THEORY: Where Will The Haunting of Hill House Go in Season Two?
There is no doubt that Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House has been a smash hit with both audiences and critics. It has been the subject of many discussions online and now one month later, we are still discussing what happened and what will happen next.
Based upon the novel by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House tells the story of the Crain family whose experiences in the titular house returns to haunt them many years later.
The ending of the first season seemed to wrap the story quite nicely with the adult Crain children surviving the final episode and judging by the final scene, which takes place two years later, are completely ghost-free. But, where could the series potentially go if Netflix were to renew it for a second season? Well, I have my theories.
The Return of the Crain’s
Let’s start off with the most likely scenario: The Crain family return and are dragged back to Hill House for some “otherworldly” reason. As of the final episode there are three family members trapped inside of the house, doomed to haunt it as long as Hill House stands, and with so many other ghosts residing with them I’m sure the Crain family’s story could return in many ways.
One popular theory online is that author Steve will return to Hill House for inspiration on a sequel to his book, but of course, things don’t go as planned. I would like to see the second season give Theo Crain a more central role so we can see more of her psychic abilities and how it’s affected by Hill House.
A Different Family
As I mentioned in the introduction, season one wraps the story of the Crain’s nicely enough that we could consider their story told. But Hill House has so many ghostly inhabitants residing within its walls that season two could easily follow another family who make the same mistake of moving in.
Hill House is evidently abandoned in the present-day era of series one but as per horror tradition it probably won’t stay abandoned forever. I can easily see the house receiving even more renovations (the clock man will be thrilled to have something to do, I’m sure) with a new family moving in none the wiser.
The possibilities of who the new tenants are seemingly endless, they could be brand new characters or they could be a family who lived in the house before the Crain’s even stepped foot inside. This set-up would allow for a more straight-forward narrative which could negate the need of flashbacks and a duel narrative allowing us to see everything as it happens.
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One possible scenario, which I personally hope they avoid, is doing an American Horror Story and turning the show into an anthology series.
If the creatives do choose go down the anthology road then hopefully, they won’t go full American Horror Story, where each season takes place in a completely different time and location with a different theme (Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, Cult, etc…), instead it would be interesting to see each season focus on a different haunted house with different ghosts terrifying different tenants.
Adapt the Novel’s Plot
The unlikeliest scenario would be to directly adapt the novel. If you’ve seen the first two adaptations of The Haunting of Hill House, both called The Haunting (1963; 1999) or even Scary Movie 2 (2001), which parodies the 1999 version, then you’ll know that the Netflix show is not a direct adaptation. In fact, it should really be credited as “inspired by the novel by Shirley Jackson” as the plot of the novel verses the show is completely different.
In the novel, four people are invited to take part in an experiment to scientifically prove whether the paranormal activities that have allegedly taken place in Hill House is real, as you have probably guessed – the ghosts make sure their guests know that they are indeed very real.
This is obviously nothing like the show and while several characters share names with their book counterparts only the caretakers, Mr and Mrs Dudley have made the leap from page to screen somewhat intact. If they were to adapt the book directly the biggest problem would be that they would be re-treading something that we’re all a little too familiar with. How many times have we seen the story of a group of people going into a haunting house to see whether it’s really haunted?
This is all speculation and as of Thursday 15th November, the time of this article’s publishing, The Haunting of Hill House has still not yet been given a second season renewal. However, with the acclaim the series has received from viewers it is only a matter of time before we see some sort of official confirmation on whether the show will return or not.