We have finally woken up from our Roanoke nightmare as the season came to a close last Wednesday. The question is: did we want to wake up? I am torn between the two obvious answers of this question. American Horror Story: Roanoke has been quite a ride. We started out with the re-enactment, got thrown in to a wonderful reality show, and then thrust in to an exciting, yet rushed, finale. Here is why I feel that way and I hope you agree.
In the beginning, I think we were all pretty skeptical of the format of American Horror Story: Roanoke. It was bold, daring, but extremely risky. Then, we all fell in love with it. The actors playing the real life people were relatable; the behind-the-scenes interviews provided perspective; the story was suspenseful and terrifying. We also got treated to some steamy love scenes between the witch (more like Siren) and Cuba Gooding Jr. After that, in typical American Horror Story fashion, we got thrown for a loop. There was an announcement that everything we knew was gonna change by episode six. I’ll admit, I held my breath waiting for Mr. Murphy to ruin the season. I was wrong.
Return to Roanoke, the reality show portion of American Horror Story: Roanoke, was better than any of us could have hoped for. In the first part of the season, we knew who lived and who didn’t by who was alive to do the confessional portion of the show, but after episode 6, all bets were off. At the end of the first episode, an ominous message let us know that only one of them would make it out alive. Who would it be? Well, I wasn’t surprised at all and called it immediately. Lee, the real one, ended up surviving and murdering most of the cast, with most of them getting killed by her by the second to last episode. Once again, I held my breath waiting for the worst.
So how did I feel about the finale? I’ve got to say, it’s been a long road this season. I’ll admit that about halfway through, I had decided I was disappointed… that was until I reached the end and everything came full circle. It was tragic the way that it ended, but it honestly ended the only way that made any sense. Lee could not have a happy ending. I absolutely loved her character. She grew on me throughout the season.
However, the fact remains that she is a murderer. Sacrificing herself in the way that she did provided her daughter with a way to see her if she visited the house. That, to me, was love. I’m sure that Lee didn’t want to be condemned to that land for eternity but it was a sacrifice she was willing to make to pay the price for stealing a father from her daughter by murdering him.
Roanoke was not the best season of American Horror Story. Murder House still takes the cake for that title, at least for me. Coven comes in a close second in that ranking as well. However, Roanoke tied itself up nice and neat and was a beautiful tragedy.
There have already been hints towards the next season’s theme. It looks like we are taking the story abroad on a cruise ship. Maybe we will or maybe we won’t, but after how great this season was, I will be tuning in with all of you. Leave your comments below on what you felt was great, or horrible, about American Horror Story: Roanoke!