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American Horror Story Reveals Its Final Girl — And Sarah Paulson’s Lana Winters Is Not Amused

‘Roanoke’ is heading to the courtroom

In its penultimate episode, American Horror Story: Roanoke made good on its promise to deliver one final, stomach-churning twist. In the end, Lee (Adina Porter) is the last woman standing in Roanoke — a reveal that subverts the idea that a final girl is some sort of woke ingénue. Lee, a woman who brutally murdered her own daughter's father and burned his corpse, isn't just the survivor of the season: She's a survivor. She'll do whatever it takes — even pledge her soul to Scáthach — to survive.

Meanwhile, Audrey (Sarah Paulson) seemed like the perfect final girl, especially given creator Ryan Murphy's love for saving his creative muse for last. Her white frock made her appear virginal; her anguish and curiosity propelled the narrative. Even in her last few moments, she acts like the final girl, trying to take out her assailant (in this case, it's Lee) like Sidney Prescott at the end of Scream. But Audrey was never meant to make it to the end. She survived the Blood Moon but couldn't survive herself.

When a police officer helps her to her feet, she doesn't know what's real or what's fake anymore, and by the time she spots Lee in the relative safety of a police cruiser's open rear seat, she loses all sense of reality. Audrey snatches the cop's gun, ready to open fire on the real murderer — and a group of officers shoot her dead.

Once again, Lee prevails and survives that cursed land for a second time. Of course, she still has to answer for what she's done. Judging from the season finale promo, the final episode of Roanoke will detail Lee's criminal trial for the murders of Mason and Monet — and her exclusive primetime interview with American Horror Story: Asylum's final girl, Lana Winters (Paulson, playing her third character this season).

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Oh. My. God.

Winters will interview Lee, the sole survivor of Return to Roanoke: Three Days in Hell, in a sensational live television special, and we can't think of a more appropriate way to end Season 6. This season, Murphy has taken a merciless look at reality TV culture — how it's produced, the real lives it destroys, and how we, as fans, consume it. It's only fitting that the final episode would feature not only a highly publicized trial but also a live, sure-to-be-exploitative interview.

Lee may have survived Roanoke, but surviving the celebrity machine might turn out to be her toughest battle yet.


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