The Blend of Drama and Horror Haunting of Bly Manor

Mike Flanagan’s The Haunting of Bly Manor is an American gothic romance/drama streaming television miniseries that will premiere on Netflix on October 9, 2020. It is primarily an adaptation of Henry James’ 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw, but it also contains other elements based on James’ other works or created specifically for the show; it is also the second instalment in Flanagan’s The Haunting anthology series, following 2018’s The Haunting of Hill House. It has a lot of the same staff and some of the same cast as Hill House, but the two series’ plots are unrelated.

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What the Haunting of Bly Manor is All About?

The Haunting of Hill House was the first season of what we’ll regard to as Netflix’s Haunting series for the time being. The plot bounced between two time periods to depict the storey of the Crain family, based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novella. The Crains came into Hill House in the summer of 1992 with the intention of restoring and flipping the house. Inside, they were subjected to a slew of paranormal horrors, one of which resulted in their mother’s death, while the others managed to depart with their lives intact for the time being.

Years later, the remaining family members are constantly haunted by both metaphorical and actual ghosts from their past, despite the fact that the children have grown up.

Carla Gugino portrayed Olivia Crain, Henry Thomas portrayed Hugh Crain, Paxton Singleton portrayed Steven Crain, Lulu Wilson portrayed Shirley Crain, Mckenna Grace portrayed Theo (with the supernatural touch), Julian Hilliard portrayed Luke Crain, and Violet McGraw portrayed Nell Crain.

Timothy Hutton played Hugh, Michiel Huisman played Steven, Elizabeth Reaser played Shirley, Kate Siegel played Theo, Oliver Jackson-Cohen played Luke, and Victoria Pedretti played Nell in the later timeline.

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How Was The Making of Haunting of Bly Manor

“I don’t want to speculate too much on season two until Netflix, Paramount, and Amblin let us know whether they want one,” Flanagan stated in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in October 2018 about The Haunting of Hill House. What I will say is that, as far as I’ve ever been concerned, the Crain family’s tale has been told. It’s finished.

Netflix announced a follow-up series to Hill House on February 21, 2019. The Haunting of Bly Manor is based on Henry James’ novel The Turn of the Screw. Though it would be a sequel to The Haunting of Hill House, it would be a stand-alone storey, with “no dramatic link between The Haunting of Bly Manor and its predecessor,” according to the description. Although The Turn of the Screw is the most famous source for the adaptation, the season also adapts (some more loosely) a number of James works, including “The Romance of Certain Old Clothes” and “The Jolly Corner,” some of which have never been adapted before.


Episode 1

A woman attends a wedding rehearsal dinner in Northern California in 2007. She relates the narrative of an au pair, which takes place in London in 1987. Henry Wingrave hires Dani Clayton, an American native, to watch after his niece and nephew in their Bly estate. Dani arrives with the cook, Owen, and meets the kids, Miles and Flora, as well as Hannah Grose, the housekeeper, and Jamie, the gardener. Dani ignores Flora’s warning not to leave her room late at night.

Episode 2

Dani informs the kids that she understands why they locked her in the closet, but she doesn’t accept their narrative. Miles’ behaviour becomes progressively unpredictable in a flashback to his prep school days—picking fights, murdering small animals—and he gets expelled.

Episode 3

The ghost Dani saw earlier is revealed to be Peter Quint, who works with Henry and meets Rebecca Jessel when she interviews for the au pair post a year ago. They start dating each other. Flora presents Rebecca with the doll she created of herself.

Episode 4

Dani is engaged to Edmund, a childhood buddy, in flashbacks. Edmund realises Dani does not want to marry him one night on a date, and the two argue in the car. Edmund is running out of the automobile, enraged, when he is ran over and killed by a truck. At the hospital, a horrified Dani sees Edmund’s spectre for the first time and decides to flee the country without telling anybody.

Episode 5

Hannah skips back and forth between real and imagined occurrences, such as the day she interviewed Owen for the cook post, the night of the bonfire when he offers to take her to Paris, and the time of Rebecca’s employment at the estate, when Hannah saw Peter stealing from the Wingraves.

Episode 6

Henry was having an affair with his brother Dominic’s wife Charlotte before their deaths, and is Flora’s biological father, according to flashbacks. Dominic cuts relations with Henry after deducing this, reasserting himself as Flora’s father and prohibiting Henry from contacting the family.

Episode 7

Peter learns the mechanics of being a ghost at Bly Manor in flashbacks; he can possess the living for a limited time, but can do so permanently if welcomed. If a ghost stays in Bly Manor for too long, they will lose their sense of self as well as their face.

Episode 8

Willoughby, the owner of Bly Manor, died centuries ago, leaving his two daughters, Viola and Perdita, orphaned. To Perdita’s dismay, Viola marries their distant cousin Arthur Lloyd, despite Perdita’s emotions for Lloyd. Viola develops a lung condition after giving birth to her daughter Isabel. She refuses to receive her last rites, stating that she “will not depart.” As her illness worsens, she becomes bitter and enraged, and she becomes increasingly alienated from her family, seeking for her daughter.

Episode 9

Flora intercepts Viola as she drags Dani by the throat. Viola thinks Flora reminds her of Isabel, so she drags her to the lake and drowns her. Dani saves Flora by allowing Viola’s ghost to take up residence in her body for the rest of her life, freeing all the trapped souls who had perished in the mansion over the centuries.

Wrapping Up

The Haunting of Bly Manor has an average rating of 7.26/10 on review aggregate Rotten Tomatoes, with 87 percent of 94 critics giving it a positive review.

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