The launch of “The Haunting of Hill House” on Netflix has proven a hit both with critics and audiences. It’s also a limited event series by design as opposed to an ongoing one, so creatively there’s no need for a second season.
That said if Netflix should order one, the show’s creator Mike Flanagan confirms it will focus on completely different characters so as not to undo the careful work of the first season which admittedly has little resemblance to the Shirley Jackson novel upon which it is based. Speaking with EW, Flanagan said:
“I don’t want to speculate too much about season two until Netflix and Paramount and Amblin let us know if they want one. 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.
I love the idea of an anthology as well. But to me, 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.
I think more than anything, the show is about haunted places and haunted people, as Steve says, and there’s no shortage of either. So, there’s any number of things we could do, in or out of Hill House.”
The horror series would therefore be adopting an anthology approach similar to AMC’s acclaimed series “The Terror” which is getting a second season. Flanagan broke through with 2013’s “Oculus” and 2016’s “Ouija: Origin of Evil” before heading to Netflix with the films “Hush” and the Stephen King adaptation “Gerald’s Game”.