The first look at Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor, the follow-up season to The Haunting of Hill Housewhich sees Mike Flanagan returning to direct, is finally here. A new post and the first batch of images from this season made their debut on Monday, teasing Flanagan’s eerie adaptation of Henry James‘ novella The Turn of the Screw. Returning Hill House alums Henry Thomas, Victoria Pedretti, and Oliver Jackson-Cohen are also present and accounted for in these new Bly House images, but they’re definitely not playing repeats of their Season 1 characters.
Speaking with Vanity Fair, Flanagan shared some insight on the themes and spirit of this new season, which is also very much reflected in these new images. He commented, “It certainly provides a new way to tell a love story, and there are three [characters] really that beat at the heart of this season. They all have a very dark edge to them. And by the end, it’s really hard to differentiate tragedy with romance. That sense of romantic longing for someone who meant so much to us—but who’s gone—really is the heart of any ghost story.”
He continued, “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 Haunting of Bly Manor will be released on Netflix, but a specific date has yet to be announced. In the meantime, check out the new images for Bly Manor below.