The Haunting Of Bly Manor Ending Explained

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The Haunting Of Bly Manor has lots of twists and turns, many revealed in the final episodes. In this article I give you the ending of Bly Manor, explained.

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The Haunting Of Bly Manor is a ghost story, as well as a love story. There are a lot of twists and turns, just as there are with any good thriller. Some reveal themselves early on, and some come as a complete surprise. If you are looking for The Haunting Of Bly Manor ending to be explained, look no further. In this article I will break down some of things you might have missed, or that were just a bit confusing.

If there is something about The Haunting Of Bly Manor that still has you confused, let me know in the comments and I will do what I can to explain it for you. Enjoy! And warning, massive spoilers ahead for the whole season, as well the ending, of The Haunting of Bly Manor.

Be sure to read my The Haunting Of Bly Manor review.

Warning: MAJOR Spoilers for The Haunting Of Bly Manor.

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THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (L to R) VICTORIA PEDRETTI as DANI in THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020

Dani Is Haunted By Her Dead Fiancé 

Dani grew up best friends with Eddie. They became childhood sweethearts and eventually started to plan a wedding. It was clear in flashbacks that Dani wasn’t happy and eventually it is revealed that is because she is a lesbian. She doesn’t love Eddie like that and decided to end it with him.

He is, of course, upset when he hears the news, and stops out of the car to get away. This was bad timing however as a tractor trailer truck was coming down the road. His glasses reflect the light of the headlights and he is hit and killed. This is why Dani fled America, she just needed to get away. Whenever she looks in a mirror, she sees him there, with that reflection in his glasses.

Eddie did not die at Bly Manor so he isn’t really haunting her and stuck there like the other ghosts. It seems Dani is doing this to herself. But once she came to accept that perhaps it was not her fault, she was able to move on. She burned his glasses in the bonfire and he never showed up after that. This also allowed her to start a relationship with Jamie.

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THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (L to R) AMELIE BEA SMITH as FLORA , BENJAMIN EVAN AINSWORTH as MILES, and T’NIA MILLER as HANNAH in THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR. Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020

Hannah Has Been Dead Since Dani Arrived

I picked up on something being wrong with Hannah almost immediately. She would often stare into space, we would never see her eating in the present (only in flashbacks), and there was that crack she kept seeing all over the house. My mind went back and forth on if she was dead or not, but that was eventually revealed. 

One of the times that Peter Quint stepped into Miles’ body, he pushed Hannah into a well. It just so happened to be right as Dani arrived, which I think is part of the reason Hannah didn’t notice it. She also seemed to refuse to accept it. She knew something was wrong but somehow, she was able to keep on going. It wasn’t until Miles — well Peter inside Miles — took her to the well to show her that she realized it.

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THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (L to R) OLIVER JACKSON-COHEN as PETER QUINT in THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020

Peter Quint Killed Rebecca Jessel

After Peter Quint was killed by the Lady of the Lake, he stays on the ground of Bly Manor. Eventually he reveals himself to Rebecca and they try everything they can think of to be together. He can step inside of her but she gets pushed to a happy memory of them, and he gets pushed back to a dreadful memory with his mother.

She invited him in saying “It’s me, it’s you, it’s us.” as he suggests — thinking this will mean they get to be together in a happy memory. When this doesn’t happen, and he is left alone, he cannot stand to be along anymore. He walks Rebecca’s body to the lake and drowns her in it. Actually abandoning her body right at the end, making her feel the death on her own.

Early on in the series there is talks of how ne one could understand how Rebecca could kill herself like that. And they even mention that she hated that lake. But it is because it was Peter, not Rebecca.

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THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (L to R) VICTORIA PEDRETTI as DANI and BENJAMIN EVAN AINSWORTH as MILES in THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR. Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020

Peter Quint Has Been Taking Control Of Miles

Throughout the series, it was obvious that something is wrong with Miles. Sometimes he is a complete sweetheart, and other times he seems evil, rude, and just not right. It turns out that Peter Quint has been stepping into Miles and taking control of his body. He makes him do things that he would never do, and act ways that he would never act. 

I figured this out pretty early on because Miles did things like watch Dani undress and ask for alcohol. This made it seem like he was much more adult and grown up, and I had a feeling someone was inside of him, I just wasn’t sure who, or how. The one thing that I didn’t understand is how Peter took control of Miles at school to get him kicked out, if he could never leave the ground of Bly Manor. 

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THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (L to R) TAHIRAH SHARIF as REBECCA JESSEL and AMELIE SMITH as FLORA in episode 103 of THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020

Rebecca Jessel Betrays Peter Quint

Peter Quint has been working on a plan to get him and Rebecca back together, as humans, not ghosts. Also a plan that would allow them to leave Bly Manor. It turns out that plan includes them going inside of Flora and Miles, and tucking them away in what they call a “forever house” with their mom and dad. Peter is more into this plan than Rebecca is, which is pretty obvious from the start. 

Once Dani discovers the truth, Peter knows they are on a time crunch. He pushes Rebecca to do their plan earlier than anticipated. She goes along with it, but actually tells Flora to pretend. When Miles/Peter leaves to take care of Hannah, Rebecca reveals herself as not inside Flora at all, and they untie Dani. Rebecca tells Dani to take Flora far away from Bly Manor, and never come back. Which she was about to do until she got caught in the path of the Lady of the Lake.

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THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (L to R) AMELIE SMITH as FLORA and TAHIRAH SHARIF as REBECCA JESSEL in THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020

Viola Is The Lady In The Lake

The second to last episode of The Haunting of Bly Manor is spent explaining the story of Viola, and her younger sister, Perdita. Determined to be the lady of the manor, she marries for business purposes mostly. When Viola gets ill, she refuses to die. Because of the nature of her illness she is told not to be around her daughter, husband, or sister much. She sees the way her husband looks at her sister, and does not like it.

She lives for years after her diagnosis, but eventually her sister kills her. Puts her hand over her mouth and suffocates her. Telling herself this is for mercy but that simply isn’t the case. Before her murder, Viola packed away her fancy dresses and jewels, locking them in a chest that is to be given to her daughter when she is of age. Viola’s soul also seems to be locked in that chest. Waiting for the day her daughter will open it. 

The day seems to finally come but instead of it being her daughter, it is her sister. Enraged, she murders her sister, just as her sister did to her, and leaves her body in the attic (this is the woman we see in the attic with no face). Viola’s husband discovers this, and decides to leave Bly Manor with his daughter, never to return. But first, they throw the chest in the lake, which is why Viola lives in the lake now.

She sleeps, she forgets, she wakes, she walks… Viola is always looking for her daughter. Her daughter who moved away from Bly Manor long ago. She does this every so often — the same path. From the lake, up to the bed she shared with her daughter, and back down to the lake. If any unfortunate person should cross her bath, she grabs them by the neck and takes them with her. Which is exactly what happened to Peter Quint. 

Because of Viola’s strong will to not depart and move on, everyone who dies at Bly Manor stays there. Stays until they fade away as memories, and their faces along with that. Not everyone can see them, but they are there.

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THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (L to R) AMELIE SMITH as FLORA and VICTORIA PEDRETTI as DANI in THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020

Memory Hopping

Unfortunately for them, the also seem to “memory hop”. They go back in time, are tucked away into memories, and forced to relive them over and over. Some are pleasant memories, although really, they know they are in a memory, but Peter Quint always goes to a horrible memory of his mother. It turns out his mother threatened him, and she is the reason he was stealing from Bly Manor. She got him killed, essentially.

As for the children, Flora and Miles, they memory hop when Rebecca or Peter steps into their body. They get tucked away in a memory. It seems they don’t like it very much, but they do it because they think Rebecca and Peter are their friends. Of course they are just innocent children being taken advantage of. At one point, Miles even tells Peter that he is supposed to warn him first.

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THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (L to R) AMELIE SMITH as FLORA in THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020

Dani Allowed Viola To Come Into Her To Save Flora

In order to save Dani, Flora puts herself in Viola’s path. This works and Viola drops Dani, hurt but still alive, and takes Flora. She continues her path back toward the lake. About to walk into the water with Flora, Dani does the only thing she can think of. She repeats “It’s me, it’s you, it’s us.” which is what the kids said when inviting Rebecca and Peter inside of them. It works, and Viola goes inside of Dane.

As soon as she lets Viola in, the ghosts stuck wandering the grounds of Bly disappear. They are finally allowed to move on. This releases Miles from Peter’s grip as well. 

In the end, after years of living with Viola inside of her, Dani couldn’t take it anymore. She felt the urge to kill Jamie in her sleep, but she fought it. Dani went back to Bly Manor and drowned herself in the lake. Giving the ultimate sacrifice so that Viola would never kill again. 

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THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (L to R) VICTORIA PEDRETTI as DANI and AMELIA EVE as JAMIE in episode 103 of THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020

Jamie Is Telling The Story At Flora’s Wedding

The first episode starts off at a rehearsal dinner for a wedding, and someone telling a ghost story around the fireplace. At the end of the final episode, the narrator is revealed to be Jamie. The bride starts to walk away after the story ends, and mentions that her middle name is Flora.

During the wedding we see glimpses of who everyone was long ago. Sure they are all drown up now, but this is actually Flora’s wedding. Henry is there (and oh by the way, he is her real father which was revealed somewhat early on), Miles is there, and Owen is there.

As Owen talked about with Dani and Jamie earlier in the episode, Flora and Miles had pushed those memories of Bly Manor from their heads. Sure, they remember that they stayed there as children, but they don’t recall the haunting details.

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THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (L to R) AMELIE SMITH as FLORA in episode 101 of THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020

The Dolls Represent Everyone In The House – Dead & Living

This isn’t really explained at the ending of The Haunting of Bly Manor, but it can be assumed. Flora uses the doll house to know where everyone in the house is. It is how she knew that Dani got out of bed that first night. It is also how she knows when the Lady in the Lake is on the hunt. 

I hope you enjoyed this article in which I give you The Haunting of Bly Manor ending explained. If I missed something that you are still curious about, please comment below and let’s discuss.

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THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR (L to R) T’NIA MILLER as HANNAH, BENJAMIN EVAN AINSWORTH as MILES, RAHUL KOHLI as OWEN, AMELIE SMITH as FLORA, and VICTORIA PEDRETTI as DANI in episode 101 of THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR Cr. EIKE SCHROTER/NETFLIX © 2020

About The Haunting Of Bly Manor

From The Haunting of Hill House creator Mike Flanagan and producer Trevor Macy comes THE HAUNTING OF BLY MANOR, the next highly anticipated chapter of The Haunting anthology series, set in 1980s England. After an au pair’s tragic death, Henry Wingrave (Henry Thomas) hires a young American nanny (Victoria Pedretti) to care for his orphaned niece and nephew (Amelie Bea Smith, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth) who reside at Bly Manor with the estate’s chef Owen (Rahul Kohli), groundskeeper Jamie (Amelia Eve) and housekeeper, Mrs. Grose (T’Nia Miller). But all is not as it seems at the manor, and centuries of dark secrets of love and loss are waiting to be unearthed in this chilling gothic romance. At Bly Manor, dead doesn’t mean gone.

Producing partners Flanagan and Macy drew from the iconic supernatural stories of Henry James, to create the ensemble drama which also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel, and Tahirah Sharif. The series is executive produced by Flanagan and Macy for Intrepid Pictures, along with Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey for Amblin Television.

The Haunting Of Bly Manor comes to Netflix on October 9th!

33 Comments

  1. I don’t see how Quint can be possessing Miles at boarding school. Quint was still alive when Miles (and Flora) left school early to return to Bly. Ms. Jessel was not hired to be the children’s live-in tutor and brought to Bly (and meet Quint) until Miles and Flora left school.

    Quint had to still be alive at that point because he could leave Bly Manor (any ghost who died there, as Quint did, couldn’t leave).

    The only other thing to explain it would have to be some kind of time travel or the dream hopping.

    • Jessica Coombes on

      I think Miles was acting that way at school on his own so that he could get kicked out because Flora wanted him to come home.

      • Here’s my question. Why couldn’t Flora and Miles remember anything at all. She used their names in the story. Why did they suddenly start calling Flora her first name instead of her middle name or did Jamie change the names on purpose in the story. Even so they said they remembered staying their as children so wouldn’t they have caught on during the story or did she change the name of the manor also. And what happened to Floras accent?? Even if she had lived in America for ten years wouldn’t she still have a hint of an accent? I guess I have several questions

    • Quint didn’t possess Miles at boarding school – he instructed him how to act. This is explained when he says “remember, like with the boy? You needed to do that to get back to your sister”. He just told him to do it.

  2. Thanks for the read.

    I’m confused by why when they tied Dani up, they kept saying they needed her? It’s mentioned at least once, that’s why Peter and Rebecca didn’t just outright killed Dani. What was the purpose of bounding Dani up? Peters plan never made much sense to me.

    Another thing is wouldn’t the names Miles and Flora be a clue to older Flora that the story is about them? I understand that she’s calling everyone else by their profession (the au pair, the cook, the valet, the gardener, etc). She uses the kids real names, revealed when older Flora says that Flora was her middle name.

    • With the names, I just assume she changed them up some. Like the older “Flora” said that it was her middle name, but we never knew that until the end. So perhaps Miles name wasn’t actually “Miles” and Bly Manor may have been a different manor, because although Miles and Flora didn’t remember what happened at the manor, they would have remembered the name being that it was their childhood home. Jamie probably changed the names for the story, which is was she said something along the lines that she doesn’t know if a manor by that name actually exists.

  3. If the lady in the lake killed everyone in that room, why did she never take Miles and Floras parents? I thought that was their room?

  4. I was wondering where lady of the lake was when the parents were alive and in the house? How come they never had a run in with each other before.

  5. I don’t understand why Miles and Flora’s parents or Mrs Grose never seen the lady in the lake?? I’m sure they would have seen her in all the time they lived there.

    I also don’t understand how Rebecca died? Did she drowned herself or did a ghost enter her body and drowned her?

  6. quint entered her body and made rebecca drown herself but jumped out at the very end so she could experience death alone.

  7. Two points still bother me:

    1. How come the parents never came across the lady of the lake?

    2. Why would he kill Hannah, that just complicates things for him, no?

    • 1. The lady in the lake sleeps and wakes up and walks around the manor to the bed room were she n her daughter sleeps. She repeats this often but it is obviously not a daily occurrence. You only get to be victim if you are in her path(lake to room). The parents have been lucky never to be in Viola path but mother has seen the muddy footprints which proves viola had always been walking while they were there. Another reason why they have been lucky is the Manor was their summer home and was not really a place they stayed all year round that I guess improved Thier odds of running into Viola.
      2. Peter and Hannah never got along and so he could not resist not killing her when he had the chance.

  8. NATASHA SANCHEZ on

    So what happened to Peter Quint at the very end? I’m not sure or I missed it…..since we see Miles later at the wedding.

    • That’s my biggest question! Nobody had mentioned how Peter is not in Miles anymore. There’s no explanation to how he can’t still be possessed.

      • I think the reason is, after Viola got into Dani’s soul all the other ghosts were released… The manor became a peaceful place etc.

    • Viola’s rage trapped all the souls in the Manor. When she entered Dani’s body that rage was quenched therefore all the trapped ghost including Peter were free to move on. Viola had a very strong will both in life and afterlife

  9. But I can’t understand one thing.
    When Peter was trying to get out of the manor, Rebecca let him into her soul but they couldn’t leave because Peter died in the manor.
    So how could Dani leave while her soul was possessed by Viola?

      • At the end when Flora is talking about being scared of loosing the love of her life and how it move on without him, Someday, I kind of wondered if that was still some of Rebecca Jessel ?

    • Because the whole ghost bubble was created by Viola’s stubbornness and rage. Her rage was calmed when she entered Dani’s body that was why other trapped souls were free after this.

  10. If Hannah died in the well the day Dani got there how come Owen and Jamie could see Hannah after that like at the campfire with Dani.

  11. 1. The lady in the lake sleeps and wakes up and walks around the manor to the bed room were she n her daughter sleeps. She repeats this often but it is obviously not a daily occurrence. You only get to be victim if you are in her path(lake to room). The parents have been lucky never to be in Viola path but mother has seen the muddy footprints which proves viola had always been walking while they were there. Another reason why they have been lucky is the Manor was their summer home and was not really a place they stayed all year round that I guess improved Thier odds of running into Viola.
    2. Peter and Hannah never got along and so he could not resist not killing her when he had the chance.

  12. If Jamie is at Flora’s wedding telling the story, how come the bride to be says that her middle name is Flora? Given the amount of time that has obviously passed, I would have thought that the bride was Flora’s daughter, rather than Flora herself.

    • It’s only been 20 years. The story with Dani happened in 1987, the wedding is in 2007. I think Jamie changed the names when she told the story. She told one of the guests that Bly Manor wasn’t really the name of the place, so I’m guessing she used Flora and Miles’ middle names and changed the name of the house so they wouldn’t know she was talking about them. The remember the house they lived in, but not what happened, so she changed the details they would remember.

  13. If Peter can’t leave Bly in Rebecca’s body, why would he be able to do it in Miles’ body? If I understand, the plan was for him and Rebecca to possess Miles and Flora and leave Bly Manor in their bodies, but wouldn’t they just be forced out again? Why would those bodies work?

  14. I still don’t see why Flora is suddenly a middle name. I assume Noah and Miles’ names weren’t altered.

    And i also wondered why Jamie and Dani never even considered a psychic or even an exorcist to get Viola out of Dani. It never occurred to them? They just let her hang around?!

    Thanks for the great explanations. I did notice those things about Hannah but never put them together.

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