‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’: The Ending, Ghosts, and Memories That Matter — Spoilers

[Editor’s Note: The following article contains spoilers for “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” including the ending.]Given you’re curious enough to read this, then odds are you’ve reached the end of “The Haunting of Bly Manor,” and are thus well aware of the distinctions separating it from its predecessor, “The Haunting of Hill House.” Less focused on inexhaustible frights and more ambitious in its thematic questioning of life after death, Mike Flanagan’s latest anthology entry for Netflix is also a bit of a let down — not for either of the aforementioned variations, but because of how close this tender ghost story comes to achieving the thoughtful resonance it seeks.Never is its brush with greatness more evident than during the season’s final two episodes, which come stacked with surprises as well as critical moments of clarity (as most endings should).

They also, upon reflection, provide a tidy way to divide “The Haunting of Bly Manor

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