“Sometimes my thinking is a bit cloudy – I accept that.”
When Annie Wilkes delivers the above line in “Misery,” she is speaking frankly, hyper-aware of her own mental instability. However, she preemptively imprisons the beloved author as a modern Scheherazade, forcing him to rewrite her next novel to her satisfaction – or otherwise. That “wandering” is what led to Annie stalking Paul in the first place, then abducting him, and then limping away from him. But the madness doesn’t start with Sheldon.
At the end of the film, Paul snoops and opens one of Annie’s scrapbooks, which is how he learns that Wilkes is an angel nurse who has been dubbed the “Dragon Lady” by the press. She killed a lot of people, either as a means to an end or simply because she was an infant killer maniac. This revelation creates an even greater sense of urgency for Paul to escape the remaining stage before he becomes her next victim; at this point, she brandished a pistol in front of him and threatened to add more ammo as he inevitably healed his impact wounds.
Prior to that disclosure, a page was briefly displayed in the scrapbook containing a newspaper article announcing the death of banker Carl Wilkes along with a Father’s Day card and a funeral memorial card. The article described the death as a “monstrous accident” that left his mangled body at the bottom of the stairs, discovered by his 11-year-old daughter Annie. Bates and Reiner give her a reasonable incentive to put his body there in the first place. King’s novel deals with Carl Wilkes, and although he died in a tragic fall of the stairs, Annie is still credited with the big scuffle.
Now – as Kathy Bates will tell – we know why.
https://www.slashfilm.com/960470/there-was-more-to-kathy-bates-misery-character-than-the-audience-saw-on-screen/ Kathy Bates’ miserable character is more than what audiences see on screen