The Haunting of Bly Manor is a Crain household reunion, however not in the best way you’d count on. Ever because the Netflix sequence’s season-two forged was introduced, followers have eagerly awaited extra details about every actor’s new function. Some had been clear from the beginning, like Victoria Pedretti’s character, Dani, however others have remained a thriller up till the season premiere.
That is why it is so intriguing when Carla Gugino is the primary individual we see in episode one in every of Bly Manor. (Gugino, as you would possibly recall, performed matriarch Olivia Crain in Hill Home.) We’re launched to her character in a lodge room earlier than she units off for a marriage rehearsal dinner the place she regales a small group with a ghost story. From that second on, she turns into the present’s narrator, however her connection to the story goes a lot deeper.
On the finish of episode 9, the items lastly fall into place. Gugino is revealed to be an older model of Amelia Eve’s character, Jamie, the gardener. She is among the few to outlive the manor’s curse and the Girl of the Lake. Jamie is recounting the story to listeners who really lived by means of it — whether or not they notice it or not. It seems younger Flora grows as much as be the bride, and an grownup Miles can be in attendance, together with Owen and Uncle Henry.
Creator Mike Flanagan calls Bly Manor a love story, which is sensible once you take a look at the items from a birds-eye view. Jamie, because the narrator, recollects the story to recollect Dani, the girl she cherished. Dani sacrificed herself to save lots of Flora and Miles, and by extension, her chosen household. She shared stunning moments with Jamie, up till the purpose the place she determined to return to the manor and succumb to the Girl within the Lake.
Gugino, as Jamie, by no means stops hoping and ready for Dani’s return. It is why we see her asleep in a lodge chair going through an ajar door within the very first scene. It is why Jamie retains the tub filled with water and the sink plugged. And regardless of her disappointment, the present’s remaining moments show that her love isn’t forgotten. Dani stays lovingly current, as she at all times was.