The Haunting of Bly Manor‘s narrator twist is one of the show’s saddest, but eagled-eyed viewers may have noticed that the series revealed her true identity in episode 1. Believed to be a ghost story, The Haunting of Bly Manor tricked viewers into thinking that they were in for another round of frights, like what happened with The Haunting of Hill House. But while there certainly were ghosts and some jump scares peppered throughout, The Haunting of Bly Manor was, above all, a love story.
Victoria Pedretti’s Dani and Amelia Eve’s Jamie surprised audiences with their relationship midway through the season. While they had great chemistry early on, and there were hints to Dani being homosexual (or at least bisexual), the profoundness of their romance snuck up on people. By the time The Haunting of Bly Manor ended, Dani and Jamie’s short relationship on screen was a gut punch – fans were given so much in such little time, only for it all to be snatched away by the Lady in the Lake. That’s what clued people in to the narrator being Jamie, before it was made explicitly clear.
Flora’s wedding in The Haunting of Bly Manor‘s final episode revealed who survived and who they now were; Jamie was the narrator and she was telling Dani’s story the whole time. But what’s interesting is that when she – Carla Gugino’s older Jamie – first appeared on screen in episode 1, she was wearing a gold necklace. And then later in the episode, when Eve’s young Jamie first appeared in the kitchen, she was wearing the exact same necklace, thereby pointing viewers to the narrator’s identity. It’s an easy-to-miss detail, but Gugino and Eve’s necklaces are unmistakably the same.
Hidden ghosts aren’t The Haunting of Bly Manor‘s only secret details; quite a few of the show’s twists and turns are hinted at either subtly or more expressly in the first few episodes. As more and more information came out, it became easier to identify the narrator being Jamie, but it may not have been until episode 5 or 6 that most viewers would’ve had a proper theory on who Gugino’s character really was. After all, her accent didn’t match Jamie’s (for good reason) and the difference in appearance was difficult to justify, but then again, all of that was likely to throw people off the narrator’s scent.
In the end, The Haunting of Bly Manor gave audiences several clues as to who the narrator was. Even if people ignored the Jamie’s necklace, the fact that she knew so much about Bly Manor’s ghosts, not to mention what happened to Dani that summer, should’ve been enough proof to at least have a workable theory that Jamie was the narrator all along.