Season 6 of “American Horror Story” was certainly a polarizing one. Some loved the unconventional storyline(s) and different take on the series. Others didn’t care for the found footage aspect or the fact that it was split into essential two mini-seasons, with the reenactment of a haunted house story, and then a “Real World” type return to the house that turned into a slasher nightmare. But all things must come to an end, as we take a look at the finale of season 6 and a return of a character from the past.
***SPOILERS AHEAD FOR CHAPTER 10 of “AMERICAN HORROR STORY SEASON 6”***
We get a quick glimpse of the cast of “My Roanoke Nightmare” during a fan convention panel before the second season gets started. We then learn through YouTube videos that the second season was even more popular than the first. But there’s only one person who could see the success, as Lee Harris was the only one to make it out of the terrors of the blood moon during the filming of “Return to Roanoke: 3 Days in Hell.” But what happened to her afterward?
The final episode of the season 6 lays out a television special, chronicling Lee as an awarded cop up to her involvement in the show, and the consequences of that.
Another show, Crack’d, showed the resulting trial of Lee Harris and what everyone went through, including Flora, and how both trials played out. It seemed to rival one of our most riveting trials, the O.J. Simpson trial. In the end, as the prosecutor points out, there really are no winners.
While interested in the fate of Lee, what we were really waiting ever since showrunner Ryan Murphy teased it, was the return of our favorite exposé reporter, Lana Winters. This is one of only a couple of times a character has directly crossed over from one season to another. Lana Winters, played by Sarah Paulson, in her third role in this story, was season 2’s main protagonist, a reporter who was locked in an asylum for which she was investigating. Here, she comes out of retirement to lead a Lana Winters special with Lee Harris.
It was good to see Paulson in true form as Winters, although it seems like just about any role she even touches turns to gold, she is that amazing. I was waiting for Lee to say at some point “you look familiar.” She kicked off with the hard questions in true prime time format, tried to catch Lee off guard, who also showed up in true form, ready to defend herself against everything as she has since the beginning of the season. The back and forth between, each trying to get into the other’s mind, was fascinating.
And that’s when things completely went crazy. Revenge was playing out on live TV. And it didn’t play out like anyone thought.
Guess what? We get a third TV show in a single episode! The fictional television show “Spirit Chasers” returns to Roanoke in the middle of the blood moon to decide if the house is truly haunted or if it’s the biggest hoax ever. While a great rendition of several of the ghost hunting shows we’ve come to know in the past, I wonder if another return to the house was overdoing it. While definitely creepy enough, we’ve seen this before, although it still managed to pack in a few surprises. Lee has the best line of the night when she tells the filming crew “You *bleep*s deserve to die.”
The finale of this season reminded me a lot of the end of season 2. Not only because of an older version of Lana Winters but how there was a prime time special, interviewing a survivor of the season. And that was only the beginning, as other storylines we thought were finished come to a head, and loose ends were tied up in unexpected ways. Parent and child come to a standoff. Time will tell how audiences will respond to this ending as well.
American Horror Story is already confirmed for a season 7. And there are the rumors that Ryan Murphy has been filming a secret season with a single writer and director that no one knows about. In true American Horror Story fashion, we’re waiting to see what happens next.
We’ll see you again next season!
Jason Stollery has horror films encoded into his DNA, going so far as to name his sons Michael and Fred. He can be found talking all things film on Twitter @smegghed.