Was that really the season finale of American Horror Story: Hotel? I ask because it sure didn’t feel like one. Instead of a powerhouse ending, we were given an episode that focused too much on a character from another season,Â giving the majority of the characters happy endings, and leaving us with so many questions that it’s hard to know what truly mattered this season. The only upside to this mediocre finale, titled “Be Our Guest,” was the stunning performance by Denis O’Hare.
O’Hare delivered a consistent performance full of love, empathy, and some fabulous outfits. Liz Taylor truly became the heart and soul of the season. As much as I’ve loved watching this character, I was a bit surprised to see so much of the finale focused on her. As Liz and Iris took control of the hotel and renovated it, they still needed to deal with the ghosts still killing the guests. In a weird character twist, March couldn’t have agreed more. In 2026, the Hotel Cortez could become a historical landmark, meaning the souls stuck there could continue to have a place to call home. If the hotel were to be shut down and be demolished, what would become of them?
To give Sally purpose, other than killing, Iris connected Sally to the outside world via Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. While I think it’s entirely possible someone like Sally could find some fulfillment through social media, I don’t buyÂ that this would completely cure her of her loneliness and bloodlust. Where was the follow-through with this character? What would have happened had March sent the strap-on, drill-bit demon after her? Why didn’t she make good on her promise to kill John once he returned to the hotel?
Liz managed to stop Will from killing by giving him purpose through his clothing line again. Since Will couldn’t leave the hotel, Liz became the face of the company. Even though time passed, and Liz found new side to herself, she still couldn’t help but miss Tristan. Here’s where I rolled my eyes for the remainder of the episode: Billie Dean Howard (from AHS: Murder House) was hired by Iris to come to the hotel to help Liz connect to Tristan. While I found Liz’s sadness and Iris’ spiritual connection to Donovan okay to touch upon, I didn’t like how the show used the Billie character after that scene.
After Liz got the news she had prostate cancer, she decided she wanted to die with dignity at the hands of her ghostly family in the hotel, so she could be with them forever. As Liz’s friends wereÂ about to kill her, in walked the Countess, who had decided to hide herself. With a slice to the throat, Liz became another Hotel Cortez ghost. Thankfully, Liz was able to finally reunite with Tristan. In the most touching scene of the finale, Tristan admitted that he only kept his distance because Liz still had more life to lead. Let’s all give a collective AWE!
Now here’s where I have to give an UGH! The rest of the finale played out in such a bizarre, underwhelming way. We skipped ahead toÂ October 30, 2022 where the Hotel Cortez had become a hotspot for the supernatural obsessed. Billie Dean Howard conducted a television special every year on this night to try to connect to John, aka The Ten Commandments Killer. As we saw play out, John and his family went on the run for a while before returning to the Cortez. One night, John was heading backÂ to the hotel with blood bags for Alex and Holden when the police shot and killed him outside.
When Billie finally made contact with John, he told her his tale and invited her to see why he returns to the hotel every October 30th. Billie quickly learned what Devil’s Night was when she became the guest of honor at March’s annual serial killers dinner party. The group of notorious psychopaths threatened Billie that if she ever returned to the hotel, they would kill her. If she ever mentioned the hotel to anyone on the outside ever again, they would send Ramona after her. This is all well and good, but why did we spend a major part of the season finale focused on a character who didn’t even belong in this storyline? Billie was from Season 1. The episode would have been better served had we focused more on the characters we were supposed to be caring about.
The remainderÂ of the episode played out quietly as John met up with his now grown daughter, Scarlet, who had stayed awake waiting for him as her un-aged mother and brother slept in bed. Devil’s Night is the one night a year that the entire family can be reunited. Downstairs in the hotel bar, the Countess was flirting with a new handsome gentleman. Then…. that was it. Seriously, that was it?
I have to ask myself the question because nothing about this episode felt like a finale other than Liz earning her well-deserved happy ending. I’m not saying everything needed to be tied in a neat bow, but there could have been so much more follow-through on plot points that were thrown to the waste side. Here’s a run down of some of the questions I still have:
- What happened between the Countess and March? Does March make her have dinner with him every day, year after year?
- What happened with the Countess’ monster son?
- Why did the Countess hide herself way for so many years?
- Did March and Ms. Evers make up?
- How did Will explain his absence to his son?
- What the hell happened to Iris during the last part of the episode? Did she leave the hotel or kill herself too?
- Do Alex and Holden live at the hotel full time or are they still on the run?
- How does Scarlet live on her own? How does she take care of herself?
- Why would Ramona care about protecting the hotel? Was she still in love with the Countess and wanted her soul protected inside the hotel?
- What would happen to Sally once her electronic items got too old and she could not longer properly communicate? Did she ever find a soul mate?
- Why did the writers choose not to kill any of the bad guys, or at least give them some consequences for their actions?
- What the hell was up with the strap-on, drill-bit demon?!?!?!
I love it when a finale has an air of ambiguity to it, but this was too much. The entire season felt adrift and incoherent. The themes were all over the place (addiction, religion, desire, loneliness, etc.). There were far too many characters and plot lines that weren’t really needed,Â especially the ones brought in from other seasons. Also, having the same actor play two different roles within one season was too much. While I understand that Billie Dean Howard and Sally are two different characters, they are both embodiedÂ by Sarah Paulson which plays out weirdly when she portrays both characters in the same episode. Overall, this was one of the most disappointing season finales I’ve seen on this show.
A pattern has emerged over the last few seasons: I have high hopes as the season begins, I start to lose faith somewhere in the middle, and I am left completely disappointed by the end. It’s a vicious, perpetual cycle I can’t seem to escape. This seriesÂ is like an ex-boyfriend I keep running back to. What can I say? I wish I knew how to quit you!
American Horror Story will return in lateÂ 2016 on FX.
Leave a Reply Cancel reply
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Alison Sweeney Talks About What’s Next for Hannah and Mike After Carrot Cake Murder: A Hannah Swensen Mystery
[Warning: Spoilers for Carrot Cake Murder.] Everybody OK after that Hannah Swensen Mystery twist? Thankfully, our favorite crime-solving couple is still on speaking term, even if they’re on a break (hopefully not that kind of break). Most importantly, we already know this isn’t the last film in the series. No…
Counting Down to From Season 2
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] We’re just shy of two weeks away from Season 2 of last spring’s obsession, From, which premieres at 9 pm/8c, Sunday, April 23rd, on MGM+ (formerly EPIX). If you never picked it up last year, now’s your chance, and you can do it for free, catching…
Thank Me Later: Will Trent
[Warning: spoilers ahead.] I’m on record as loving and losing shows over at ABC so I’m usually very reticent to pick something up on the network until it’s been renewed, and I seriously hope I’m not jinxing it, but I took a chance on the deeply odd and very sweet…
Dennis Heaton Talks The Imperfects
Longtime readers at TV Goodness will know that Motive is one of my ride-or-die series, and as such, I am fiercely loyal to its creator, Dennis Heaton. He followed up that fantastic reverse procedural with Netflix’s The Order and is back on our streaming screens with The Imperfects, which dropped…
Kelly McCormack Talks Favorite Moments in A League of Their Own
[Warning: Mild spoilers for season 1.] Now that you’ve had a chance to watch A League of Their Own, here’s the rest of my chat with Kelly McCormack about her favorite moments of the season. Seeing the iconic Peaches uniforms for the first time wasn’t just a goosebump moment for…
John Griffin and Harold Perrineau Talk From Season 1 Finale
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] How are we doing, #FROMily? In case you missed it this morning, the very good news is that that cliffhanger will be followed by a second season, which was gifted this morning ahead of the linear broadcast of the finale. I always legitimately appreciate when we…
Elizabeth Saunders Talks From
[Warning: General spoilers ahead.] One of the things that makes EPIX’s From such a fun ride is the abundance of Canadian cast members. Elizabeth Saunders, who plays Donna, is a favorite from her turn on the third season of Mary Kills People [streaming on Global TV in Canada and Roku…
Corteon Moore Talks From “Broken Windows, Open Doors”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight’s episode of From had us all in our feels as we learned through flashbacks about the Sophie’s Choice Boyd had to make to save his son, and back in the present as Boyd said his piece with Ellis before heading into the woods with…
Pegah Ghafoori Talks From “All Good Things…”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode] Tonight on From, Fatima’s anniversary celebration turned into a Colony House of horrors when a misguided Kevin let his monster bae in and she promptly killed him and left the window open for her crew. While the party devolved into terror and sent everyone running,…
Shaun Majumder Talks From “Book 74”
[Warning: Spoilers for tonight’s episode.] Tonight on EPIX’s From, Father Khatri made a bold move, kidnapping Sara instead of turning her in, and then recognizing her as a vessel for some big messages. That startling realization speaks to him on multiple levels–as a man of faith, a man trapped in…
What They Said: Three Revealing Conversations from Survivor’s Remorse “Closure”
WARNING: Spoilers for Survivor’s Remorse “Closure” The latest episode of Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse featured conversations that showed characters really digging deep into their thoughts, emotions and motivations.
Two Takes: The Catch “The Knock-Off”
Who can you trust? If this episode of The Catch was any indication, the answer is just about nobody. Betrayal was running rampant as Felicity (Shivani Ghai) arose from the dead to seduce-con Margot, Gretchen (Maria Thayer, Gotham, The Mindy Project) played gold-hearted Alice 2.0 before swindling Ethan, Tessa jumped…
What They Said: Top 3 Quotable Moments from Preacher “El Valero”
Both Quincannon and Jesse refuse to give up on what they each think is rightfully theirs. While Jesse is struggling to face the consequences of his actions, Quincannon has laid his past demons to rest and is hellbent on moving forward and putting Annville on the map again. Despite a…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Supergirl “Worlds Finest”
Oh, Supergirl. That ending was cold. But I can’t hate on you because the latest episode has quickly become one of my favorites.
What They Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Black Sails “XXIII”
The dialogue in “XXIII” is phenomenal. It’s always a fun ride when Black Sails carries its viewers along without giving them the chance to catch their breath. When an episode moves at this unforgiving pace, there is no chance for a breather nor is there a respite from the information…
What Lucifer Said: Favorite quotes from Supernatural “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”
Supernatural episodes are almost always funny but thanks to the dialogue and a certain man speaking said dialogue, I laughed a lot during “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” You know, when I wasn’t busy fearing for Sam’s life or wondering what in the world was going on with Dean and…
What They Said: The Flash, “Legends Of Today” and Arrow, “Legends Of Yesterday”
Two nights of Arrow +Â The Flash = what more could we ask for?! I don’t know what it is about blending these shows, but I canâ€™t help but feel that every time they come together, they somehow become greater than the sum of their parts. And thatâ€™s saying a lot…
What they Said: Top 4 Quotable Moments from Graceland “Little Bo Bleep”
Shoot outs. Fake outs. And long-awaited revelations. “Little Bo Bleep” was a jam-packed episode that wrapped up some loose ends and totally frayed others. Â It finally gave us one Sarkissian in jail and pulled back the curtain on Briggs’ master plan, but it also set up Jakes for a world…
What They Said: Favorite Quotes from Poldark “Part 4”
â€œWhat have I told you, I don’t require my wife to crochet and sip tea, but I do require her to remember she’s not a beast of burden.â€ No, Iâ€™m not talking about The Rolling Stones! I have to admit though, just for a second, the lyrics popped into my…
3 Moments of Goodness from Brooklyn Nine-Nine “Johnny and Dora”
The most satisfying part of this season’s finale has to the Jake and Amy kiss. Well, they kiss three times but the last one is the best one — and it means something. The Charles and Rosa dynamic was also great. I love how she’s convinced he doesn’t know anything…
I feel exactly the same way…so unsatisfied. The theme of this season was too strong and so many unanswered questions and unnecessary scenes. Too many characters and it seems like the writer didn’t know how to end it anymore. I’m not ok with the season and I felt a little the same about freakshow.