Joseph Viles
April 05, 2015 11:00 PM

Lifetime aired the third and penultimate installment of V.C. Andrews’s Flowers in the Attic saga on Sunday night, and the Internet naturally freaked out.

Thorns flashes forward on Flowers‘ incestuous (but deeply in love!) siblings Cathy and Christopher Dollanganger Sheffield (Rachael Carpani and Jason Lewis) to find them grown-up, married and stalked by their mother Corrine (Heather Graham), who vengefully begins to turn Cathy’s youngest child Bart (Mason Cook) – who was conceived through an affair with Corrine’s late husband Bart Winslow (Dylan Bruce) – against his parents. Only, Corrine doesn’t realize her butler John Amos (Mackenzie Gray) has his own secret agenda for her twisted clan, which leads to a fatal, fiery climax similar to Petals on the Wind, the series’s preceding installment.

Did you get all that? No worries, viewers didn’t really either. Though Lifetime aired the first two TV movies over the last 14 months, Thorns was consistently met with a resounding “Whaaaaaaat?!” from Tweeters, who simply were not prepared for the subject matter or Andrews’s labyrinthine plot – or at least the parts of it that Lifetime’s teleplay didn’t change.

Below, we’ve chosen some of the most intense and amusing reactions.

Heather Graham (as Corrine Winslow) in If There Be Thorns
James Dittiger

And this just in

The fourth and final Flowers in the Attic movie, Seeds of Yesterday, airs Sunday, April 12, at 8 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

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