THE PERFORMER | T’Nia Miller
THE SHOW | The Haunting of Bly Manor
THE EPISODE | “The Altar of the Dead”
THE PERFORMANCE | When Dani Clayton arrived at Bly Manor in Episode 1 of Netflix’s gothic romance, housekeeper Hannah Grose referred to the English property as “an amazing, good” place. Those adjectives additionally simply so occur to use to T’Nia Miller’s flip as Mrs. Grose, a finely crafted job that snuck up on us and turned out to be one of the season’s most shifting performances.
Miller’s abilities had been greatest displayed in Episode 5, aka the hour through which each the viewers and Hannah realized [Spoiler alert!] that she was now not among the many dwelling. The script bounced Hannah round in time as she discovered herself incrementally slipping away, getting misplaced in recollections each heat and contentious. Miller pulled off fairly the feat, conveying Hannah’s confusion but nonetheless serving as the beacon that led viewers via the disorienting storyline.
In her scenes with Rahul Kohli’s Owen, particularly, Miller actually let Hannah loosen up. She smiled wider. She laughed extra. She flirted. The cumulative impact lent a looseness to her character, a girl so outlined by her service to others that she appeared to revel within the novelty of having somebody keen on how she was doing. And the longing that leeched out of Miller when Hannah and Owen shared a drink by the bonfire? We ache simply remembering it. What a tragic final result—and what an beautiful displaying by Miller, whom we hope to see much more of sooner or later.
HONORABLE MENTION | Just after we’d determined that The Haunting of Bly Manor‘s Peter Quint was a manipulative git with few redeeming qualities, Oliver Jackson-Cohen needed to go and blow that principle to smithereens along with his despair-filled monologue in Episode 7 of the Netflix horror sequence. When Peter fell into the sad reminiscence of his mom visiting his flat, Jackson-Cohen’s physique language instantly informed us that the character did not wish to be there. The script was sparse —Peter by no means explicitly stated that his father sexually abused him as a baby —however Jackson-Cohen’s tearful, offended supply communicated all of the ache, disgrace and remorse that Oliver’s phrases didn’t. Mark our phrases: Jackson-Cohen is a serious star within the making.
HONORABLE MENTION | When Lovecraft Country time-traveled to 1921 Tulsa, Montrose lugged alongside lots of emotional baggage, fueling a strong flip by Michael Ok. Williams. Even earlier than stepping via the portal, Montrose had gone via the wringer, confessing to Tic that George may be his father; spitting out the phrases between sips of moonshine, Williams made clear that within the absence of a spell that wanted to be undone, Montrose was detest to color himself a patsy. Later, we noticed that the journey to Tulsa was no timey-wimey lark for Montrose. Rather, ‘spherical each nook loomed painful recollections — of being struck by his father for effeminate conduct, however most of all of the second the place a crush named Thomas (“The first in an extended checklist of sacrifices I made to be your father!”) was about to be shot lifeless, as the notorious bloodbath ignited. When Tic prevented Montrose from interfering, Williams’ face registered each bit of loss, and trauma, revisited.
HONORABLE MENTION | We have a sense we’ll be seeing far more of newcomer Jordan Kristine Seamón, following her charming flip in HBO’s coming-of-age drama We Are Who We Are. Monday’s episode discovered Seamón’s Caitlin boldly exploring her gender identification after weeks of fascination with, and eager for, masculinity. But the expertise of shaving her head, sporting a mustache and pursuing romance with a woman appeared equal elements exhilarating and devastating for Caitlin — two feelings that Seamón performed with endearing authenticity. And on the finish of the hour, Seamón broke our hearts with a single phrase after Caitlin was reprimanded by her father: “Daddy,” she sobbed as she fell into Richard’s arms, leaving us in awe at Seamón’s capability to speak a lot with so little.
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