December 22nd, 2011
01:46 PM ET
I was not the biggest fan of "American Horror Story's" first episode back in October, but the show has shown gradual improvement over this first season.
For one thing, characters' motivations are more or less understandable, so that's a big step forward. The writers (especially "Angel" and "X-Files" vet Tim Minear), for the most part, didn't sacrifice the story for straight-up scares. (Though the payoff, if you can call it that, of the Eric Stonestreet episode is still one of the big "WTH" moments of the year.)
Wednesday night's finale brought closure in the most literal way possible for the Harmon family. In recent weeks, you didn't ask which character was killed in the latest episode, but rather which character was still alive. For the Harmons, the last three episodes have been pretty deadly.
Once Dylan McDermott's still-irritating character Ben (the man only has two modes – angry, and less angry) was hanged by the ghost of his mistress, he joined his late wife and daughter, doomed to stay in the "murder house" for all of eternity. But it didn't end there.
A new family moved in, and it wasn't long before the Harmon spouses decided to get some help from some of the more innocent spirits in the house to drive them out - and then the couple took the cathartic measure of gruesomely "murdering" each other in front of the new homeowners. (You've gotta feel for that poor realtor.)
But it didn't end there.
There was still the matter of what became of the twin babies, only one of whom was assumed to have lived. It turns out both were alive, and it looked like Vivien was going to be able to raise her and Ben's child after all.
But it didn't end there.
As for the child that Vivien had with "Rubber Man" Tate, probably the biggest villain of this season, his mother Constance was raising him. Cut to three years later, where the scenery-chewing Jessica Lange made an excellent case for her Golden Globe nomination with a great monologue in a hair salon about the "greatness" for which Constance was destined before so many people started dying around her.
The deaths weren't quite done, though, as she returned home to find the body of her adopted son's nanny and the three-year-old with a beyond-creepy grin on his face.
Needless to say, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk have more than laid the groundwork for season 2 (and what becomes of the potential ghost baby/three-year-old kid raised in the "murder house," by the way?). The question is, will viewers tune in?
Did the finale leave you wanting more, or was this year's wild ride, and the apparent end to the Harmons' story, enough for you?
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