American Horror Story: Roanoke Has Revealed Its Lone Survivor

Spoiler warning for anyone who hasn't seen tonight's episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke.

Ho. Lee. Shit. (Pun!) Tonight's episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke went for the 2016 version of Blair Witch Project (or actually its sequel, since it's fans visiting the site of an initial horrific event), and by the end of the body-dropping found-footage extravaganza, there was only one major character left standing. Though not left upright, per se, since there were two people burned at the stake(s). Ladies and gentlemen, let's give a big R.I.P. to everyone involved with My Roanoke Nightmare except for Lee Harris.

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Who saw this one coming? Hell, I thought Lee was already dead back when her leg got chopped up and fed to others. As far as my initial reactions go, I think it was a nice change from having Sarah Paulson as either the "final girl" stereotype, or even just a still-breathing character at the end of the season. And really, Audrey's death offered up a pretty awesome last-minute guffaw, as she ended up getting killed by police as a result of her wild attempt to kill Lee. So now, Adina Porter's absolutely guilty Lee is going to be the one with the final say behind the events of Return to Roanoke: Three Days in Hell.

Somewhat hilariously, and keeping in tune with this season's odd juxtapositions, Audrey was screaming "Everybody's dead!" at the just-arrived Dylan (Wes Bentley), while Lee was there just beside her. It was a great moment to think about there at the end, just as the half-gone Audrey surprisingly showed up again and immediately got killed off. She shouldn't have yelled at everyone so much. I blame the yelling.

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Lee's survival makes next week's episode far more interesting than I expected. After all, it was only last week that she confessed to having killed her husband, and the whole reason this Return to Roanoke project exists was to make that confession happen. And in a truly heinous scene, she burnt up the Instagramming youths played by returning AHS vet Taissa Farmiga and Jon Bass. Since viewers have gotten to watch all of these events played out, that means that the footage still "exists," so Lee's guilt will assumedly be known by all, and the fire-bug murders should be enough to land her in jail even if there was no other proof about the husband.

It's presumed that this whole bloody affair will be covered journalism-style by - you knew it - Sarah Paulson's Asylum character Lana Winters, and I wonder if there will be any kind of explanation for what exactly happened to Lee after she took Scáthach's offering and turned into a dead-eyed murderer. Or whether or not that particular affliction ended when the Blood Moon ended. (Maybe she flips and kills her way out of custody or something.) There are lots of questions that still have yet to be answered, but it's impossible to know if those answers will come this season or in one of the future connected seasons.

American Horror Story: Roanoke's season finale is set to air next Wednesday, November 16, on FX. Look no further than our fall premiere schedule and our midseason debut schedule to see what you'll be able to find when this anthology season has wrapped for good.

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