Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House quite literally shook us to our core. And now, the streaming service is gearing up for season two of the anthology series, titled The Haunting of Bly Manor.
Netflix just released a first look at the all-new episodes, which are supposed to be even scarier than season one. *Gulp* Here’s everything you need to know about The Haunting of Hill House season two.
1. When does it premiere?
Netflix recently announced that The Haunting of Bly Manor will premiere on October 9. *Clears schedule*
2. How do I watch?
Season two will be exclusively available on Netflix, so ready thy logins.
3. How many episodes are in season two?
Similar to season one, the new installment will consist of ten episodes.
4. What's it about?
The second season will be based on Henry James’s horror novella The Turn of the Screw, which tells the story of a governess who becomes convinced that the grounds are haunted.
5. Who's starring in it?
Both Victoria Pedretti (Nell Crain) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Luke Crain) are set to return for The Haunting of Bly Manor. Pedretti will play the Governess, Dani, while Jackson-Cohen will portray Peter, a former employee. Henry Thomas (young Hugh Crain) will also return for season two, though no further details about his role have been released.
Series creator Mike Flanagan also confirmed that Kate Siegel, who portrayed Theo Crain, will join the series in an unknown role. Catherine Parker, who played ghost Poppy Hill, will also return, and newcomers T’Nia Miller (Years and Years), Rahul Kohli (iZombie) and Amelia Eve (Enterprice) will round out the cast.
6. Is it a continuation of season one?
Not really. Flanagan previously revealed that while there’s no direct connection, it will feature references to season one.
“There’s not a narrative connection, but there are little Easter eggs, for sure, not only in small details but in moments of dialogue and in some of the ideas from Hill House,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “There are definitely going to be things that will set off that little dopamine rush that those kinds of connections create, but it’s not a direct connection from a story point of view.”
Not to mention, season two is pegged to be scarier than season one. (Just let that sink in.) “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,” Flanagan said. “I already think it’s much scarier than season one, so I’m very excited about it.”
7. Will it feature hidden ghosts?
Answer: Yes. Flanagan also admitted that they’re planning on incorporating an interactive aspect—similar to how viewers were encouraged to re-watch the series and spot all the ghosts hidden throughout the house.
“We’re having an enormous amount of fun talking about how to take some of the ideas from season one about hidden ghosts and things like that, and find new gears for them this time,” he said. “It’ll be the same type of story, and we’ll treat the ghosts very much the same way.”
8. Is there a trailer?
Absolutely. Netflix recently released a first look at the new episodes, which take place in England in the ’80s. The story follows a young nanny (Pedretti), who unearths chilling secrets about her new residence.
“I have a story,” the voiceover says. “A ghost story.”