'The Haunting of Hill House': Will there be a season 2?

16 October 2018, 13:05 | Updated: 16 October 2018, 15:48

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Nicky Idika

By Nicky Idika

The Crain family has been through hell and back at the hands of their haunted home, but are Netflix primed to give the horror series a second season? The show is doing incredibly well with critics and fans, but does that mean it will return for season 2?

Slow burning horror thriller The Haunting Of Hill House has audiences hooked on the terrifying family ghost story. The 10-episode series, which comes complete with numerous hidden ghosts and a jam packed finale, hardly seems ready to bow out with one season. So, could there really be a second series of The Haunting Of Hill House, are the actors on board, and will Netflix and Paramount make fans' scary season 2 dreams come true?

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The Haunting Of Hill House is getting great reviews

At present, The Haunting of Hill House is sitting at a comfortable 89% on Rotten Tomatoes. The reviews are generally positive and audiences seem to be connecting with the slow burning series.

Of course, Netflix has also recently renewed shows with incredibly low critic and audience ratings (see: Insatiable) and cancelled ones with decent critic ratings (see: Seven Seconds).

However, The Haunting Of Hill House does seem like a series Netflix would want to hold on to. An original with a wildly talented cast and endless storytelling potential gives The Haunting Of Hill House real season 2 chances.

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The cast and crew are open to doing a season 2 of 'The Haunting of Hill House'

It's not just audiences who want to see a second season of the thriller. The actors who play the Crain family have expressed enthusiasm at the idea of another season.

"We're just gonna wait and see how the audience responds to it and then we're gonna figure out whether there's gonna be a second season and if that's gonna be, like, a sequel. It could also be an anthology which excites me," said Michiel Huisman (Steve Crain) in a Build Series interview.

Kate Siegel, who plays Theo Crain, was quoted by multiple media outlets as saying she would "absolutely" be interested in returning to the role and her TV family.

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There would be plenty of story lines to explore.

While episode 10 did seem quite thorough in how it ended things, having 3 out of 7 Crain family members as ghosts does open up a world of storytelling possibilities when it comes to potential future Hill House residents.

Exploring the origins of Hill House and offering fans a look at its previous residents and caretakers is also a solid avenue to go down. Splitting time between the present and the past or even going full anthology, like Michiel Huisman suggested, could be a way to keep the series fresh and avoid a season 2 slump.

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So, will there be a season 2 of The Haunting of Hill House?

Michiel Huisman has hinted in several interviews that Netflix and show creators are watching to see if The Haunting of Hill House is a hit. He has also made it clear that the show's director, Mike Flanagan, is full of different ideas.

If it's a hit, based on the general mood of the statements being made, it's pretty safe to assume that Netflix would strongly consider making a second season or even a spin off/companion series. At present, audiences and critics seem sweet on the horror series, something that could go a long way toward clinching season 2.