The Haunting of Bly Manor, Netflix, Amblin Television, Intrepid Pictures, Paramount Television Studios

Haunted House

Netflix original horror The Haunting of Bly Manor dropped Friday October 9th, 2020.

#BlyManor is based on literature / has not officially been renewed for a third season.

rottentomatoes: 86%

metacritic: 62

imdb: 8.3

Dani Clayton, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Netflix, Amblin Television, Intrepid Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, Victoria Pedretti
Dani Clayton, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Netflix, Amblin Television, Intrepid Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, Victoria Pedretti

Dani Clayton

Dani Clayton takes a governess position outside of 1987 Essex, England.

Dani Clayton, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Netflix, Amblin Television, Intrepid Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, Victoria Pedretti

“Oh, call me Dani. Hi there. Yes. Or I was. Fourth grade. Mm-hmm. About six months. Well, I’ve… …fallen quite in love with London. No, thank you. Haven’t quite mastered tea yet. I’m used to it coming in a pitcher. Full of ice cubes… …and lemon wedges, and… well, it’s a whole different thing here. Well, I… I’ve quite a bit of experience with children, Mr. Wingrave. I know, that’s actually why I responded to the ad. Mm-hmm. Well, can I ask why he was sent home? Spring session shouldn’t end– your ad mentioned the position was in the countryside? I understand. You know, one of my more unique assignments at my school was specific to some of our highest-need children, one of who had actually lost their par– I’m sorry? Hm… it seems odd to me too. The listing, I mean. A full-time position in a beautiful country manor to two exceptional children. But I saw your ad six months ago. When I first arrived in London. And I have seen it every month since. Seems to me an easy position to fill. At least as you’ve described. So, I suppose you’re right. What is the catch? That really is the question.” — Dani Clayton

“Thank you. I know I didn’t get the job, and that’s totally cool. But that was the most awkward job interview of my life. So I think I should toast to it, Mr. Wingrave. Or do you prefer it in your tea? You can tell me now, right? I’m honestly so, so curious. The catch. No, come on! Oh, come on. No one? Mm-hmm. I, um… …couldn’t be at home anymore. Have you ever taught a classroom of 25 kids? Even the worst ones. You just do. And you try to help… …but there’s just too many of them. And too little of you. So, you just… the ad said two children. I figure I don’t know the specifics, but I know how to handle the kids. Maybe I can make a difference. I could. I could make a difference. A real difference. With just two. Then I noticed the position was… full-time, live-in. And then it clicked. They’ve lost someone. Now, I understand death. I know what loss is.” — Dani Clayton

“I’m gonna be in England a while longer. Quite a while, actually. I got a job. Yeah, I-I got a trial position, at least to the end of the summer. But it could go on for quite– no, I know. I know it’s longer than I said, but I got a job. I’m not. I’m not running from anything, and it hurts me when you say that. You know it hurts me when you say that. Anyway… …you can reach me when I get to the house. I’ll call you… when I have the number. I love you, mom.” — Dani Clayton

“Yeah. Hi. Nice to meet you. Yeah. I have some bags. Thank you. How long was I out? Oh, no. I just haven’t got much sleep lately. It’s gorgeous. What? I can’t tell anymore, personally. What? Yet, here I was, just thinking you were a driver. Why’d you come back? From France? Mm-hmm. Well, there are worse places to be stuck, believe me. God, is that… can I get out and walk the rest of the way?” — Dani Clayton

“Oh, what a beautiful song! The one you were just singing. You must be Flora. I hope I didn’t startle you. Oh. Mm-hmm. You know, I’ve met Owen. On the car ride up. Now, what’s that? What a gorgeous lake. Hi, Miles. Oh, well, what the gentleman. And this must be Mrs. Grose. Hi! I’m Dani. Yeah. Oh, it was perfect. Yeah. Mm-hmm. Oh, yes. You can call me Dani.” — Dani Clayton

“It’s beauti– mm-hmm. Hey again. Oh. Gorgeous! Oh! Yes. Of course. Perhaps knock from now on. Thank you. It’s very pretty. I’m just gonna finish up here and see you in a few minutes, okay? Thank you. I hope it’s all right. I haven’t quite figured out tea yet, so… wow! Oh, you know, just wanted to see the world. Um, Bly? Or the world? It’s so gorgeous here. I know I keep saying that, but there’s no other word. So, he lives with his mother? Mm. I’m sorry. What? You’re not gonna eat? Okay. Thank you.” — Dani Clayton

“Well, you’re sure getting there. What? Yes, you’re a very silly girl. What? Oh… um… Miles gave it to me. Why not? Who does it belong to? Who’s that? Um… I’m so sorry. I… I’m so sorry. Yeah. Fifteen minutes, okay?” — Dani Clayton

“You know, I’ve gone to every kind of school you can think of. Even a boarding school once, like you. Well… …you’re home now, aren’t you? Look, you can talk to me about whatever you’d like. About school. Anything that happened there. I promise, I’ve heard it all. Good night. You know, Mrs. Grose seems to think you should call me Miss Clayton. I’m sorry? Oh, I… you know, Flora… was a little upset, I think. Well, thank you for making me feel so welcome. Bedtime! Mm-hmm. Perfect timing. Is that me? Touché. Who are all these? You, miss, have a lot of dolls, and we’re going to learn how to pick them all up before we go to sleep, okay? Thank you, Flora. Of course. I don’t think I can promise that. But it’s certainly a good rule for you and your brother– okay. At least for tonight. Now get some sleep.” — Dani Clayton

“Tastes good to me. What a beautiful day. Well, I’ll never get tired of this place, I swear. What’s the matter? How do you know that? Why? Who? What lady? Look, I’ve been a teacher for nine years, Miles. That’s almost your whole life. In all that time, a lot of kids have tried to scare me in a lot of different ways, and you know what I learned? I’m a lot braver than people think. Including me. Did you? Hm. Is that something you used to do at school? Play pranks? Tricks. Your uncle told me a little bit about your problems at school. Well, of course. He hired me. All he did was talk about you two. He missed you both. Very much. Of course he does.” — Dani Clayton

“They got away from me. What’s for lunch? Thank you. Mm. Thank you. Was there somebody… working on the grounds today? Maybe a repairman or something? ‘Cause I saw a guy, on the parapet, on my way in. Yeah. Absolutely. I waved, he didn’t wave back. You’re not gonna eat anything?” — Dani Clayton

“No. I didn’t. But… I did find some… I’m sorry. Am I interrupting you? I’ve seen a few of these. Only they passed. Mm. Miss Jessel? Oh… no. It’s all right. Oh… mm. Wh-what are the candles for? I’m sorry.” — Dani Clayton

“Time for bed. No more games, Miles. Not at bedtime. And you… sweet thing. Imagination. I love… your imagination. And everyone in this house is so lucky… that you’re using yours to keep us safe. Just promise me… that when you’re keeping us all safe, that you keep yourself safe first. And no going on the parapet. I’m what? Good night, sweet girl. Oh… I’m sorry! You know, you need to make sure that you pick these up. I would hate to break… where would you like her tonight? In the house or under the dresser? I was just about to tuck you in? Oh… sure thing. Well… here you go. She can sleep with you tonight. Okay, let’s look. Hmm. I don’t see it! Okay. Guys. I said no games. Open up! Open the door! Open it! Miles! Flora! Okay, it’s not– it’s not funny. Open the door. The key is in the lock, Flora. Turn the key. I’m being serious. Open the door! Miles! Flora? Open the door! Open the door! Open the door! Open the door! No! Open the door! Guys! Let me out! Let me out! Let me out! Let me out! Let me out! Let me out! Let me out! Bed! Bed! Now! We’ll talk about it in the morning. Were you outside?” — Dani Clayton

Flora Wingrave, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Netflix, Amblin Television, Intrepid Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, Amelie Bea Smith

Flora Wingrave

“♪ Singing, ‘O willow waly’ ♪ By the tree that weeps with me ♪ Singing, ‘O willow waly’ ♪ Till my lover returns to me ♪. What song? You’re Miss Clayton! You must be. Oh, and you’re so pretty. I told Miles you’d pretty. How perfectly splendid! Not at all. You’re expected. I’m just so, so pleased you’re here. And Mrs. Grose will want to see you. And Miles. And Owen. And Jamie. When did you meet Owen? Oh, this. Just a silly thing, really. Just a moment. Oh, you really mustn’t. It really is just a smelly old pond. And, you know, there are leeches in there. Horrid little things, like vampire slugs, and the nastiest beetles. Who needs that old pond, anyway? There’s so much else that’s so much better. It really is perfectly splendid to meet you. Miles! She’s here! She’s here! And she’s even prettier than I imagined!”

“This is the foyer, and it’s perfectly splendid. Come along! This is the kitchen, and it’s perfectly splendid. And this is Owen. He’s the cook, and he’s splendid. Perfectly. Hi! This way. The paintings are all original, which means they’re painted by hand, and they’re perfectly splendid. This is the classroom. It’s… …quite boring. These are the lovely stairs, but you mustn’t run on them. If you fall, you can injure yourself, and the stairs are not forgiving. Not forgiving in the least. Do you see? Mrs. Grose says they’re brutal on the knees… …but I don’t have any issues. But mind the stairs, they’re brutal on the knees. And this is where our parents used to live. We don’t go in there anymore. It’s all covered up. And covered up. But underneath it all, it’s all just perfectly splendid. Of course. But then we must show her the statue garden. And once you have, we’ll have to show you the rest. Coming.”

“Owen makes the best dinners. He made me a macaroni-and-cheese sandwich once, which was divine. I want to go to Australia. Or Florida, because it’s almost my name. Aren’t you joining us? Disappointing. Is she feeling better? Maybe she feels well enough to eat, so he has to get home in time to cook for her.

“I wish to look like a gnome. A bubble gnome. It really is very silly, isn’t it? Where did you get that? The butterfly clip. He shouldn’t have done that. Because it doesn’t belong to you. Miss Jessel. The other one. Before you. I was wrong. It’s actually fine. Can I get out now? Can I play with my dolls? And I’m finished. Why, no, silly. You’re you. It’s just a dolly. Why, they’re dolls, of course. Put her back. She stays… there. And you’re all tucked in. And it’s time for bed. It’s just lovely that you’re here. But you have to promise me something. You have to promise me that you’ll stay in your room. Don’t leave your room at night. Stay in your bed until morning. But you must.”

“I’m very cross with you. You left your room last night even though you promised you wouldn’t. You’ve got to stay in your room. So she doesn’t see you. The lady. The lady in the lake.”

“Another one? We’re not gremlins! We’re very good children. The old wing. You must try this.”

“Stop being weird, Miles! He’s so weird sometimes. Okay. You really are, you know? Perfectly splendid. That– that’s right. My cupboard. It’s stuck. We’re really trying! We’ll have to find the key. It really is stuck. We’re very sorry! We’re dreadfully sorry. Please, don’t be cross.”

Miles Wingrave, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Netflix, Amblin Television, Intrepid Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth

Miles Wingrave

“This is her! So pleased to meet you, my lady.”

“I’m sorry. May I come in? Of course. I just wanted to say how happy we all are that you’re here. And to give you this. Not much, I know. Just a little something to make you feel more welcome. Mm. Thank you. And what do you think of it so far? He said she’s getting better. I’ll give you some pointers.”

“Have you? It’s very kind of you. Good night, Dani. Didn’t you like it? The butterfly. She’s always a little upset. Whether she admits it or not. But she’s so, so glad you’re here. And so am I.”

“Miss Clayton! Come see what I found! Miss Clayton! Come and see! Flora. Flora, look. Miss Clayton… look! I wasn’t trying to scare you, Miss Clayton. I knew you wouldn’t be frightened. Of course. I knew that about you right away. I never quite saw the point of tricks. You spoke with my uncle? Did he ask about us? No, he doesn’t. Should we give him a ring and ask?”

“Bangers and mash. Who was it? Hm. The old wing.”

“Good evening, Miss Clayton. Is it? I shouldn’t think so. Do you like games, Dani? It’s the best time for games, really. Miss Clayton? There’s an electric fan in Flora’s cupboard. I cannot sleep without it, I’m afraid. Would you fetch it for me? I’m awfully sorry. It must be under some clothes. I’m trying! I’m trying! It’s not! We can’t find it! I’m so sorry. It was an accident. I am sorry.”

Hannah Grose, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Netflix, Amblin Television, Intrepid Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, T'Nia Miller

Hannah Grose

“I’m sorry, um… goodness, I wa– I was miles away. Oh, it’s a pleasure to meet you. Hannah Grose. Well, I-I see you’ve made it in one piece. Was the journey okay? Oh, wonderful. Yes, that– that Owen is a fine young man. Good sort. Right, well, um, let– let’s find our way inside. I’m sure Miss Clayton is eager to see the house. Right, well, come along. Now– nonsense. Children, you will call her Miss Clayton, like we agreed.”

“It is. A great good place. Heaven for the children. This room is closed at the moment. Let’s leave Moss Clayton to freshen up. She’ll see it all eventually, Flora. We’ll see you after you’ve settled. Flora! Mm. It’s fine, dear. So, what brings a young American like you to England? And Bly of all places. Mm-hmm. Yeah. Oh, hush now, Owen. He likes to wind me up. Ugh, heaven help me, this man. Lives for her, more like. That’s why he came back from Paris. She took ill. Quite ill, I’ve heard. Yeah. Yeah, better every day. He says that, but he leaves earlier and earlier these days. He used to stay every night for supper. I’m sure you’re right, sweetheart. Oh… oh, well, yeah. I’ll have it later.”

“Flora, don’t. Again? Oh, we’ve had some, uh, prank calls. You’re welcome. There you go, dear. No, I don’t believe so. Well, why would you? Are you sure you saw someone up there? They can’t get up there, not without going through the house. You must have imagined it, dear. Oh, no, I already ate. Just here for the company. Flora, don’t.

“Oh… did you– did you find anyone? Oh. Oh, no. No, not at all. What did you find? Ah. It’s Flora. Ah, Flora, Flora… well, you can’t judge them. Not after what they’ve been through. Mr. Wingrave told you about their parents, I’m sure. Mm. Two years ago, now. Miles was only eight, Flora, six. And that’s enough bad luck for two children to bear, but then to think… what came after. Your– your predecessor. Yeah. Rebecca. God… Rebecca. Poor Rebecca. She was… she was a bright young thing. She was ambitious, intelligent. Kind of heart. But… …there was a man. Which really is the only thing that can bring down a woman like that. All the world’s vices in disguise of its graces. Anyway, the less said about him, the better. You know he skipped town? With a tidy sum of Henry’s money and the poor thing’s heart. Stole a lot, that one. Sticky fingers. And to see her in the days leading up to it. So broken. So empty. She was gone long before she waded into that lake. Flora found her. And Jamie found Flora. To hear her tell it… Rebecca’s body in that water. Face down. And little Flora just… …stone-still… …staring. And I… to think I used to cringe when I heard the children… running through the house, screaming and kicking up a fuss. But in the weeks after Miss Jessel there… silence, it never felt so terrible. And now… now, when I hear them… cry, or… …scream, or yell… God, it’s the most beautiful sound in the world. I’m so sorry. Oh, God, look at me. It’s a talisman. A tiny game of Flora’s to keep us all safe. Us. God. My God, these children. Both of them trying in their own way, I think. You know, I should head back. Owen and Jamie will be leaving for the evening. But I’m happy to watch the children before bed if you’d like a moment. The dead. There’s more of them than I’d like, the older I get. Oh, God, no need. I have been, and I remain, a very happy woman.”

Owen, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Netflix, Amblin Television, Intrepid Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, Rahul Kohli


“Uh, Miss Clayton? Owen. Pleased to meet you. Let me get– let’s get that. No worries. Thank you. Oh, uh, sorry about that. Country roads. Oh, a while. Are you still on American time? Ah. Well, hostels aren’t terribly restful. I mean, you’ll find it much quieter out here. Is it? I can’t even tell anymore. Uh, I was born in Bly. The town, I mean, not the manor. I escaped for a bit. Spent some time in France. Studying to be a chef. No, no, no, only sometimes, when Henry asks me. Frankly, I’m a rubbish driver. But not a bad cook, turns out. Family. And this job pays the bills, while I’m here. And it keeps me close. I’ve actually never liked Bly. The people here, most of them, they’re born here, they die here. The whole town is one big gravity well. And it’s easy to get stuck. Like I said, plenty to love.”

“Hello, everyone. Hi, Flora. Dinner is served. There you go, mate. That’s right. I could think of a few others. She likes being wound up. Oh, uh… um, not tonight, sweetheart. I’ve got to go home to my mom. You sound just like her. Much. Better every day, I reckon. All right. Good night, you lovely young lady. And good night to you, too, Flora. Enjoy.”

“There she is. no, I’ll get it. You have a seat. Relax. If that’s even possible. Hello? Hello? Hello? Oh, don’t know. They hung up. Probably just a wrong number. Miss Clayton. Oh… it’s hard to say. I’m gonna have to get water on them to be sure. You’re a star. Thank you. On the parapet? I’ve not been up there. The only way up there is through the old wing. And where don’t we go?”

Lord Wingrave, The Haunting of Bly Manor, Netflix, Amblin Television, Intrepid Pictures, Paramount Television Studios, Henry Wingrave

Lord Wingrave

“Miss Clayton, is it? Please, have a seat. You’re a teacher? In the States. Six months? During which time, you’ve… God. Tea? Coffee? Yes, it is. You’re no previous experience as an au pair. In a classroom, but this is a full-time, live-in position. The children are wonderful. Exceptional, really, my niece and nephew. Exceptional children, as I said. But challenging, both. Miles, my nephew, is back home from boarding school early. He needs structure, discipline more than ever, I fear. You’d be expected to tutor him so he doesn’t fall behind. In that respect, your classroom experience may actually be of use. The same with Flora, my niece. You’d tutor her as well. In Bly, my family’s country house. The children are used to Bly, they… spent summers and holidays there with their parents, before they passed. It’s a great good place, the manor. There are few others on the grounds. A cook, a groundskeeper. They stay in town. There is a live-in housekeeper, but the children… would be your responsibility and yours alone. Don’t call on me unless it’s an emergency. I’m extraordinarily busy. What’s the catch? The catch. You’re what? Thirty? Mid-twenties? I wonder… what’s the catch? You’re younger than most who’d apply for this sort of thing. What makes a woman of your age want to give up her life to take care of someone else’s children? A life in America, at that. Full-time as well. It seems odd… to me, to be frank.”

“Alright, James? About what? Oh, no. Well… …imagination, I suppose. No one wants the job. We did find someone for a while. Last summer. A promising young woman. The children liked her. And then, she… well, I-I suppose she died. It was her own fault, to be blunt. Her choice, to be blunter, but she died on the grounds. People are superstitious, especially in the country. So, now it’s a story. These small children in that huge house with their dead parents, and now, their dead governess. Never mind the parents died abroad. Never mind the governess took her own… so, yes, the story precedes the job, at least at all the agencies. Now, no one wants it. Superstition… imagination. What about you? What was your catch? No, I absolutely have not, I’m afraid. Well… you take to them.”


“So, who decided it was a good idea to feed these wee gremlins? Oh, is that right? See, I’m not so sure. Owen, what do you think? Mm. Like this? Can’t imagine. Well, we do get ramblers sometimes. People wanna have a look at the gardens. They take liberties, but if one made it into the parapet–“

The Storyteller

“We lay my love and I… …beneath the weeping willow. But now alone I lie… …and weep beside the tree. Singin’, ‘O willow waly…’ …by the tree that weeps with me. Singiing, ‘O willow waly…’ …till my lover return to me. I have a story. Well… …it isn’t really my story. It belongs to someone I knew. And it’s not exactly short. All right, then. A ghost story. Again, this story isn’t mine, but it is full of ghosts of all sorts. And if a child gives the effect, another turn of the screw… …what do you say to two? The teacher was, by choice, a solitary young woman. Come up to London in trepidation to answer in person an advertisement… …placed by one Lord Henry Wingrave regarding his young nephew and niece, who were in need of an au pair. A full-time position, it said. Live-in, all that, in his hold family home in Essex. A great good place, alone in the country.”

“Her first look at Bly yielded no discomfort, no foreboding. It was exactly as Lord Wingrave had described. And it yawned open to welcome her home.”

“The night found the au pair restless. It was as Flora had said. The rooms were larger at night, as though the house itself had inhaled deeply as the sun disappeared, expanding as it held its breath for the morning. That sense of expansion wasn’t only indoors, either. Gazing out, she found that the terrace and the whole place, the lawn and garden beyond it, and all she could see of the park, were empty, with a great emptiness. An emptiness that called out to be explored.”

“The au pair’s heart ached for the boy’s pain. But, like the weather at Bly, his moods proved quick to change. As sun, clouds and rain would appear without hint or warning, so, too, did the children’s moods. As though time and nature held… secret laws… just for them.”

“The gardener did not even introduce herself to the new au pair. She barely acknowledged her at all. Simply treated her as if she’d always been there. The others in the room just assumed they’d already met, which, if she were honest, was how the au pair felt when she first saw the young woman.”

Wedding Bride

“The rehearsal dinner, for God’s sakes! No, I’m serious, we actually refused to stay here. There’s three suites in the castle, and Jack wanted to stay here… …before we left for the honeymoon. But I said, ‘no way, not after those stories.’ no, I’m serious. We actually refused to stay here. No! God no, I didn’t see her. If I saw a dead woman, a dead nun, no less, crying in the corners, we would not be getting married here. Look, I love a good ghost story, I just don’t want to sleep in one. Ghost stores are worse when there’s a kid.”

Wedding Groom

She refused. Just one night. Just tomorrow. Just after the reception, just after the reception, so we could just stumble upstairs. Okay, it’s just a story. This place used to be a convent for, like, a few decades in the ’40s. It’s part of the sales package. They can charge a few hundred extra for the ghost story.”

Female Guest 1

“I didn’t know staying here was even an option. Wait, just the stories? You didn’t see her?”

Female Guest 2

“We honeymooned in Ireland. They kept telling us to look out for Seamus, the stable boy. They said his head was crushed in where a horse had kicked him. Adds a little something, doesn’t it?”

Male Guest 1

“Oh, Seamus.”

Wedding dude 1

“Can I have your attention, please? You’ll get your meals momentarily, but first… the bride has asked me to speak. I thought she was joking! Why invite such catastrophe upon your own wedding? But, as she explained, ‘no, heavens, no. Not the wedding, the practice meal.’ I must claim my right as a slightly drunk, completely jet-lagged Englishman to well and truly speak my mind. Because I want to warn you all, you young people have absolutely no idea what you are letting yourselves in for. Oh… here’s a horrifying statistic. Did you know almost half of marriages these days do not end up in divorce? That means there’s a strong probability that you two get to watch each other die. And that’s the preferred outcome. To truly love another person is to accept that the work of loving them is worth the pain of losing them. And that’s it. That’s all. And if that scares you as much as it scares me, than I say run. Go off and do drugs on a beach in Bali. Devote yourself to a life of the mind. Run! Run while you still can. You’re young, you’re strong. The world…”

“Well, it seems we have time enough, and… wine enough. Why not?”

Rebecca Jessel

Charlotte Wingrave

Peter Quint

Viola Willoughby

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