The Haunting of Bly Manor has ghosts round each nook, lurking behind the manor’s residents and even possessing them from time to time. Blink and you’ll miss some of the ghosts, however some are rather more distinguished. One ghost seems continuously within the first few episodes, but it surely takes till episode eight earlier than we be taught his entire story.
The plague-doctor ghost will be seen within the background of many scenes early on within the season. Even out of focus or distant, he is simple to identify along with his lengthy black beak. Centuries in the past, medical doctors who handled plague sufferers wore recognizable masks with lengthy black beak-like noses. In response to Nationwide Geographic, these medical doctors believed the masks would keep them from catching the plague, which ended up being inaccurate. The journal quoted Charles de Lorme, a 17th-century plague physician, who described the masks as “half a foot lengthy, formed like a beak, crammed with fragrance with solely two holes, one on all sides close to the nostrils, however that may suffice to breathe and carry together with the air one breathes the impression of the [herbs] enclosed additional alongside within the beak.”
So why is a plague-doctor ghost hovering round Bly Manor? In episode eight we discover out. This episode takes it again a whole bunch of years in the past to when Viola (Kate Siegel) and her sister Perdita (Katie Parker) have been the women of the home. From there we be taught of how Viola fell ill and died, turning into the Girl within the Lake and setting out on a tear to seek out her daughter, killing many in her wake. When she kills, she swiftly grabs individuals’s throats earlier than dragging them to their loss of life.
After Viola’s loss of life, her husband and daughter depart the manor. It is then used as a quarantine zone in the course of the plague, after all having a plague physician available. The physician finds himself on the mistaken place on the mistaken time — in Viola’s path when she’s nonetheless trying to find her daughter. The physician turns into Viola’s first sufferer when she grabs his throat, killing him immediately. He is then pressured to stay on the manor with the remainder of the ghosts till they’re lastly let loose.