The following contains spoilers for every episode of The Haunting of Bly Manor.
The Haunting of Bly Manor’s dream-hopping conceit allows the dead and the possessed-living to jump from memory to memory, reliving key moments of their lives. Some memories, like Peter Quint’s encounter with his mother, are traumatic, but others, like Hannah’s first meeting with Owen, are sources of comfort. One thing the memories share is a disorienting effect on us as viewers, left to piece together the puzzle of exactly when everything is happening.
You can’t count on the past, Owen memorably tells Hannah, but you can count on the below: a chronological timeline of when the events of The Haunting of Bly Manor took place, all the way from episode eight’s historical flashback to the eve of Flora’s wedding…
Mid-17th century – Viola and Perdita lose their father, Viola marries, has a child and becomes ill, but remains alive for several years, until Perdita strangles her and her body is hidden in Bly lake, whence she emerges to haunt the manor, kill those in her path and trap the spirits of her victims within the manor grounds for centuries.