Warning: This article contains spoilers from American Horror Story: Roanoke
American Horror Story terrified viewers worldwide with it's latest season Roanoke by creating a darker, more realistic tone than anything the show has ever produced before. Most of the season focused on camera based footage — from fictional TV shows to documentaries, Roanoke charted the #horror story of all the people involved in the production of those two #TV shows. Now the horror has come to an end as Roanoke reached its unusual yet completely believable ending in "Chapter 10."
As much of the episodes that have come before it, "Chapter 10" featured several casualties. Last week's "Chapter 9" showed Lee escape the traumatizing three days in hell, confirming her as the survivor following the deaths of Monet Tumusiime and Audrey Tindall.
One thing about Roanoke is that it handled deaths in a much more subtle way than previous seasons and after a season full of massacres, the quiet culmination of "Chapter 10" felt rather poetic. Whether you've seen the episode yet or not, let's take a look back at all of the key deaths from the finale and what their deaths now signify for the Roanoke narrative.
After somehow escaping death at the hands of both the participants of Return to Roanoke and the colonists, the last remaining member of the Polk family decided to intercept Lana Winters' exclusive interview with Lee Harris — with the intention to kill the woman primarily responsible for the death of his family. Lana, as she always has done, ran straight towards the action and tried to protect Lee by taking Lot Polk into dropping the assault rifle.
Polk decided he didn't want to listen to Lana anymore so he hit her with the rifle but before he could shoot Lee, Polk was killed by the officers on sight. The broadcast cut off after this so we don't know what happened next. His death means that there are no longer any remaining Polks — the disturbed family is all gone.
Putting his death into perspective, Lot was probably the luckiest Polk because — although his death was brutal — he did not die on the Roanoke land during the Blood Moon. His entire family however we're not that lucky, meaning that their souls are tied to the Roanoke land, taking orders from The Butcher for all of eternity. I don't envy them.
The Spirit Chasers
Following Lee Harris' acquittal, fans got yet another reality show within a show called Spirit Chasers — a fictional version of series' like Ghosthunters — that saw an unauthorized group of literal spirit chasers enter the Roanoke house during the Blood Moon cycle to try and capture the ghosts on camera. The three of them — Bob, Dave and Tracey — were biting off more than they can chew.
In the middle of the shoot, Lee showed up in search of Flora and it wasn't long before three spirit chasers realized that there was more than enough truth in My Roanoke Nightmare as the house came to life. After Dave was taken by one of the Chen spirits, Tracey and Bob made a run for it. The police had simultaneously showed up when they heard about the disturbance. Tracey was sliced open by the butcher and Bob and the surrounding police officers were killed with arrows from the colony.
Another Blood Moon, another series of murders — clearly the folks of America just aren't getting that you don't — under any circumstances — enter the Roanoke land during the Blood Moon cycle. The only spirit chasing that these three will doing will be per the Butcher's request.
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Leslie Jordan returned to the show in the Roanoke finale, playing an actor called Ashley Gilbert. The actor had previously been seen playing the re-enacted version of psychic Cricket Marlow — who fell victim to The Butcher's extreme killing methods — in My Roanoke Nightmare but since the documentary came to its conclusion, we haven't seen him because he never took part in Return to Roanoke. The Spirit Chasers needed someone on hand who knew what they were looking for so they called Gilbert.
When the house started to come alive with spirits, the Piggy Man emerged from the shadows. Gilbert, who clearly though he was being smart, used the words he'd learnt from his role as Cricket, yelling "Croatoan" to repel the creature. Unfortunately it didn't work as Gilbert was sliced pen by Piggy Man.
Gilbert's death marks the death of another primary character involved in My Roanoke Nightmare. The fact that "Croatoan" didn't work can mean one of two things — firstly, My Roanoke Nightmare embellished a little and is perhaps not historically accurate. However, it's more than likely that the spirits are immune to words of repellence during the Blood Moon — during this time they essentially 'come alive' so they are no longer just ghosts.
Lee found Flora at the Roanoke farmhouse, but the young girl refused to go home with her mother. Instead, Flora wanted to stay with Priscilla — the young ghost girl she'd met during her first stay at the haunted house. However, in order to stay with Priscilla she would've needed to "become like Priscilla" — something that Lee refused to let happen. Instead, in an attempt to save her daughter's life — as well as win back her affection — Lee deiced that she would stay and protect Priscilla from The Butcher. In order for this plan to come to fruition, Lee would have to die.
In an emotional scene, Lee gave Priscilla a gun and the next thing viewers saw was the Roanoke farmhouse being blown up. As Flora was rescued by police officers, she stared out the window as Lee, holding Priscilla's hand, waved goodbye to her daughter. The two ghosts departed into the old dark forest — ready to begin their new chapter.
When Return to Roanoke began several episodes ago, we were informed that there would only be one Roanoke survivor. While it's true that Lee survived the three days in hell, it turns out that Flora is actually the only original survivor of the Miller/Harris family. Lee may have been damaged, but she did everything she could to protect her daughter — including giving up her own life. In the words of Lana Winters, it's always been about Flora.
Roanoke may be over but there is still time to indulge in some messed up moments in American Horror Story's previous seasons here:
And that's a wrap on another chilling season of FX's American Horror Story. Roanoke was certainly one of the bloodiest seasons yet as we lost at least one character with each passing episode and we never knew who one would meet their maker next. The inclusion of the reality TV element provided for a terrifying narrative — both My Roanoke Nightmare and Return to Roanoke were scary and not something I would advise to watch alone.
The appeal of Roanoke lay in AHS's decision to drop the campy tropes of the show in favor of more stripped back horror elements which provided for an extremely well written, well acted and well directed experience. Whether you enjoyed the finale or not, Roanoke will go down in the history books as the scariest of all the American Horror Story seasons and I doubt they'll ever top that.
American Horror Story will return to FX for its seventh season some time next year. How did Roanoke rank with you? Tell me your thoughts on the season in the comment section below.