Cast & Crew
Bette & Dot Tattler
Twisty the Clown
Angus T. Jefferson
Ima 'Barbara' Wiggles
Tall Man Ghost
Paul the Illustrated Seal
It's a warmhearted end to a twisted and bloody season. For the most part, it wraps up Freak Show neatly.
Yes, this was a bad end to a truly awful season, by far AHS's worst. The only thing I can think right now is how grateful I am that this stewpot of misery is over.
The finale manages to join together a season's worth of fragments, giving the whole a belated sense of coherence, even of resonance, that was too often missing from individual episodes.
"Curtain Call" kind of sums up how I feel about this entire season of American Horror Story. It's all been a whole lot of buildup, for a very pedestrian payoff. And, unfortunately, that's not what diehard (or even casual) fans of AHS want.
Rather than a work of art, this season was like a child's crayon scribbles on a white wall, different colors swirling all around each other until the whole thing turns brown. The child revels in its creation, but all anyone else sees a mess.
The season finale of American Horror Story: Freak Show arrives with an overarching sense that the entire season can't be browbeaten into cohesion in the space of one episode. Of course it can't, but it's pretty fun to watch Ryan Murphy and company try.
In a rather fitting finale to a season of AHS that started out so promisingly and became increasingly devoid of anything worth watching.
I loved it so much; I was a mess during most of it. The massacre scene was absolutely terrifying and gut-wrenching, and those opening chords of "Heroes" will never not trigger extreme emotions in me.
Freak Show ends on [an] unexpected, optimistic note, where the darkness in the freaks' world is not gone.