Hulus limited series Small fires everywhere begins where Celeste Ng's novel begins and ends: The Richardson House is crispy burned. Elena Richardson, played by Reese Witherspoon, looks at her house incredulously. Her youngest daughter Izzy (Megan Stott) disappeared without a trace, and everyone is convinced that she is the arsonist. After the first three episodes, one question remains: Why did Izzy set the fire? The series didn't give us a clear motive, but you can find answers in the book.
So far we know in the Hulu adaptation that the tensions between Elena and Izzy are at an all-time high. Izzy scolds her mother's straightforward ways. Bullied by school girls, she burns her hair, refuses to wear Elena's hand-picked clothes, and breaks out in class. Of everyone in Shaker Heights, Mia (Kerry Washington) sees Izzy as the artist.
We still have to see if the remaining five episodes will remain true to Ng's novel, but it would make sense if everything came to the same conclusion. In the book, Elena continues to sniff into Mia's background and ends up confronting her with surrogate motherhood and Perle's father. When Mia hears this, she pulls Pearl out of school and announces that they need to move away from Shaker Heights as soon as possible. Before all of this breaks down, Mia Izzy leaves with words about how people are like a prairie fire, that after burning, the soil gets richer and new things can grow.
Izzy soon learns that Mia has gone forever and is angry at how terrible her family was to the Warrens. Angry and inspired by Mia's last words, she sets fire to her family's beds without knowing that her mother was still in the house. She then goes to Pittsburgh hoping to find the Warrens and vows to leave the house if she gets caught. Elena, on the other hand, swears to continue looking for her daughter. In the coming weeks we will find out if this is actually the fiery end of the series.