Jacinto) and Delilah would be in on such a plan. However, they have proven themselves steadfastly loyal to Masha, and much of what goes on at Tranquillum House appears to be “orchestrated.”

Will ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ end in tragedy?

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Nine Perfect Strangers fans will have to wait to see if this theory about Masha is true. If so, it bodes well for the characters and their chances at a happy ending. Right now, the Hulu series is just as likely to end in tragedy — especially if an outside party is truly behind Masha’s anonymous messages.

Liane Moriarty’s novel of the same name — which the show is based on — doesn’t include this particular storyline. In that sense, it stands to surprise viewers. And you can bet the writers are dropping clues about how things will end. Fans can look for those in the first four episodes of Nine Perfect Strangers, which are currently streaming on Hulu.