by Naina Biswas ‘23
Published Nov. 11th, 2020
Two years following the release of the critically acclaimed Netflix series, The Haunting of Hill House, the subsequent series The Haunting of Bly Manor was recently released. This series features a largely new cast as they tell a tragic ghost story laced with romance that takes place in a haunted house.
Since the success of Mike Flanigan’s The Haunting of Hill House which released in 2018, fans have been on their toes, waiting to be spooked again. The wait ended on October 9th when Netflix released its sister show, The Haunting of Bly Manor.
Though they are both part of the same franchise, the audience can expect an entirely different plot, setting, and characters in the second show. Fans can also look forward to seeing a few of their favorite cast members from the previous show and many new cast members come together to tell a petrifying story.
Consisting of nine episodes (each ranging from 45-66 minutes), The Haunting of Bly Manor is a gothic romance that tells the story of Dani (Victoria Pedretti), a young woman who moves to London from the United States. During her stay, she gets a permanent job as an au pair for two orphaned children, Miles (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) and Flora (Amelie Bea Smith) at Bly Manor. There, she befriends the rest of the manor’s staff: Owen (Rahul Kohli), Hannah (T’Nia Miller), and Jamie (Amelia Eve).
As time passes, a beautiful, yet “doomed-from-the-start” romance blossoms between Dani and Jamie. Throughout the series, every character is faced with the manor’s horrors, most of which attack each character individually based on their respective trepidations. The series consists of plot twists that blow the audience’s mind and keeps them engaged as they try to anticipate what’s coming next.
Though the horror presented throughout the show isn’t realistic, the characters’ personalities and struggles are what make them relatable to viewers. Furthermore, the romance storyline between Dani and Jamie makes the audience’s hearts ache as they watch the depiction of such a selfless love on screen.