Episode 5 of The Haunting of Bly Manor (“The Altar of the Useless”) dives deep into the backstory of the housekeeper Hannah Grose, who’s warmly portrayed by the good T’Nia Miller. Till this level, the present does not expose a lot about Hannah. It is a improbable episode, albeit a considerably complicated one. The narrative jumps forwards and backwards between the previous and current, so it is exhausting to inform what is going on on, even when it is fairly a revealing set up with a serious twist. The factor about Bly Manor is that the puzzle items fail to make sense on their very own till you see the entire image. For that motive, Hannah’s story could not fully gel collectively at first. So let’s break down the important thing takeaways from episode 5 and speak about how Hannah’s recollections tie into The Haunting of Bly Manor as a complete.
How Is Episode 5 Framed?
First, here is the comparatively spoiler-free framework. Episode 5 jumps round many (massive emphasis on many) of Hannah’s recollections. We see Hannah assembly Owen for the primary time, sneaking up on Peter, calling Miles out for dangerous conduct, and speaking to Charlotte. The story begins within the current with Owen and Hannah sharing a candy second on the bonfire, with Owen proposing that they go to Paris collectively. They’re interrupted when Jamie presents to drive Owen dwelling. The episode retains going again to this second, in addition to the time when Hannah first meets Owen.
What Is Hannah’s Background?
In her early days of working at Bly, Hannah is married to a person named Sam. When Sam leaves her for an additional girl, Charlotte discovers Hannah in misery and asks her to remain on the manor. Hannah’s housekeeping place turns into a live-in one, although Hannah is hesitant at first. (Looking back, there is a ton of double which means right here as Charlotte talks about blind religion in a husband who’s all the time away, as we uncover her affair within the subsequent episode.) Whereas the Wingraves initially solely come to Bly for trip, Miles and Flora find yourself dwelling on the manor after their mother and father die. As they’re in-between au pairs, Hannah takes care of them.
What Does Hannah Uncover About Peter Quint — and Herself?
This is the place we get into main spoiler territory, so brace your self! Episode 5 drops a bombshell about Peter Quint. The top of “The Altar of the Useless” takes us to 2 chilling recollections. The primary reminiscence follows Peter’s final night time at Bly. The Girl within the Lake kills him, however Peter instantly returns as a ghost. When Peter sees the Girl dragging his physique, he unintentionally touches Miles and possesses him.
In reminiscence quantity two, Hannah sees Miles and Peter within the backyard simply as Dani is about to reach. However after all, Peter is already lifeless. Fed up with Hannah, Peter then possesses Miles and pushes her down the properly. The very last thing Hannah sees is a crack within the properly. This explains why she retains encountering random cracks and cobblestones and listening to water drip round Bly Manor.
Why Does Hannah Hold Going Again to Owen?
Episode 5 exhibits us the primary occasion of ghosts “slipping away.” Whereas the children get “tucked away,” the spirits return to recollections, as Peter later explains in episode seven. This accounts for why Hannah all the time appears to be disappearing or drifting off. Afterward, we would see Peter unwillingly hear his mom knocking on his door. Rebecca and Hannah even cross paths within the reminiscence of Peter’s final night time.
Whereas he is all in her head, Owen acts as a form of information for Hannah each time she returns to the second they meet. He reminds her that there is one thing off about Miles. He then revisits their dialog a few mouse being caught in a glue lure, asking her, “Does a mouse know when it is already over?” He gestures towards the tragic reality that Hannah is in denial about her loss of life. Nonetheless, there’s one thing on this denial that makes her comparatively current to everybody at Bly, not like Peter or Rebecca, who’re largely invisible.
On the very finish of the episode, Hannah tells Owen that she’ll go to Paris with him. However when she chases after him, she can not seem to go away — identical to Peter. Like so many others, she’s sadly tethered to the property as a result of Girl within the Lake’s curse.