TV Snapshot: American Horror Story: Roanoke, Finale - Reviewed

Last week, we watched the found footage of Return to Roanoke: Three Days of Hell unreel, as it were, as the blood moon reaches its peak and the property’s spiritual manifestations boil over. Season two ends with only a single character left alive. The season finale of Roanoke starts with footage of another show called “Crack’d,” a play off of the real television show, Snapped (a show about women who have some kind of mental breakdown and become murders) and “actual footage” of the trial Lee Harris is on due to her life being on film for two years—her murders, her kidnapping and torture. Lana Winters (AHS: Asylum’s) comes out of retirement after her son, Bloodyface attempts to kill her, to do a final, fateful interview.

AHS: Roanoke is the most innovative television season in years. It is constantly switching back and forth between the world of reality TV and a regular TV show. Watching this season could easily confuse audiences, but with careful writing and editing, not to mention the incredible acting, you’re never lost and in complete focus as you participate in, what, in a way, feels like an out-of-body experience. You’re watching AHS, a show, that’s about a show (My Roanoke Nightmare) that has a sequel (Return to Roanoke: Three Days if Hell). We’re thrown into a fictional reality. I can only compare it to watching a movie based on actual events. Sometimes there are as many as two fictional shows going on at one time. It’s truly inspired.

Chapter 10, the season finale, wouldn’t be an American Horror Story “finale” if it didn’t have a signature climax. It all seems to happen so fast, but nothing is without purpose and is wrapped up in a pretty bloody bow. Roanoke is over and as the dust settles and as you look back at all the chapters, you piece together not just a horror story, but a heartwarming and emotional journey about sacrifice. Murder House, Asylum, Hotel, and now Roanoke are all about one character's severely harrowing journey to an inevitable sacrifice. This may be why these particular seasons are so revered – poetic even. Fans will be stuck re-watching past seasons on Netflix until season 7 comes around and will definitely watch Roanoke again as soon as it’s available.


- H