Netflix's 'The Haunting of Hill House' director explains what to expect in a potential second season
The Haunting of Hill House has been terrifying people for just two weeks now, but already we want more.
And, luckily for us all, it looks likely Netflix may soon commission a second series, with talks reportedly already set in motion.
But what to expect from the next season? If director Mike Flanagan has anything to do with it, the show will have one massive change.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Flanagan revealed that, in his eyes, the story of the Crain family was "done", and it was time to move on to another tale.
"I don't want to speculate too much about season two until Netflix and Paramount and Amblin let us know if they want one," he said. "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."
In addition, the director spoke about how the writers came to decide on the ending of the first season, stating they had considered a cliffhanger, but ultimately landed on giving viewers "closure".
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He said: "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."
Expressing his hope for a second season further, Flanagan added: "The show is about haunted places and haunted people... and there's no shortage of either... So, there's any number of things we could do, in or out of Hill House."
In an interview with JOE, actor Michiel Huisman (who plays Steve Crain) also opened up about the possibility of a second season, stating he had absolute faith in his director to come up with the goods.
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"Well, you know what. Very early on, when we were still shooting this show, we had conversations about what a second season could look like and I think that one of the crazy things about Mike (Flanagan) is that he is an infinite well of ideas and stories. I don't think he ever sleeps!" he said. "There are possibilities - if the show is a hit - to create a second season and still be in this world of Hill House."
He continued: "But I could also totally see him (Flanagan) pitch an idea where we just do a spin-off. Film an anthology series and take it in a completely different direction. We have to wait and see. That's one of the cool things about Netflix, they're open to anything. We'll wait and see."
So, Flanagan has the stories, the viewers desperately want a second season, all that's left is for Netflix to announce it.