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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the season six finale of American Horror Story: Roanoke, "Chapter 10."]
American Horror Story: Roanoke was a horror romp that came with a warning to society.
By keeping its plot a secret and instructing viewers to trust nothing and no one as the sixth season aired on FX, viewers who buckled in for the mysterious, twisty and meta 10-episode ride of Ryan Murphy's horror anthology series really had no idea what they were watching.
Not until Wednesday night's finale did Roanoke reveal itself to be one big social commentary on the dangers of reality television. Like Black Mirror warns about near-future technologies when placed in the wrong hands, Roanoke scolded society over its obsession with fame. Succumb to its pitfalls and end up dead, or be forced to go out in flames like its starring player Lee, a monster born out of pop-culture phenomenon. (And enjoy all the genre tropes and jump scares along the way.)
But the legacy of Roanoke won't be its message: The sixth season was the first in the franchise to truly tie together every season of AHS. Murphy has filtered crossovers for the most discerning of AHS viewers in the past, but Roanoke delivered on his promise to clearly thread together Murder House, Asylum, Coven, Freak Show, Hotel and Roanoke as all existing within the same universe.
Roanoke opened up the mythology of the series by conjuring up crossover characters, drawing season-hopping ancestry lines and dropping all-too familiar nods in a TV world where no coincidence goes unnoticed. So what does it all mean? That everyone and everything is fair game when the series returns for its seventh round next year.
Here are all the ways the Roanoke reveals connected the dots.
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