You Def Missed This 'Twilight' Connection Hidden In 'The Haunting Of Bly Manor'
Netflix's follow-up to the hit The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting of Bly Manor, is the second in the anthology series. Loosely based on the 1898 novella, The Turn of the Screw, it recounts the story of a Dani Clayton, an American au pair in London. Dani is hired to look after Flora and Miles Wingrave, whose lives are haunted by ghosts, both physical and psychological. But fans might notice other supernatural connections, like The Haunting Of Bly Manor's Christie Burke, whose role as The Bride has ties to this show's past — as well as another past series, Twilight.
Warning: Spoilers for The Haunting of Bly Manor follow. When The Haunting of Bly Manor opens, it is 2007, and the narrator is at the rehearsal dinner for an upcoming wedding. As she gazes at the bride seated upfront, she begins to regale the guests (and viewers at home) with the story of how Dani took over the au pair position after the household's previous nanny, Rebecca Jessel, died.
Much of Bly Manor comes down to Dani watching over her younger charge, Flora, and Flora returning the favor by protecting Dani from the main ghost of the season, the Lady in the Lake. When the Lady attacks Dani toward the end of the season, Flora saves her. But ghost then attempts to take Flora instead, and Dani rescues Flora by letting the Lady possess her, releasing the ghost from her watery grave. But in doing so, Dani becomes unstable. When Dani wakes one night to find herself trying to murder her wife, Jamie, she wades into the body of water herself and becomes the new Lady in the Lake.
In the season finale, the narrator (who fans discover has been an older version of Jamie all along), reveals a now-grown-up Flora is the bride. Neither she nor her brother remembers the Lady in the Lake, holding only happy memories of Dani.
But for those with eagle eyes, the bride will look familiar beyond her character in this show. The actor who plays her, Christie Burke, is famous for another role in a supernatural tale: Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 2. She plays the teenage version of Renesmee Carlie Cullen, daughter of Bella and Edward, and most remembered for becoming the imprintee of Jacob the werewolf.
In most of the film, Renesmee is played by Mackenzie Foy as a young child, too young to marry Jacob or be imprinted by him. But as the film draws to a close, fans see Burke's older Renesmee, now married to Jacob, and facing a happy future, not unlike Flora in The Haunting of Bly Manor.