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    wolfali
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    I finished this. Have to echo hopelessstar’s comments but that doesn’t mean I found this one bad or anything. It was still great television.

    T’Nia Miller might end up winning my personal awards for S. Actress in a Limited Series/Movie for the second time in a row!

    FYC OSCARS : VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", AMANDA SEYFRIED FOR "MANK", CHADWICK BOSEMAN FOR "MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM", PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY).

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    T’Nia needs to outright lead the next season (assuming it gets renewed).

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    T’Nia needs to outright lead the next season (assuming it gets renewed).

    She does. But considering how crazy with cancellations Netflix has been I’m keeping my hopes down.

    Fingers crossed it being an audience hit is enough to get a third season!

    FYC OSCARS : VANESSA KIRBY FOR "PIECES OF A WOMAN", AMANDA SEYFRIED FOR "MANK", CHADWICK BOSEMAN FOR "MA RAINEY'S BLACK BOTTOM", PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN (BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY).

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    The Haunting is insanely popular. I’d be shocked if it was canceled.

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    I finally watched the hyped episode 5 and wow did it live up to it’s expectations and more. I was initially confused but what a brilliant metaphor for dementia this whole episode was. It made me not only sympathize with Hannah but also everyone who suffers from dementia/Alzheimer’s. T’Nia Miller snatched my wig with that performance, especially in the last scene. First time I cried this season. Also I don’t mind that it’s not your traditional scary show or even Hill House scary. I love how they’re exploring different themes that are scary in a different way.

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    IM hoping they do Mexican Gothic for season 5 i think it would be a prefect novel to get the haunted house makeover

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    Season 3 you mean?

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    I just watched episode 5 and I have no words. Even though I wasnt surprised, it was still pure perfection. One of The best episodes of this year. Miller was amazing.

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    T’Nia Miller is TV Line’s Performer of the Week: https://tvline.com/2020/10/17/tnia-miller-the-haunting-of-bly-manor-hannah-performance/

    Very well deserved.

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    SPOILER ALERT

    Okay I finished this and that finale wrecked me. I am not a big crier but wow what a beautiful show. I’ve been weeping since finishing jt last night. It’s so unbelievably beautiful. I love how love, itself, is the thread tying all these stories. I do think that the comparisons with Hill House are inevitable but imo both are very different beasts and it is much rather like comparing apples and oranges. Both are amazing in their own terms, both has their own sets of flaws and yet manages to still tell deeply human stories. I really loved the kind of horror stories they chose to portray in Bly Manor. The episodes never failed to fill me with absolute dread or make me sad. I loved how they used ghosts metaphorically for depression/death/memory loss/love. Accents and inconsistencies regarding the British culture aside, every character really found a way to my heart at some point, even Peter fucking Quint. I guess my only complaint would be the way the episodes felt randomly strung together and their order did not make a bunch of sense (like I thought Episode 8 would have worked much better as Episode 4 and having the last two episodes focus on Dani would have made the finale so much stronger, but then again I’m not a writer). I think Hill House did a better job at interweaving the flashbacks with the present storyline. But, then I thought about it and it kind of makes sense considering the narrator is making the story up (or at least some of it) on the fly so I doubt she very much cared for the order. I also loved the little cause they gave for why the narrator decided to tell this story at the wedding. Also as a fan of The Turn of the Screw, I loved the fact that they made her an unreliable narrator in a sense (you’ll know if you’ve seen the finale and I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t). Lastly, Victoria Pedretti needs to play a character who gets a happy ending next season (I demand justice for Nell and Dani)

    Will definitely be re-watching at some point.

    Also Netflix needs to renew this show ASAP. It’s easily the best first season of any Netflix Original they produced this year (from the ones I’ve seen anyways).

    Final also: Mike Flanagan should have done the Ratched origin story we’d have a much much better show deserving of Sarah Paulson’s talents (the wasted potential of that show continues to haunt me still)

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    I echo so many points made in the preceding comment. I think comparing Bly Manor to Hill House is inefficient; it never was nor wanted to be like its predecessor. I am very bad at summing up my thoughts, but I will give it a go — without spoilers.

    I think it’s the most moved I have been by a TV show or film this year (maybe alongside HTGAWM’s finale). The last two episodes just hit in a way that I couldn’t have expected. They were so incredibly well done, and I don’t know how you leave that final episode without feeling a whole lot of emotions. This show uses horror in such a character-driven way, so that it actually affects you emotionally. Just brilliant. The season wasn’t as dense as Hill House, but it had a similar impact.

    The performances, whew. First off, Victoria Pedretti continues to be such a star. Between Hill House — her first job ever!! — You S2 and this, she is proving to be one of the best actors of her generation. Her sometimes exhausting accent work aside, I think she was better here than in Hill House, which is saying a lot. She shattered my heart into a million pieces. Her chemistry with the equally terrific Amelia Eve was undeniable. T’Nia Miller, T’Nia Miller, T’Nia Miller! You broke my heart! She was such a warm presence all season long, and by the end, she truly steals your heart. Oliver Jackson-Cohen had a better role in Hill House, but ep.7 was his platform, and boy did he use it. Cast him in more things! Carla Gugino and Kate Siegel both stunned with very little screen time. The former is so incredibly magnetic that it’s maddening — she does so much with just a single look — while the latter’s range is astonishing. Where is the praise for them?

    I sincerely hope this show doles out more installments, because I cannot get enough from this anthology series and the care with which it approaches its characters and themes.

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    I think to an extent it is ineffective to compare this to Hill House- and in doing so I set unrealistically high expectations for this- but still, if this show is going to be marketed and distributed as it was, its really only fair. In other words, they asked for it.

    This was good, but it was not great, and I really wish it was. Some episodes were fantastic, specifically episode 5 and the finale, before that corny as fuck twist (Gugino was great but that whole thing was unnecessary). A lot of it kinda felt incoherent, even if there was a loose thematic through-line (all that tension in episode 7 about Peter Quint for him to be an absolute after thought from there on out??? Also did Dani just suddenly eradicate years of trauma over her fiance in one night with a bonfire and bottle of wine?????). Again, trying not to overly compare to Hill House, but in that all the characters had their own arcs and separate stories that also interlocked and fit into the greater narrative perfectly, which didn’t totally succeed here to me. I know that Flanagan incorporated more than one Henry James work here, and it shows. It also wasn’t a fraction as scary as its predecessor.

    But, those qualms verbalized, I was incredibly entertained and emotionally invested. Pedretti was great and the supporting cast was aces as well. The T’Nia Miller praise is very justified, and I do find notable the parallel episode 5 horrifying and tragic twist regarding supporting character trend with this and Hill House.

    Excited for whats next!

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    Just finished watching this after a two night binging session. Hadn’t had a chance  to watch the week it released due to vacation. Let me say my thoughts, IT WAS PERFECTLY SPLENDID! I was worried when the reviews were out but all of my worries turned out be false. This season is a masterpiece as well. I don’t know what the critics were thinking reviewing the show. This season perfectly carries the soul of the first season while adding a new layer. Such a wonderful modern gothic horror story. It was the first time I felt peaceful when I watched horror. Mike Flanagan successfully told a tender story about love through the lens of horror. I never watched a horror movie or series before with a warm feeling tone. I found the story even more innovative than the first season. Episode 5 and the rest were just ground breaking. Acting wise everyone was great but Victoria Pedretti, T’Nia Miller and Amelia Eve were the standouts. The children were amazing in such a creepy way. The show is all over my twitter feed and imdv proves that it’s a hit as well. I’m already excited for a potential third season. Very eager to see how winter awards will respond to this.

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