The end of the American Horror Stories finale really didn’t make sense
(This article contains many spoilers for “Game Over”, the season finale of “American Horror Stories” which you can watch now on FX on Hulu)
The “AHS” universe is a hinge-free place – that’s the allure, in my opinion. But there’s disruption, then there’s disruption in a way that derails the show, and “AHS” certainly wanders into that latter territory more than we’d like.
“American Horror Stories” has actually managed to avoid this problem for the most part – the anthology format helps a lot with that. But in the final story, “Game Over”, this standard “AHS” problem comes up once again.
“Game Over,” which was written by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, is extremely meta, breaking the fourth wall by referencing “AHS” over and over again, and features several different twists. It actually makes sense until the end. But once there, he completely collapses.
A brief recap. The episode opens with a young couple going to spend the night in the murder house as some sort of tourist affair. But of course everything goes very badly, the couple get murdered, and we learn that it was actually just a video game scenario that a game developer mom made to try and impress her son ( Nicolas Bechtel).
But he wasn’t impressed, because she apparently didn’t understand the themes of the show or anything. So she makes an appointment with the real estate agent so that she can pretend to be interested in buying the real house from the murder – she would then be allowed to spend some time there and try to figure out its essence. So she hung out with some of the dead and had a long heart to heart with Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott) and then got killed as well.
His angry son thinks he can free all the souls trapped in the murder house by burning it down. And it works! Everyone is gone except Ruby, who has stayed behind to haunt the condos built on the ruins. Scarlett moved into one of the units and they lived happily ever after.
Except that it was also a video game. The finished version. Mom is still alive. The son wonders if the souls of Murder House have all evolved or if any of them are now free in the world. They go to lunch, and after the front door closes, an apple rolls on the floor – which means, yes, there are still dead people around.
There are several issues here. Why is the mom alive? If everything we just saw was just in a video game, that would mean the Murder House didn’t burn down and therefore there wouldn’t be a Murder House ghost in their own house now. If that actually happened and the story then turned into a video game, the mother would still be dead.
The only logical way to make this work would be if the mother was still dead. Which would be strange, as it would mean that she would be functionally alive since she can apparently go anywhere she wants and do whatever she wants. And this interaction wouldn’t make much sense:
Son: “Where do you think all the spirits that were trapped in the house of the murder went? “
Mom: “Those who wanted to stay stayed. And those who wanted to move on, maybe they went to heaven or hell.
Son: “Do you think any of them escaped into the world? “
Mom: “I hope not.”
Now the kid knew his mother was dead – that’s literally why he burned the house down. So “Do you think any of them escaped into the world?” Would clearly be an odd question to ask him if she was dead, as he would know that at least one of them did: the person he’s asking that question.
I don’t think there is an answer to be found here. There just has to be one lost detail that would make sense of it all, but all we’ve got here is a weird collection of conflicting information and a twist ending that was more than the episode could warrant.
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