On night 27, my horror marathon unraveled the final fears of ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ with Episode 9: “The Beast in the Jungle”, scoring a 7/10 on my scare scale. This episode brings us face to face with the ominous Lady in the Lake, known as Viola, and unveils a series of dramatic confrontations and bittersweet farewells.
Let’s Dive In
In a previous episode, Dani is seized by Viola and dragged to her old room. In a desperate move, Flora pretends to be Viola’s long-lost daughter on the bed, distracting the vengeful spirit. The act works, making Viola release Dani but taking Flora to the lake instead. Uncle Henry arrives just in time and rushes towards the menacing figure holding Flora, but a violent attack from Viola greets him, leaving him teetering on the brink of death.
In a daring act, Dani rushes to the lake offering her own soul as a refuge to Viola, who accepts the offer. A visual cue of this eerie exchange is seen in Dani’s eyes, which now sport two different colors.
Fast forwarding, we see Dani and Jamie cherishing a serene life together until Viola’s haunting reflection begins to torment Dani. Driven by desperation, Dani returns to Bly, ending her torment by drowning in the lake. As the narrative draws to a close, the reveal shows Jamie as the narrator all along. She recounts the haunting yet beautiful tale to a room full of listeners. Among them sits a grown-up Flora, who is on the verge of her own marital journey.
That’s a Wrap on Bly
“The Beast in the Jungle” ties the haunting and heartwarming threads of ‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ together. It marks a poignant end to the chilling narrative. As the curtains close on the ghostly tales of Bly, the episode leaves a lasting imprint. It encapsulates love, loss, and the lingering ties that bind the living to the dead.
Hermantown boy living in the desert.