The Haunting of Hill House has officially been renewed for season 2 by Netflix, but in an intriguing twist it will actually be called The Haunting of Bly Manor, and will be based on Henry James' ghost story The Turn of the Screw. The first season of the series, which was created and directed by Mike Flanagan (Gerald's Game), was based on Shirley Jackson's novel of the same name. Now it seems that The Haunting will become an anthology series based on different famous ghost stories.
The critically acclaimed first season, The Haunting of Hill House, used Jackson's novel as the inspiration for a story about the Crain family, set in two different time periods. The first takes place in the past, when the Crain family moves into the strange and grand Hill House, and begins to experience supernatural goings-on that culminate in the shocking death of Olivia Crain, mother of the five Crain children. The second takes place in the present, as the now-adult Crain siblings are forced to confront what happened to them all those years ago, and eventually return to Hill House.
The Haunting of Hill House season 1 ended on a poignant note that seemed to wrap up the story, but also left open the possibility of a continuation. However, it seems that for the next season at least, Flanagan and co. will be moving on to a different haunted house - one that may be even more terrifying than the last.
- This Page: Bly Manor and The Turn of the Screw Explained
- Page 2: Previous Adaptations and How The Haunting Will Change the Story
Haunting Of Hill House Season 2 Is About Bly Manor
Given the success of the first season, it felt like a given that The Haunting of Hill House would get a season 2 order from Netflix. Sure enough, on February 21, 2019 - a little over four months since the release of season 1 - Netflix announced a second season with a teaser that featured a female voice whispering a passage from The Turn of the Screw: "The terrace and the whole place, the lawn and the garden beyond it, all I could see of the park, were empty with a great emptiness." Fans were invited to guess where the next haunting would take place, and once enough people had guessed correctly, the title of the new season was revealed: The Haunting of Bly Manor.
The official description of Bly Manor is that it's "a new chapter in the Haunting series" - strongly indicating that it will feature an entirely new collection of characters. It's possible, of course, that Flanagan will choose to bring back actors from Hill House in different roles, but no casting news has yet been confirmed.
The Turn Of The Screw's Story Explained
Published in 1898, The Turn of the Screw is among the most famous works of British author Henry James. The "turn of the screw" in the title of James' novella refers to the "particular touch" of awfulness that having a child involved in a ghost story adds, since children are so much more vulnerable than adults. In the novella's opening, a group of people are gathered around a fire telling a story, and someone tells a tale in which a ghost appears to a child. The next in line to tell a story says, "If the child gives the effect another turn of the screw, what do you say to two children—?" The gathered listeners respond by ghoulishly demanding to hear the story.
In this grim tale, a young woman is hired to be the governess to two orphaned children: the sweet-natured Flora, and the older and somewhat troubled Miles, who has been expelled from school because of behavioral problems. The governess quickly develops feelings of great protectiveness towards the children, and is horrified when she begins to see apparitions of a man and a woman about the grounds of Bly, the residence where she has been hired to work. As she begins to delve into the identities of these two ghosts, she realizes that they have a particular fixation on Flora and Miles, and are seemingly determined to corrupt the children's innocence. Needless to say, it seems like the perfect story to continue the themes of The Haunting of Hill House.