American Horror Story: Roanoke ended its journey by bringing back a character from a previous season, and by introducing more shows-within-the-show.
Read on for our recap of the American Horror Story season 6 finale, “Chapter 10.”
At the beginning of American Horror Story: Roanoke 6×10, we are at Paleyfest. The cast and crew of My Roanoke Nightmare answer questions from members of the public, who are enthusiast to see their favorites all together – and still very much alive. When asked if a second season is in the making, Sidney answers that he has ideas. And we all know how his ideas turn out…
A year later, with the cast and crew dead (aside from Lee), Lee is on trial for the murder of her ex-husband Mason. We see footage from yet another TV show telling the story of Lee’s life. There’s even an interview with the district attorney who’s prosecuting her case and is sure without doubt that she is guilty not only of Mason’s murder but of multiple homicides, including Monet’s
The defense, though, has found the perfect way out. The marijuana found at the Polk farm had hallucinogenic properties, so it’s possible Lee had been under its effects when she committed the crimes. They plead diminished capacity, and Lee is acquitted of all charges.
The DA is not ready to let Lee go, though. He decides to go after her for her original crime: the murder of her ex-husband. After all, he has the tape of Lee confessing to the crime – the same tape she was so desperately trying to recover during last week’s episode.
What’s more, the DA has an eyewitness: Lee and Mason’s daughter, Flora. Neither Lee nor Mason knew that Flora was there that night, but she was hiding and saw everything. When asked why she was hiding, the girl replies that she didn’t want her parents to find her. She felt safer in the woods with her friend Priscilla.
After 16 days, the jury finally reached a verdict: not guilty. Despite the tape, the jury couldn’t send a woman to jail based on ghosts stories. Although Lee might have escaped prison, her daughter wouldn’t talk to her anymore.
As American Horror Story: Roanoke 6×10 continues, Lana Winters (Sarah Paulson) enters. We’ve met Lana before on American Horror Story: Asylum as a journalist committed to Briarcliff Manor under false pretenses for trying to expose its darkest secrets. Apparently Lana has decided to come out of retirement for a special interview with Lee, who will get to tell her side of the story live on television.
Lee tells Lana that it’s Flora who kept her going even during the darkest times of her life. In fact, Lee is currently fighting Mason’s family for custody of her daughter. Mason’s family members think Lee is a bad influence, and Lana says she can’t blame them. After all, there’s still a confession on tape. Lee shoots back that she hasn’t come on Lana’s show to be accused again. When Lana asks why Lee decided to speak to her on television, Lee says she was moved by Lana’s story and the fact that she killed her own son, Bloody Face. Lana replies that it was self-defense – her son was a psychopathic killer.
Lee proceeds to talk directly to the cameras, hoping Flora is watching. She tells her daughter she loves her and that she will never stop fighting until they are back together again.
At this point, Lana asks Lee where Flora is. It turns out that Flora was reported missing by her grandparents an hour before the beginning of the live interview. Lana tells Lee that if she has abducted her daughter again, she has to come clean. American Horror Story: Roanoke may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of time for drama! At that very moment, Lot Polk bursts into the TV studio with a rifle. He’s there to take his revenge on Lee. Lana tries to dissuade him, but Lot hits Lee. Luckily the police arrive before he can execute her.
Meanwhile on American Horror Story: Roanoke 6×10, we learn that another TV show, Spirit Chasers, will be investigating the Roanoke house. Joining the crew is Ashley Gilbert, who played Cricket on My Roanoke Nightmare. The crew is ready to spend the night in the house during the infamous blood moon.
Inside the house, Ashley finds a bonnet lying on the floor like the ones Priscilla used to wear. Suddenly, the crew members hear a noise and find themselves in front of Lee, who she says she is looking for her daughter. She thinks Flora is with Priscilla again. While everyone is searching the house, the Pig Man appears and kills Ashley, and all the other crew members are summarily killed by the house’s ghosts while Lee looks for Flora. On camera, we see Flora appearing and calling for her mom.
The next day, cameras and police surround the Roanoke house. They believe Lee is keeping Flora hostage. Inside, Lee is trying to convince Flora to leave the house with her. Flora says she wants to stay there with Priscilla, and she doesn’t want to listen to her mother. She says if she becomes like Priscilla, she will be able to protect her friend from the Butcher. Lee, seeing her daughter won’t listen to her, asks her to switch places. If Lee becomes like Priscilla, she will stay and protect Priscilla from the Butcher so Flora can go on and live her life.
During the night, flames start to surround the house. Flora comes out unharmed, and the police break in. Inside, we see Priscilla shooting Lee with her gun, and then the fire destroys the entire house.
Before she is taken home by the police, Flora sees her mother and Priscilla near the woods. The last scene of American Horror Story: Roanoke shows the house burning in the distance, with the torches of the Lost Colony in the foreground. It is still the Blood Moon – don’t you ever forget.
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