If someone were to point out two minor flaws with the first half of this season of American Horror Story: Roanoke, it’s that, for one thing, the whole reality series conceit grew tedious at times, and two, the plot devoted entirely too much time searching for Flora in the woods — drawing unfavorable comparisons to season two of The Walking Dead. The twist midway through the season made it all worth it, but the finale unfortunately fell into the same traps and was ultimately too clever for its own good, making it a disappointing ending to what would have otherwise been a very solid season.
The episode didn’t even feel like an episode, so much as a bunch of disjointed scenes slapped together. The episode opened to a flashback of the “show within a show” cast at a Paleyfest panel following the initial success of “My Roanoke Nightmare,” a scene I don’t really understand the point of other than to maybe fake viewers out that the entire second part had been staged. (I don’t know about the rest of you, but I immediately began screaming at my TV.) Instead of wasting several minutes of the episode winking back at the now-deceased characters in a pointless flashback, it would have maybe been interesting to — oh, I dunno — visit them in the afterlife, as the cast are all now presumably trapped on the Roanoke property as ghosts?