From the get-go, The Haunting of Bly Manor does not mince the tragedy of Rebecca Jessel (Tahirah Sharif), the brilliant nanny previous Dani Clayton (Victoria Pedretti). Proper after Dani’s interview, Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) tells her that her predecessor died on the grounds by killing herself. The housekeeper, Hannah (T’Nia Miller), later explains to Dani that Miss Jessel waded into Bly’s lake a few yr in the past when her relationship with Peter Quint (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) went awry. However after all, there’s extra to this ghost story than meets the attention.
Just like the event in The Flip of the Screw, it is true that Peter Quint is unhealthy information from the start and that he and Rebecca have a whirlwind romance. Rebecca enters Bly filled with potential and on her approach to turning into a barrister. When she meets Peter, Henry’s assistant, her life turns the wrong way up. However then, Peter disappears. Everybody assumes he left, as a result of he advised Rebecca to pack her baggage and go to America with him earlier than his disappearance. This is the catch: Peter’s nonetheless at Bly Manor. After the Girl within the Lake kills him, his ghost is anchored to Bly, a lot to Dani’s chagrin.
For some time, Rebecca fails to see Peter. When she lastly sees him, she will’t contact him — he is a spirit, in spite of everything. However Peter quickly discovers that he can enter Rebecca, which causes her to be “tucked away” right into a reminiscence. Due to the Girl within the Lake’s curse, Peter can not depart Bly Manor’s property, not even when he occupies Rebecca’s physique. Unaware of his ghostly presence, Rebecca’s coworkers urge her to maneuver on and get again on monitor together with her life.
Peter, after all, then comes up with a unique plan. With out actually elaborating, he proposes that she absolutely invite him in. And so she recites, “It is you, it is me, it is us.” Rebecca is then once more plopped into one other reminiscence, although Peter initially guarantees that they are often collectively as equals this time. Possessing her physique, Peter walks into the lake. Rebecca returns simply as she is about to drown and sees Peter’s bloated corpse. She’s furious that he left her there on their own to die.
Peter’s new plan does not come to fruition till Dani rolls alongside as the brand new governess. His thought is to get Miles and Flora to completely invite him and Rebecca into them, promising them that they’d see their dad and mom once more. Peter absolutely inhabits Miles, however Rebecca spares Flora. In the end, none of this works attributable to an act of self-sacrifice — Dani breaks the curse by inviting the Girl within the Lake, aka Viola Lloyd, into herself.