With the much-loved horror series being renewed for a second season, this time titled THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, which will be released on Netflix this week, we thought we’d go through everything you need to know about the upcoming series.
What Happened In the End of Haunting of Hill House?
If you were a fan of Hill house and are looking forward to tapping into Bly Manor, here’s a little catch up for you…
In the final episode, the Crain family once again arrives at the house, where Luke has arrived with the intention of burning it down. The house stops him and leads him to the mysterious Red Room, where the house makes him poison himself with a needle in his arm. One by one, each surviving member of the family is drawn to the Red Room, where they’re forced to confront their own demons.
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It becomes clear that the Red Room changes its purpose for each member of the family, a fact which is revealed by the ghost of Nell who returns to save each of her family members from their respective nightmares and inform them that they had all loved each other completely.
The full story of the night of their mother’s death is told – and it becomes clear that Hugh must sacrifice himself in order to let his children escape in order to appease the ghosts of the house.
The surviving family members overcome all the grievances with each other which had come to light throughout the series and the season ends two years in the future, with the siblings celebrating Luke’s sobriety.
Check out the trailer for The Haunting of Bly Manor below:
How Does The Haunting of Hill House Connect to The Haunting of Bly Manor?
Short Answer: The Haunting of Hill House DOES NOT connect to the Haunting Of Bly Manor. The two series are completely separate standalone stories with different characters and different settings.
The first season was loosely based on Shirley Jackson’s classic haunted house tale, but Bly Manor is based on the work of another horror classic, Henry James’ ‘The Turn of The Screw’.
“For Henry James fans, it’s going to be pretty wild, and for people who aren’t familiar with his work, it’s going to be unbelievably scary,” Mike Flanagan told Birth.Movies.Death.
Long answer: The two seasons are still linked in ways. Flanagan, who created the original series is once again the showrunner for this new series. The series will be shared by other directors however.
Yolanda Ramke, Ben Howling, Ciarán Foy, Liam Gavin, and Axelle Carolyn are some of the new talents that will be collaborating with Flanagan.
Many of the stars also return to play different characters, including Victoria Pedretti (Nell) Oliver Jackson-Cohen is (Luke) and Henry Thomas (Hugh). So it’s an American Horror Story type deal.
Despite it being ‘a second series’ you don’t need to have watched Hill House if you’re eager to delve into Bly Manor this spooky season.
Of course, we would highly recommend watching Hill House to experience one of the best horror series on Netflix.