Editor’s Note: This post contains spoilers for American Horror Story: Roanoke. Proceed with caution if you haven’t caught up.
I didn’t think it was possible, but American Horror Story: Roanoke was even more all over the place than Hotel. The mysterious season kicked off as a docudrama-style series, with actors doing reenactments of “true events” that happened in the spooky house. Halfway through the season, the show pivoted to a reality show, throwing the real Shelby (Lily Rabe), Matt (André Holland), and Lee (Adina Porter) into the house with the actors that played them in My Roanoke Nightmare: Fake Shelby/Audrey (Sarah Paulson), Fake Matt/Dominic (Cuba Gooding jr.), Lee/Monet (Angela Bassett), and their supporting cast. As that section came to a bloody conclusion, the finale took on several styles at once and only one person was left standing. Find out who in our full recap of the finale.
The episode picked up with the cast before they started filming the reality show spin-off. During a panel at Paleyfest, fans cheered for literally everything they said, and asked the cat burning questions. After the hubbub died down, the show cut to one of the fans visibly upset about how everyone died on the spin-off. But you know who wasn’t their fan? Lot Polk, the only character left from the Polk Farms.
The disgruntled hillbilly showed up later on, but we will bet to that in a minute. Before that explosive incident, Lee was put on trial several times. The first time around, she was tried for all of the murders she was caught on camera committing. But she was later acquitted because her defense team came up with the idea that the Polk’s hallucinogenic marijuana made her go on a crazy rampage.
But Lee wasn’t off scot free. Refusing to let it go, the district attorney took her to court again over her video confession to Mason’s murder. On top of the actual confession, and security cameras, the D.A. called Lee’s daughter to the stand to testify against her mother. Apparently, Flora was there the night her father was killed. After she told the jury about what she had seen, Lee went behind her back and told the jury about her ghost friend Priscilla. With that in mind, the lawyers chalked up her testimony as untrustworthy, and indicated that Flora was imagining her friend Priscilla.
Unsurprisingly, Lee’s relationship with her daughter was tarnished, and she was in a custody battle with Mason’s family to try to keep her. In the heat of the drama, Lee agreed to speak with Lana Winters (AHS Asylum) about her story. While seeing the character again was a fun walk down memory lane, Lee’s reason for agreeing to the interview (over the likes of Diane Sawyer, etc.) was because Lana knows what it’s like to kill a child; this was a big part of Lana’s story in season two.
As the conversation was starting to spice up, Lana got to the real questions. Apparently Flora is missing, and the host accused Lee of being responsible. Just as Lee was getting up to go off and look for her daughter, Lot Polk burst into the room guns-a-blazing, and knocked Lana out with the butt of his gun.
Meanwhile, a group of ghost hunters from the show “Spirit Chasers”, which is basically a knock-off of Ghost Adventures and Ghost Hunters, invited Ashley Neal /Cricket (Leslie Jordan), to investigate the Roanoke house during another blood moon. It’s obviously not a good idea, and clear that nobody seems to learn or believe how real the threat is at the house. It didn’t take long for things to go from zero to one ghostly hundred in a minute. Soon the ghosts of the house made their presence known and started offing the group.
Oh, and did I mention they bumped into Lee? Because of course they did. Following her encounter with Lana, Lee took a trip back to the house because she has a feeling Priscilla was responsible for taking Flora, or at least knows where she is. When Lee was finally reunited with her daughter, the cops had already surrounded the house to investigate. There was then a standoff where Lee refused to give up her daughter.
But they weren’t alone. Priscilla the ghost girl was there in the shadows keeping her finger crossed Flora would choose to stay in the house and protect her. Flora realized the only way to shield her friend from the wrath of the Butcher was if she became a ghost. So yeah, Flora is ready to offer up her life to protect a ghost–and Lee won’t have an of it. When her daughter proposed the idea, Lee shut her down and offered to become a ghost herself and stay to protect Priscilla instead. Like the savage she is, Flora agreed, and her mother was a goner (except she was totally visible immediately after unlike other characters who died.)
At the very end of the episode, we saw the house going up in flames as the Roanoke colonists marched towards it. Flora was the only one left standing, of course, if you don’t count Lady Gaga who never appeared as her actor character. I guess we will never know how Roanoke truly fit in to the overarching American Horror Story series.
What did you think of the finale? Were you happy with the outcome? Let us know in the comments!