With ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’ reaching its climax, there are a couple of promises left to live up to and even more questions to be answered.
In episode 9, viewers can recognize similar moments with the previous episode, including several edgy moments, lots of blood and gore, as well as unanticipated twists.
Wes Bentley’s character Dylan was last seen showing up at the Roanoke mansion decked out in his pig costume, still in character for the fictitious reality show created by TV producer Sidney (Cheyenne Jackson), who had already met his death in episode 7 together with his production team.
Meanwhile, Dylan, Audrey (Sarah Paulson) and Lee (Adina Porter) return to the Polks’ farm in an attempt to find the video of them killing off Mama Polk and her family, as well as to come to the aid of Monet (Angela Bassett).
However, Lee has her own secret agenda of going back to her taped confession, through which she admits to daughter Flora (Saniyya Sidney) that she was the one behind the murder of Mason (Charles Malik Whitfield).
Dylan’s character continues to be questioned by many fans as his intentions remain uncertain. Despite considering himself a committed actor who is passionate about what he is doing, he also mentions a lot about the military, its history and his code of honor- showing inconsistencies in terms of his character’s motives.
Actress Taissa Farmiga’s long-awaited debut on the season was also welcomed by fans as she portrays Sophie, who is obsessed with Roanoke and tries to get footage of the house to share to her followers on Instagram. Despite being a regular actress in the ‘American Horror Story’ anthology, Farmiga’s character was easily killed off together with her two companions as they meet their unfortunate death, no thanks to Butcher and Lee, who becomes possessed by the witch living in the woods.
Such occurrence came in as a surprise for Farmiga’s fans given the fact that the actress has played well-loved characters in previous seasons, including ‘Murder House’ and ‘Coven.’ This time, she merely lived for a single episode.
Surprisingly, Paulson’s character was killed off despite the actress playing lead characters who lasted for the entire season, as evident in previous installments. Nonetheless, a teaser for the finale episode shows journalist Lana Winters from season two ‘Asylum,’ also played by Paulson, being featured in an interview with Lee. This is evidence that certain ‘American Horror Story’ installments have been created in the same universe.
Other instances include the microcephalic woman Pepper, played by Naomi Grossman, appearing in two ‘AHS’ seasons. She first appeared in ‘Asylum’ where she was committed to Briarcliff Manor; her early life story was featured in a later season, ‘Freak Show,’ where she was introduced as a performer for Fräulein Elsa's Cabinet of Curiosities.
The ‘American Horror Story: Roanoke’ finale will air on Nov. 16, 2016, 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX.