And one of the questions that has come up repeatedly relates to an incident in Episode 8, a flashback that explains the origins of how the property of the same name was so terribly haunted.
During the episode, the character Viola becomes ill with “the lungs,” but many fans aren’t sure what exactly that means.
Read on for everything you need to know about “the lungs”.
What is the lungs
The eighth and penultimate episode of the series distracts from the main plot of Bly Manor and explains why the house was so haunted. It tells the story of two sisters who previously lived there, Viola and Perdita.
In the story, Viola, who would later become the Lady of the Lake, dies of an illness known simply as “the lungs” before becoming a ghost and killing her sister, who started a relationship with her widowed husband.
When Viola gets sick she initially assumes she has the plague, but when a doctor comes to check he shows that she actually has the lungs, which he thinks has a very poor prognosis.
Most likely, based on Viola’s symptoms and description of the disease, the lungs are referring to tuberculosis, which was a very common disease at the time, was not easy to treat, and was essentially considered a death sentence.
The disease is also highly contagious, which explains why Viola was not allowed to have close contact with her husband or daughter in the latter stages of her life.
Interestingly, while most of Bly Manor is based on Henry James’ 1898 novella The Turn of the Screw, this episode is actually based on another work by the writer, The Romance of Certain Old Clothes.
In the source material, Perdita is more likely to die than Viola, and the cause is not tuberculosis, but she dies due to complications in childbirth.
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