Everybody and their mother is talking about The Haunting of Hill House, Netflix’s ten-episode horror series (and so are we—check out our review here). Yesterday, series creator Mike Flanagan hinted that our time in Hill House may not be over.
“I don’t want to speculate too much about season two until Netflix and Paramount and Amblin let us know if they want one,” said Flanagan to EW. “What I will say, though, is that as far as I’ve ever been concerned with this, the story of the Crain family is told. It’s done. I think that there are all sorts of different directions we could go in, with the house or with something completely different.”
The series is only loosely based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel of the same name, which is still regarded as one of the best horror novels of the century. Even Flanagan once regarded his series “as fanfic[tion].” Hill House is itself one of the most powerful characters in the series; such a rich location lends itself to revisiting.
But it would be a mistake to bring the Crain family back to it, and Flanagan agrees. “I felt like the Crains have been through enough, and we left them exactly as we all wanted to remember them, those of us who worked on it. We toyed with a cliffhanger ending and we toyed with other ideas, but ultimately, in the writers’ room and with the cast and everything else, we really felt like the story demanded a certain kind of closure from us and we were happy to close the book on that family.”
We’ve met plenty of ghosts over the course of the series, not least Poppy Hill, the ghost that pushed Olivia Crain to her brink. I would love to see a series that chronicled her exploits and what tethers her spirit to Hill House, but then we run into the Han Solo Problem: so much of what makes her character intriguing is that we know so little about her. That doesn’t stop me from wanting to know, though, and Flanagan and the creatives behind the show have proven they know how to preserve mystery.
The Haunting of Hill House is now available to stream on Netflix.