Everything We Know About Season 3 of Netflix’s ‘The Haunting of…’

Leah Marilla Thomas
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Photo credit: EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX - Netflix
Photo credit: EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX - Netflix

From Cosmopolitan

Hello, people! Halloween season is upon us, and thankfully, The Haunting of Hill House has a follow-up sequel series in Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor, with several members of the original cast playing new spooky roles in this new spooky story. You’re gonna wanna keep the party going after you finish watching, so here is everything we know about The Haunting of… season 3. You can come out from under the blanket—what we do and don’t know isn’t that scary.

Sooo, has the series been renewed for a third season yet?

The Haunting of… has not officially been renewed by Netflix yet, although honestly, that doesn’t seem to matter these days—Netflix has been taking spooky season a bit too literally and ax-murdering its original programming. The company reversed its decision on shows like GLOW and The Society, which had both been renewed in 2019, and canceled them. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to throw the future of entertainment into whack.

Netflix initially renewed The Haunting of Hill House as an anthology series with a repertory cast like American Horror Story, per Variety, and signed a multiyear deal with creators Mike Flanagan and executive producer Trevor Macy. That makes it seem like the streaming service initially intended for the show to last several seasons, but take that with a grain of salt.

There is plenty of hope for more Haunting. This is a mega-popular series with a relatively small cast. Not to be flippant, but the characters in ghost stories are basically self-quarantined in their haunted houses, right? If any show is safe to film in this climate, one would think it would be this one. Maybe??? IDK. Wishful thinking.

When would we get The Haunting of… season 3?

So, that’s a good question. Flanagan is already working on an adaptation of the 1994 young adult novel The Midnight Club for Netflix as well as a series called Midnight Mass. This is not connected to or part of the Hill House and Bly Manor anthology. But it does mean there might be some time before Flanagan’s schedule is freed up for more Haunting. Basically, it could be a very long way down the road.

What gothic novel would The Haunting of… season 3 even be based on?

The first two seasons of the anthology are based on Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House and Henry James’s The Turn of The Screw, respectively. Those two books are pretty much always at the top of gothic horror and/or romance lists, and there are so many more classics in the genre that future seasons in the anthology could adapt.

So if you’ll allow me to use the law of attraction to send some ideas in the direction of Flanagan’s creative mind, season 3 could be The Haunting of Limmeridge House (based on Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White), The Haunting of Styria Forest (based on Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s vampire novella Carmilla), or even The Haunting of the Palais Garnier (based on Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera).

How else can I get my spooks on until season 3?

If you’re a Flanagan fan, you can stream Doctor Sleep on HBO Max or Before I Wake, Hush, and Gerald’s Game on Netflix. You could get really into reading ghost stories—or listening to them on tape like a DIY campfire—and come up with even more ideas than I did for season 3 and beyond.

Cross your fingers that we’ll hear good news about The Haunting of… season 3 soon. Just don’t do any rituals or anything. This might not be the time to summon spirits.

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