While the story of the Crane family on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House–GameSpot’s favorite show of 2018–may be over, the show will go on. Netflix has announced a second season of what it’s calling an “anthology series,” as well as the scary story it’s going to tackle next.
The Haunting of Bly Manor is what Season 2 will be known as, taking inspiration from The Turn of the Screw, a horror novella by Henry James. The work from 1898 tells the story of a governess watching over two orphans in a massive and creepy old mansion. In what should come as a surprise to nobody who saw the first season of the show, this house is also believed to be haunted. However, just as Hill House examined whether members of the Crane family suffered from mental illness or were being tormented by supernatural entities, the woman in The Turn of the Screw also wonders if she’s simply going insane.
The next season of Haunting will be part of a new overall deal with series creators Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy. The duo, who are also putting the finishing touches on Dr. Sleep–a sequel to The Shining due in theaters in November–will continue making shows for Netflix beyond more installments of Haunting.
“Netflix has been an important part of our story, and we’re proud to have worked with them on The Haunting of Hill House, not to mention Gerald’s Game, Hush, and Before I Wake.” they said in a statement. “They’ve enabled and supported a great deal of our work and we look forward to much more.”
Now for the bad news. A teaser for The Haunting of Bly Manor revealed a 2020 arrival, meaning you are going to have a while to wait before getting to devour that series. And, sadly, you shouldn’t get your hopes up about seeing your favorite Hill House characters return. That said, there’s no telling if any members of the cast will return in new roles. Spookier things have happened.