Ghosts are secrets. Here we go. But James’s story is about how memory and devotion to the dead keep them alive, in a way. But I can feel it. “The Alter of the Dead”—episode five: Speaking, as we were, of Hulu’s Castle Rock, this brilliant standout episode centered on T’Nia Miller’s Hannah skips and loops through time—much like Castle Rock’s Sissy Spacek showcase, “The Queen.” But premise similarities aside, Miller makes this episode all her own with a charming assist from Kohli. Ad Choices, How nine Henry James stories inform Netflix’s densely packed follow-up to. Warning: This post contains spoilers for The Haunting of Bly Manor. All nine episodes of The Haunting of Bly Manor hit Netflix this weekend, just in time to send spooky-season chills all the way down your spine. The Haunting of Bly Manor is finally out on Netflix and the nine-episode series has us obsessed. In the series, though, the governess and the uncle have names—Dani Clayton and Henry Wingrave—and instead of the 1890s, we’re in the 1980s. This spooky, gothic Henry James story is adapted fairly directly. Now, Viola's faceless ghost emerges from the water at night, searching the manor for her daughter and killing anyone in her path, despite no longer having her memories. From the awards race to the box office, with everything in between: get the entertainment industry's must-read newsletter. As another famous governess once said, it’s a very good place to start. After she and Jamie move to start a new life in America, Dani increasingly sees visions of Viola in her reflection. The Haunting of Bly Manor was inspired by the work of author Henry James, including The Turn of the Screw, The Beast in the Jungle, and The Jolly Corner. She marries Viola's husband Arthur and looks after her daughter Isabel. “The Beast in the Jungle”—episode nine: There’s no mystery as to who the titular beast is in this episode. The clearest inspiration in play here is James’s most famous ghost story, The Turn of the Screw; Flanagan brought back Hill House stand-out Victoria Pedretti to play the show’s haunted governess. You have to live with yourself, and he’s a shit-grinning fucking monster.”. The Haunting of Hill House already established that ghosts in The Haunting series experience time in a different way than the living. I know it’s there. Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.nds. She's the daughter of the owner of Bly Manor, murdered centuries ago by her own sister, Perdita. The only problem is that this well-placed English woman also happens to be his former lover, whom he jilted. The result is a less obviously cheeky version of Hulu’s Stephen King mixtape Castle Rock. The audience understands Dani is gay, but poor dead bespectacled Edmund (Roby Attal) has no clue. Dani learns the previous governess, Rebecca, killed herself in the nearby lake. I can renounce you, but I can’t share you; the best of you is hers; I know what it is and I freely give you up to her for ever! "I believe that Dani's been with Jamie the whole time," Amelia Eve, who plays Jamie, said. "It comes in between the moment when Dani is about to strangle Jamie [under Viola's influence], and the moment when she leaves the next morning," Eve said. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated as of 1/1/21) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated as of 1/1/21) and Your California Privacy Rights. “The Romance of Certain Old Clothes”—episode eight: The most by-the-book departure from The Turn of the Screw comes in the shape of this standalone, black-and-white episode, which explains the origins of Bly’s vengeful lady of the lake (played by our final Hill House alum, and Flanagan’s real-life wife, Kate Siegel). In The Haunting of Hill House, the first in Mike Flanagan's horror anthology, Gugino played Olivia, the mother of the Crain family. While the dream-hopping that Hannah and the other Bly Manor ghosts experience doesn't happen in Hill House, one ghost is shown falling through time.. Nell Crain … In case you missed a few key details, here are some answers to Bly Manor's biggest mysteries and questions. But James’s The Alter of the Dead is also about love that comes too late, from the narrator’s long-lost love (who died before their wedding day) to the new woman he meets whom he cannot connect with, thanks to an old grudge he refuses to let go of. The Haunting of Bly Manor ’s dream-hopping conceit allows the dead and the possessed-living to jump from memory to memory, reliving key moments of their lives. She remains corporeal because she hasn't had that "moment" where she realizes she's dead, especially since she's around people who keep reaffirming who she thinks she is. (I also don’t think it’s a coincidence in this story that all the Black and brown characters are “staff.”). Hannah immediately reincarnates as a ghost, but continues to act like she's still alive, greeting Dani moments later. Read more: How Netflix's The Haunting of Bly Manor should have ended. And it’s waiting.”. But while The Turn of the Screw may be the spine of the series, Flanagan and his writers have fleshed out the nine episodes by remixing and riffing on several other James short stories and novellas. All products featured on Vanity Fair are independently selected by our editors. When it came time for the next installment in what could be Netflix’s answer to FX’s popular anthology American Horror Story, Flanagan and his writers turned to another master of dense psychological terror: 19th-century novelist Henry James. His ghost's glasses are seared with the yellow glare of the lights. Flanagan and his team are not nearly so heartless. Well, let’s just say the class structure had always been much more rigid in the U.K. Ghosts are regrets and failings. That really stayed with me.". If you're still entwined in the tragic The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix, crank up the Newton Brothers' score, because there's even more to steep yourself in… But in accepting Viola into her body, Dani dooms herself to Viola one day taking her over. They also only have partial memory of their time at Bly (only the good memories), making it easier to leave their lives in England behind. © 2021 Condé Nast. 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom' Is a Work of Art All The Ghosts In The Haunting of Bly Manor, Explained 'Bly' features a much bigger range of apparitions and scary visions than 'Haunting of Hill House.' Discussion threads can be closed at any time at our discretion. Nothing like that kind of guilt to drive you further into the 1980s closet. Or maybe it’s all in the governess’s head? Hannah appears to be special, able to hop into other people's memories. Viola's spirit emerges and kills Perdita. The Haunting of Hill House was released as a director's cut, including extra footage, so there's a chance the same will happen with Bly Manor. Especially alert viewers may have figured out the episode’s big twist—that Hannah has been dead all along—as soon as she started turning down any food or drink offered to her in episode one. The scene in which Peter dresses Rebecca up in her dead mistress’s furs? This fun showcase for Henry Thomas sees his character trapped in his office with a menacing, smiling doppelgänger. But in episode four, we learn the real reason Dani is on the run. She feels guilty over the death of her childhood sweetheart, who stepped directly into traffic after finding out that she didn’t love him the way he wanted her to and that she wouldn’t marry him. The Turn of the Screw, which has already been adapted a number of times for stage and screen, tells the ambiguous and creepy story of an unnamed governess (Pedretti) who is commissioned by an absent, unnamed uncle (Hill House alum Henry Thomas) to move to Bly Manor in the country. © 2021 CNET, A RED VENTURES COMPANY. Matching my movements. That foursome splits off into two romantic pairings, which we’ll get to next. I pity you, cause you have to live with him. “No passion had ever touched him,” James reflects. But another element working in The Turn of the Screw’s favor is the erotic charge of the forbidden affair between the ghostly Bly employees and how their passion, whether supernaturally or psychologically, infects the governess as she remains both fearful and protective of her young charges. The Lady in the Lake is the ghost of Viola Willoughby, played by Kate Siegel, aka Theo from Hill House. But The Haunting of Bly Manor is even less of a direct adaptation than Hill House. The pair, now dead, may be haunting the house, the children, or the governess herself. By the time he’s ready to bury the hatchet, it’s too late, and he dies in her arms with words of reconciliation on his lips. If you're still entwined in the tragic The Haunting of Bly Manor on Netflix, crank up the Newton Brothers' score, because there's even more to steep yourself in. That feels like a very musty idea that wouldn’t be out of place in a story from the 1890s, but the 1980s? How does all that relate to James’s (very short) story “The Two Faces?” Loosely. Just before he tragically dies abroad, Henry’s brother says: “And your self, Henry—your real self—is an evil shit. "The Haunting of Bly Manor" Episode 8 may not be overtly Lynchian, but its implications are integral to understanding the finale. "We shot a scene where Jamie woke up, and she sees Dani leaving, and she gets her to stay. Read more: Tenet: That ending explained and all your questions answered. When Quint becomes a ghost, he starts to learn what he can and can't do, including that he can possess someone permanently if they invite him in. To revisit this article, select My⁠ ⁠Account, then View saved stories. Despite her betrayed trust, she agrees to his new plan of possessing the Wingrave children so they can be together, tucking the children away into happy memories of their parents forever. One is sick (but has a wardrobe to die for), and the other eventually gets the man (but literally dies for the clothes). He convinces Rebecca to let him take over her body, but when he discovers he still can't leave Bly, he drowns her, turning her into a ghost. When older Jamie tells the story of Bly Manor, she changes the Wingrave children's names -- intentionally using Flora's middle name -- so they don't know they were involved. Entertain your brain with the coolest news from streaming to superheroes, memes to video games. In other words, this is story of class transgression, bitter, broken hearts, ulterior motives, and betrayal. This episode also sees Hannah Grose, Dani, the gardener Jamie (Amelia Eve), and the cook Owen (Rahul Kohli) bonding around the fire after Owen’s mother has died. Oct 9, 2020 EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX Netflix. But either way, there is a dark cloud hanging over Dani and Jamie’s happily-ever-after—and Dani, at least, is possessed by an unshakable sense of foreboding that, eventually, the lady of the lake will consume her entirely. — A First Look at Diana and Margaret Thatcher in The Crown Season Four— Celebs Roast Trump in Rhyme for John Lithgow’s Trumpty Dumpty Book— Brace Yourself for George Clooney’s Apocalyptic Movie The Midnight Sky— The Best Shows and Movies Streaming This October— Inside Netflix’s Latest Binge-able Escape, Emily in Paris— The Crown’s Young Stars on Prince Charles and Princess Di— From the Archive: How Hollywood Sharks, Mafia Kingpins, and Cinematic Geniuses Shaped The Godfather— Not a subscriber? You love her as you’ve never loved, and, passion for passion, she gives it straight back! She even lands in the moment the Lady in the Lake kills Quint, which could possibly be the house's memory itself. We explain the ending, ghosts, and much more in Mike Flanagan's latest tv series for Netflix "The Haunting of Bly Manor. The Haunting of Bly Manor's Heartbreaking Finale, Explained. Dream hopping is what Flora experiences when Rebecca possesses her body. In here. Before the Wingrave parents' deaths, Henry was having an affair with his brother's wife, Charlotte Wingrave, and Flora is in fact his daughter. His eyes darkened—it was close; and, instinctively turning, in his hallucination, to avoid it, he flung himself, face down, on the tomb.”. But most times... most times a ghost is a wish." A lot happens at the countryside mansion, with mysteries unraveling around housekeeper Mrs. Grose and the faceless Lady in the Lake. They are Band-Aids covering up the hard parts of life and in turn, erasing the good with it. Despite waxing philosophical about the evil in men, Miles was doing his best to be expelled from boarding school and rejoin his sister back home at Bly. Eventually, no longer able to endure her worsening state and abuse, Perdita smothers Viola with a pillow. By Jenny Hollander. In James’s “The Two Faces,” a recently married British lord brings his very young, German wife to a woman he knows who is well-placed in English society. Just before Dani's arrival, Hannah notices something strange about Miles, who's been acting out since returning from boarding school. The Ending of 'The Haunting of Bly Manor,' Explained. A significant piece of imagery in Netflix's new horror story The Haunting of Bly Manor is a dollhouse, and the many different figurines that live … He rings the manor hoping Flora will pick up. After he returns to Rebecca as a ghost, he possesses her body and drowns her in the lake, so they can then take over Flora and Miles' bodies and start a new life. Dani and the gang initially believe Quint's alive and calling the house to speak to Rebecca, not realizing she's dead. The Haunting of Bly Manor comes to a satisfying conclusion in the ninth episode of the Netflix series, titled “The Beast in the Jungle.” There are spoilers ahead for The Haunting of Bly Manor . As Jamie and Dani try to move on from the horrors of Bly, poor Dani remains haunted by the lady of the lake: “I feel her. Here she plays the older version of Jamie, who tells the story of Bly Manor (taking place in London, 1987) at Flora Wingrave's wedding reception (in Northern California, 2007). Some, like the way Dani haunts Jamie for decades to come, can be downright romantic. In the book, the valet Quint violates a class boundary by romancing Jessel—who, like all governesses, is a lady. A woman, in such a case as mine, divines and feels and sees; she’s not an idiot who has to be credibly informed. In the end she realizes her horror story is really a love story with au pair Dani Clayton, played by Victoria Pedretti, aka Nell in Hill House. James was not shy at all about killing off his very young protagonists. The miniseries is Mike Flanagan’s follow-up to the surprise 2018 smash hit The Haunting of Hill House, which drew inspiration from Shirley Jackson’s eponymous 1959 novel. Flanagan has given interviews shouting out a few spooky James tales he and his writers drew inspiration from. The narrator, who winds up engaged to the male half of this duo, becomes convinced her fiancé is in love with this pen pal given how much they have in common. "I think Dani is always with Jamie," Pedretti told BuzzFeed, when asked if she thinks Dani's ghost had visited Jamie before. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. The Haunting of Bly Manor is based on Henry James's novella The Turn of the Screw, and each episode of the show is named after one of James's short stories. You come to me mechanically, compunctiously, with the dregs of your tenderness and the remnant of your life. Okay. As is the case with Miles in The Turn of the Screw, Morgan of “The Pupil” dies at the end of the story, after his parents try to leave him in the care of his beloved tutor. “The Way It Came” is a truly wild James story about a pair of long-distance pen pals, a man and a woman, who bond over the fact that they believe they saw their parents appear to them just before they died. He’s later woken up. So jealousy, possessiveness, and broken engagements are the resonant themes here. The faceless ghost of a Victorian Child Flora befriends also helps to shift their positions in the doll house. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission. Just like Dani and Henry see their own personal spectres and supernatural doppelgängers, it's possible the ghost of Dani who looks over the older version of Jamie in the hotel room isn't the same ghost wandering the grounds of Bly. She’s hired to care for his nephew, Miles (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth), and niece, Flora (Amelie Bea Smith), and live alongside their housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller). Thinking the chest is cursed, Arthur sinks it in the lake. But if you know where to look, there’s an even easier guide: Each episode is named for a different Henry James story. She tucks Flora into happy memories of her mother, who gives her advice on how to make friends with a boy she keeps encountering, aka the Victorian Child. The same idea could be at play here, Jamie leaving the door ajar and filling the sink with water in the hope Dani would return to her. The Wingrave children are likely around the same age as the actors -- 9 (Amelie Bea Smith) and 12 (Benjamin Evan Ainsworth), so when they move to America, they're still impressionable and can easily pick up the accent. “The Great Good Place”—episode one: The first episode of the season takes its name from a James story that is even more ambiguously supernatural than The Turn of the Screw. Was it all a dream, a fantasy, or just a really good vacation? But the poignant too-late love story between Owen and Hannah—he’s a chef, she can’t eat!—makes for a heartbreaking hour of television. Thankfully this heartbreaking ending has a silver lining. With Flanagan's busy schedule, including another Netflix series, it might be a little while before we see what ghost story he adapts next. Vanity Fair may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. 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