My favorite new show of 2018 is making a comeback and I couldn’t be more here for it.
It was announced on Thursday, Feb. 21 that Netflix’s first ever, and very successful, horror television show has been renewed for a second season and I am so excited for it. The Haunting of Hill House was the perfectly constructed and each time you watched it you discovered new and deeper meanings. Not to mention different ghosts in the background ready to terrify you. Executive producers of the show, Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy announced that the new season will be built around a new family, a different haunted mansion and will have a new name, kind of like how every season of American Horror Story has a new title. The new season will be called The Haunting of Bly Manor, based on the work of Henry James which can be found in his horror novel titled “The Turn of the Screw.” In this work, taking place in 1898, a governess is hired by a man who is left in charge of his niece and nephew after the death of their parents. The home is known as Bly Manor and is full of ghosts and other creepy beings. Honestly cannot wait for this show.
At the end of the first season, all the loose ends were tied up, but somehow it was still left on a cliffhanger allowing fans to come up with a variety of theories on how it actually ended. One popular theory is that the siblings in fact were never saved by Nell and are all still stuck in the red room. This is attributed to the fact that in each of the siblings delusion while in the room, they are either wearing red, holding a red object, the other people are wearing red or something of importance in the scene is red. When the foursome are shown years later, apparently out of the red room living their normal lives, the cake used during the celebration is red. Thus many fans hold the belief, they were never in fact rescued and never left Hill House. When I read this my mind was blown and I was kind of hoping it would be true because it would give room for a season two that would continue the story of the Crane family. My hopes for that were soon crushed though with Flanagan publicly stating that the Crane family’s story was over and that they had been through enough, which I guess means they actually did escape the house. I know the characters will be different, but I’m really hoping the actors will remain the same.
One of the main reasons the first season of Hill House was so successful, aside from the directing and writing, was because of the actors. Both the older more experienced actors, and the child actors were perfect. Carla Gugino, who played the family matriarch, and Violet McGraw, who played the younger version of Nell Crane, stand out to me and were absolute perfection. The cast as a whole had amaxing chemistry and it was 100 percent believable that they were a family that deeply loved each other but had gone through too much to fully trust one another. I also felt the pain they were all feeling, as a family and as individuals throughout the entire show. For a show about a haunted house with ghosts who work towards convincing a mother to murder her children, it is very believable due to the acting. Due to all of this, I hope the actors stay the same and are just assigned different characters because that cast all together was just magic. All this being said, the bent neck lady can stay off my television screen from now on because she is still haunting my nightmares. I am all for writing her off the show, please and thank you. I will admit though that the bent neck lady was the best twist I have ever seen on television before.
A teaser trailer for season two was released on Twitter in which viewers are asked to listen closely.
Season one of The Haunting of Hill House can be found currently streaming on Netflix and season two is expected to be released in 2020. Might as well be 10 years from now. The countdown has officially begun.