Created and directed by Mike Flanagan, Netflix’s supernatural horror/drama anthology tv series, Haunting of The Hill House, is loosely based on Shirley Jackson’s novel of the same name. The series, which premiered its first season in October 2018, is centered around the Crain family who move into a new house to renovate it. Soon, they learn that the mansion they live in is haunted by all kinds of spirits. The family is forced to leave the house to escape the haunting but even after 26 years, the ghosts keep plaguing the family. The first season was well-received by the critics who praised the fresh take on the horror genre.
In October 2018, showrunner Mike Flanagan stated that the story of the Crain family won’t be continued further. This ignited speculation on whether a season 2 was canceled. But Netflix quashed the rumors by announcing the second season of the horror drama in 2019. The streaming giants confirmed that the series would continue as an anthology, meaning each season will follow different stories and characters and that the second series would be named ‘Haunting of Bly Manor’.
While Netflix hasn’t announced a release date yet, reports suggest that ‘Haunting of Bly Manor’ would release somewhere this year. The shooting of the second season has completed and development of it won’t be affected by the current pandemic as series director, Mike Flanagan confirmed that the post-production is on schedule.
Not many details regarding the plot of the upcoming season have been released yet. What we do know is, season 2 will be adapted from Henry James’ famous horror novella ‘The Turn of The Screw’. The original story follows a governess who looks after two children in a huge house at a remote location. There, things start happening that forces her to question her own sanity as paranoia and mistrust sets in.
However, aspects of other Henry James horror stories will also be added to the series. We assume that while ‘The Turn of The Screw’ will act as the backbone of the story, stories such as ‘The Jolly Corner’ or ‘The Romance of Certain Old Clothes’ will constitute the whole structure of the storyline.
Although characters from the first season won’t be making any appearances in the next one, we can affirm that some of the cast from the previous season will be returning.
Victoria Pedretti, who played Nell in the debut season will be playing Dani, the governess who takes care of two children.
Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Luke from the first season, will be returning at the Bly Manor to play Peter, a charming young guy.
Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, and Catherine Parker will also feature in the upcoming season, though their roles have been kept a secret. Additionally, viewers will get to see new faces joining the cast as well, with Amelia Smith and Benjamin Ainsworth playing the children whom the governess will be looking after.
In a Twitter post, series creator Mike Flanagan also declared that unlike the initial season, which was completely directed by him, season 2 will have multiple directors helming episodes. New horror directors such as Yolanda Ramke and Ben Howling, Ciarán Foy, Liam Gavin, and Axelle Carolyn will be given charge of episodes.
Fans waiting for the trailer of the second season will have to keep patience as a trailer hasn’t been released yet. Though fans can check out the reveal teaser here: