- The “The Haunting of Hill House” will begin streaming sometime in 2020.
- The new season is called “The Haunting of Bly Manor.”
- The second season features a fairly new cast of characters and the Crain characters will not be returning.
- Actress Victoria Pedretti and actor Jackson Cohen from season one will be returning to the show but as different characters.
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“The Haunting of Hill House” is the horror television series that took Netflix by storm, enrapturing viewers with its shiver-inducing jump-scares, intricate storylines, and careful probing into the psyches and grief of the haunted Crain family.
With a 92% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it’s no surprise that the 10-episode retelling of the classic horror novel from Shirley Jackson has been officially renewed for another season.
Here’s everything we know about “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” the second season of the “Haunting” anthology, so far.
The second season will be released in 2020 and it’s called ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’
The official Haunting Twitter account announced in February that the second season of the show will begin streaming next year. This new season will be called “The Haunting of Bly Manor.”
Moving forward, the series will be an anthology
In a press release from Netflix, the beloved series was referred to as “The Haunting” anthology. The show’s director Mike Flanagan previously alluded to this concept in 2018 when he told Entertainment Weekly that if there was a second season, he “loves the idea of an anthology.”
That would mean that, like “American Horror Story,” each season will tell a different story with an entirely new cast of characters. It’s unclear whether this second season will include all of the actors from season one.
And so, the second season won’t feature the Crain family …
According to a press release from Netflix, the second season is a new instalment in the anthology series and it will chronicle all-new characters. But this is no surprise to those who have been closely following the buzz around a second season for months.
“I felt like the Crains have been through enough,” Flanagan told Entertainment Weekly in 2018. “We left them exactly as we all wanted to remember them, those of us who worked on it. We toyed with a cliffhanger ending and we toyed with other ideas, but ultimately, in the writers’ room and with the cast and everything else, we really felt like the story demanded a certain kind of closure from us and we were happy to close the book on that family.”
… But the second season will feature two familiar faces from the Crain family
Victoria Pedretti, who played Nell Crain, will be returning to the series but not as her season-one character. She will have the role of Dani, a governess who takes care of two very unusual children.
And Jackson Cohen, who played Luke Crain, will return to the series to play “a guy called Peter, who is a charming young man who lives at Bly.”
Based on a teaser, the second season will likely pull inspiration from the Henry-James novel ‘The Turn of the Screw’
Season two will be based on the works of author Henry James, per the Haunting Twitter account. “A new Haunting is coming. Can you guess where it takes place? Listen closely … ,” the official “Haunting” account tweeted, sharing a video.
In the teaser, you can hear a voice whispering, “The terrace and the whole place, the lawn and the garden beyond it, all I could see of the park, were empty with a great emptiness.”
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