Flint area ‘American Horror Story’ fans are heavy in debate this morning following Wednesday night’s Season 1 finale. Ben Harmon (Dylan McDermott) joins his family in death while Tate (Evan Peters) and Hayden (Kate Mara) are punished by standing on the outside looking in at the Harmons’ happiness with eternal longing. And Constance (Jessica Lange) is raising Tate’s seed, Michael, who in the parting scene is sitting in a chair happily covered in his nanny’s blood, who he brutally murdered.
Local fans have mixed feelings about the episode and are asking some big questions, including: Is this really the end for the Harmons? Valerie McCarty of Flint is a huge AHS fan and weighed in with this comment:
‘If the angle of the first season is to tell the complete story of the Harmon family, then, they accomplished that in the finale. However, questions still remain about Constance and Michael’s future. My hope is that they continue their story, and maybe tie it back into the house, projected several years into the future, where Michael is a young adult. I’d also like to think Tate may be around to interact with his son. He’s also linked to Violet and Vivien. How can their story be finished?’
In the Harmons final scene, they are happily decorating a Christmas tree and Ben says he never thought he could be this happy. So, here is a take that the afterlife is a place of peace and happiness surrounded by loved ones who have also died. For the Harmons, then, it seems like it’s all’s well that ends well…
BUT, Michael is still out there alive and obviously demonic. And, he is related to Vivien (Connie Britton), Violet (Taissa Farmiga) and Tate. Will he stir things up and disturb their seemingly happy existence? What kind of horrible havoc is he going to create for humankind? Will Season 2 continue with Michael’s reign of terror and will any of the current cast return?
Per a previously published Examiner exclusive interview with Evan Peters, nobody knows yet who is going to return, if anyone, for Season 2. He said:
‘Next season, I don’t know when it starts. We don’t even know if we’re in it. It could be a whole new cast, it could be the same people, we don’t know.’
Flint area native/AHS enthusiast Valerie Lussier offered these thoughts:
‘Last night’s finale was somewhat anti-climactic with the intensity of the storyline pulled back several notches. We learned that only in death can the Harmon family come together and be happy again. Even dark and brooding character Violet was all smiles and perkiness during this episode. Vivien and Ben skipped hand-in-hand through death as they proceeded to terrorize all the new occupants of the house. Now they will live an eternity as a happy family just decorating the Christmas tree.
In the traditional pattern of shows like Dexter, AHS ended this season as a complete thought. I was disappointed that there were no previews to give a small glimpse into the future of the Harmon and Langdon family. Is this the end? I think not!
I believe that new characters will be introduced…in a more permanent way than last night. The current characters will continue on but in a different role. I am very sure Tate and Violet will continue as things unfold between them. And, [I believe] Jessica’s character will continue on as well. I feel she will be a common consistent thread throughout the plot and story.’
Lots of fans are invested in the Harmons and were enthralled with Violet and Tate as a couple, and really don’t want this to be the end of their story. Tate verbally admitted all of his crimes to Ben. And Ben still questions his sincerity, and deems him a pathological liar. But, if he is sincere in his remorse or accountability, is the ultimate message that it’s too little too late and Tate deserves to pay for his sins with eternal longing that will never be fulfilled? Also per his Examiner interview, Evan Peters said:
‘I think he has changed. I think Violet definitely did change him. I think it was done a little bit too late for her. I think he’s redeemable, he just has to continue on the path and it’s gonna be a really long path before he’s a wholesome boy. It’s not gonna be anytime soon. We’re talking a century or so he’s got before he can really round out all the kinks that’s gone wrong with him.’
Where anyone goes from here, depends on Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, the writers and the overall format of the show.
Will each season feature a whole new family and possibly even a whole new locale? Ryan Murphy gave an interview to EW following the finale, but did not discuss the future of the show and what direction Season 2 will take. He did say:
‘Working on many shows, I feel like this was the [finale] I was most proud of because that was the through-line from the beginning. I feel like that first season of American Horror Story by design feels like a little Edgar Allen Poe novella. It was designed to be very contained.’
Does this seem like ultimately, this is the end of the story for these characters? Local fans are mixed in their opinion of how the show moves forward. Ray McCarty of Flint said:
‘I will be disappointed in this show if Season 2 does not pick up with Constance and Michael somehow. Jessica Lange is the backbone of this show, and something is up with Constance, to be an abusive mother and get away with it for all these years. And where is child number 4? Is that question never going to get answered? No matter what, they should pick up the story thread with Michael to serve justice to the story they just took so long to tell to get him here. Why go through a demonic conception if the story just ends with one nanny’s murder?’
Watch the Golden Globe Awards on Sunday, January 15th at 8 PM EST on WEYI NBC25 in Flint to see if ‘American Horror Story’ and Jessica Lange take home the awards for Best Drama Series and Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series.