In The Haunting of Bly Manor, available on Netflix, a few nods to Hill House crept in. Did you notice them? Warning, spoilers.
Warning, spoilers. The following paragraphs reveal spoilers for The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor. If you don’t want to know anything, don’t read on.
“You are expected”
Flora welcomes Dani in a very special way in Bly Manor, the girl says to her new housekeeper: “You are expected” (“You’re expected”, in original version). An identical line to the one spoken by Olivia Crain when she welcomes her adult daughter Nell to Hill House.
The eternal house
In Bly Manor, when Peter tries to manipulate Miles to escape the mansion, he tells him that he will be “hidden in the eternal house”. A metaphor that Olivia Crain also uses in Hill House to describe the family home she is trying to transform for her children.
The knockers on the doors in Bly Manor and Hill House have similar designs: lion heads.
The strange dream
After pushing Hannah into the well at Bly Manor, Miles, then possessed by Peter Quint, wakes up and tells Hannah’s ghost that he did “the strangest of dreams”. This same line is uttered by Hannah to Owen when she realizes that she relives her memories and that she is a ghost. These words are also spoken by Olivia Crain in Hill House.
“Come back home”
In Bly Manor, Flora writes a letter to her brother Miles, gone to boarding school, asking him to come home with the message “Come home” (“Come home”, in original version). The same message is written on the wall of the mansion in Hill House, a note written by Olivia for her daughter Nell.
The haunted ghost
When his brother and his wife die, Henry Wingrave becomes a shadow of himself and sinks into a severe depression. He is then haunted by his doppelgänger who reminds him of his sins. In a scene from Bly Manor, his doppelgänger is positioned above him lying on the sofa. A sequence reminiscent of a scene in Hill House where young Nell Crain is haunted by the Lady with the Crooked Neck (who is in fact dead herself) above her head on a sofa.
“Everything else is just confetti”
When the time for goodbyes comes in Bly Manor, Hannah tells Henry to share with Owen her love for him: “Tell him I love him and the rest, well that’s just …”. She doesn’t finish her sentence but we can assume she was going to say “confetti” in reference to the famous replica of Nell’s ghost when she said goodbye to her siblings in Hill House. Mike Flanagan, the creator of Haunting, confirmed this hypothesis on Twitter.
After leaving Bly Manor, Dani is haunted by the spirit of Viola, the Lady of the Lake, and dreams that she is strangling her mate Jamie. She wakes up with her hand around her throat before committing the irreparable. The same case happened to Olivia Crain in Hill House since she wakes up in the middle of the night above her husband Hugh ready to stick a screwdriver in his neck.
Death does not mean the end
In Bly Manor, Flora explains to Owen that she learned a secret to play due to her parents: “death does not necessarily mean the end”. In Hill House, Nell Crain explains the same and says that she “did not go” despite his death and that “This is not the end”.
The death of husbands
During a flashback in Bly Manor, we witness the death of Eddie, Dani’s fiancé, struck down by a truck. Dani bends over her body, sobbing. The way she cries and reacts to her death is reminiscent of the behavior of Nell, also played by Victoria Pedretti, in Hill House, when her husband Arthur dies of a ruptured aneurysm. She leans over his body and cries over him.
Other Hill House nods have crept into Bly Manor. Have you spotted any?
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