American Horror Story has been a staple in my TV watching for nearly a decade now. I still remember watching season one with my dad in my senior year of high school and have not missed a season since. With that being said, I am thoroughly stoked that The Haunting of Hill House will now be on an incredibly similar approach to AHS. There will be a lot of changes to the show, including the title (Haunting of Bly Manor), but I can guarantee you now that Netflix will nail this anthology genre for one of the scariest shows that has ever been released.
Season two of Hill House/Bly Manor will be based around a governess and her two children. This Manor is apparently going to be very haunted, so we can expect many more horrifying scenes from the brilliant mind of Mike Flanagan. The story of Bly Manor apparently also comes from Henry James’ 1898 novel The Turn of the Screw, so many are anticipating what this season could revolve around. Bly Manor itself has been adapted many times already, and there will even be a film version (The Turning) of this same story being released to theaters in early 2020. A big part of The Turn of the Screw is that there is much debate over the actuality of the story, and many are unsure if it is more of a horror story with ghosts or a psychological thriller with the main character losing her mind. However, Flanagan also announced that they were looking at all of Henrey James’ ghost stories, so this plot could be intertwined with a mixture of other plots as well.
This cast is already stacked, and I don’t even think it’s remotely close to being final. Starring as our governess for season two will be Victoria Pedretti, who played Nell in season one. Returning alongside her will be Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Luke Crain, Nell’s brother), Kate Siegel (Theo Crain, one of Nell’s sisters), Catherine Parker (Ghost Poppy), and Henrey Thomas (Hugh Crain, Nell’s father). T’nia Miller, Rahul Kohli, and Amelia Eve have also all been cast for lead roles according to Flanagan, but no one can truly be certain of what those “lead roles” will actually entail.
Rumors and Other Information
The biggest news for The Haunting of Bly Manor is probably that it will be returning in 2020. It has also already been stated that the second installment of the horror anthology series will be “much scarier” than Hill House, which is quite a pedestal to already be claiming. In fact, the exact quote from Flanagan was, “It’s a cool way to expand on some of the things I loved about Season 1, but within the framework of a new story, without having to be restrained by the decisions we made last time. 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. I already think it’s much scarier than season one, so I’m very excited about it.”
There isn’t much else known outside of all that, but I really hope we see a few more characters returning from season one (particularly Carla Gugino and Michiel Huisman). Season two will no doubt be spectacular though, even if it only ends up being just as scary as season one. Be sure to check back regularly for more updates on The Haunting Anthology, and thanks for the read!