The Haunting of Bly Manor binge recap: Episodes 1 - 3

Of course, just like Dani, we also come to this story in a roundabout way, one pulled straight from The Haunting of Bly Manor ’s source material, The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.

As an audience, we already knew that Pedettri and Thomas would be returning to Flanagan’s anthology cast this season, as well as a few other Hill House actors still to come — but I believe the reveal of Carla Gugino as Bly Manor’s enigmatic narrator was a complete surprise.

Soon it’s revealed that Gugino’s narrator character exists in 2007, and is telling the story of Bly Manor’s governess not from a manuscript, but from her own memory, around the fire at a rehearsal dinner for a young couple who she must know well enough to be invited, and yet doesn’t seem particularly welcomed by.

When Flora goes to place a creepy cross-shaped figurine made out of sticks near the water’s edge before they head off to find her brother, she quickly stops Dani from following her, saying it’s “really just a smelly old pond” in a way that feels like a warning.

As you can imagine, the little boy seems a touch burdened, especially once his chaplain, Father Stack, starts reciting the Bible story about Jesus casting demons out a man and into a herd of pigs.

So I did appreciate the small explanation that perhaps the reason Miles committed so many terrible offenses to get expelled from boarding school was because of the letter he received from Flora on his first day back, reading simply: “COME HOME.”

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