Netflix has revealed our first look at The Haunting of Bly Manor. The series serves as a sequel to The Haunting of Hill House, with Mike Flanagan returning to direct. The show will be taking an anthology approach, with the new season centering on an entirely different story. In sharing the photos on social media, that was made abundantly clear. The images were shared via the show's official Twitter account with the following caption.
"A new home. A new family. A new story."
The Haunting season 2 photos offer our first look at these new characters and the setting. We are going back in time a bit, given that this is based on Henry James' iconic The Turn of the Screw. Netflix also revealed a new poster for the upcoming season, which features a haunting image of a woman standing in a foggy lake. While no release date has been firmed up, the poster promises that The Haunting of Bly Manor will be debuting sometime this fall.
Thematically, this season will be quite different. Aside from the visual differences seen in the photos, season 2 will focus more on romance and heartbreak, as opposed to family struggle and trauma. Mike Flanagan also previously said this season will be scarier. Flanagan explained that, while the seasons will be tied together by the notion of hauntings, they are moving on from Hill House's themes. Flanagan had this to say about it.
"At its foundation, the Haunting series is very much about haunted spaces and haunted people. The way we make those things dance together is really going to be what's uniform about Hill House and Bly. Outside of that though, it was really important for all of us not to play the same notes we played for the first season. The first season is very much entrenched in family dynamics and death and grief and loss and child trauma. We all collectively felt like we'd said everything we wanted to say about that."
The Haunting of Hill House proved to be a huge hit for Netflix. It was critically heralded and did quite well in terms of viewership. Even though the company doesn't reveal ratings information all that often, the show's impact was felt. It initially seemed like a one-off. However, Mike Flanagan and Netflix opted to turn it into an anthology series, paving the way for multiple seasons and lots of variety.
Henry Thomas, Kate Siegel, Catherine Parker, T'Nia Miller, Rahul Kohli, Amelia Eve, Benjamin Ainsworth and Amelie Smith make up the cast for The Haunting of Bly Manor. Fortunately, production wrapped before most other shows in Hollywood had to stop filming earlier this year, which means fans won't be facing a delay. With a fall release set, we should be getting a trailer soon, in addition to a firm release date confirmation.