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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the ninth episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke, "Chapter 9."]
American Horror Story: Roanoke opened with a timely scene on Wednesday.
Though the date for the penultimate episode of the sixth season had always been set for the day after Election Day, the words packed a very different punch given President-elect Donald Trump's stunning win on Tuesday night.
Making her anticipated debut on the mysterious season of Ryan Murphy's FX horror anthology series, Taissa Farmiga joined the ensemble as a blogger for a My Roanoke Nightmare fan website who seeks out the haunted Roanoke house for the site's social media. When recapping the true-crime docuseries that sits at the center of the story to her co-workers (played by Jacob Artist and Jon Bass), she described the series as follows:
"On the surface, it's an interracial story set in a post-racial world, which of course is a lie," she says, referring to the protagonists, mixed-race couple Shelby (Lily Rabe) and Matt Miller (Andre Holland), who are haunted by ghosts of the pre-16th century Lost Colony of Roanoke in the present time. "But they're really talking about the colonization of America — The Butcher and the Roanoke colony, which became a matriarchy in a patriarchy system. That's why it's so timely."
It's a story that still baffles real historians to this day. More than 100 colonists mysteriously vanished from the North Carolina colony. In AHS: Roanoke's retelling, the governor's wife (Kathy Bates) takes over the colony in her husband's absence and ultimately becomes its immortal and murderous leader, The Butcher.
When her fellow blogger says the popular series was a hit simply because it was scary, Farmiga's character shoots back: "Yeah. Racism is scary. Patriarchy is scary."
Even Adina Porter, who plays Matt's sister, Lee Harris, acknowledged the unforeseen power of the moment on Twitter, saying she wished it "wasn't so timely."
Pretty appropriate @AHSFX opening, huh? Wish it wasn't so timely.
— Adina Porter (@AdinaPorter) November 10, 2016
Murphy, who hosted and participated in several fundraisers throughout the election season, and much of his cast had thrown their support behind Hillary Clinton, who conceded the presidency to Trump in an emotional speech earlier in the day. Sarah Paulson, who plays Shelby Miller in the Roanoke Nightmare reenactment scenes, has been active on social media since the shocking upset by Trump. Shortly before the results were final, she posted a photo holding a Clinton doll saying, "I've got you and I'm not letting go." Lady Gaga, who plays the Witch of the Woods in the series, protested Trump's win in front of his Manhattan Trump Tower on Tuesday night and Cheyenne Jackson, who plays series producer Sidney, compared the results to the show, tweeting: "A true American Horror Story."
Ahead of Tuesday, co-creators Murphy and Brad Falchuk, like all the pollsters who got it wrong, anticipated the scene would be airing in the midst of a celebratory Clinton win. Instead, the message was sent to a divided nation, as thousands of people took to the streets across major cities in the U.S. to protest Trump's win.
For many viewers looking for a needed escape from election coverage, the rest of the episode continued on its twisty and bloody path to its conclusion, revealing the sole survivor before heading into next week's finale. Read a recap of the episode and analysis of the season below, and share your thoughts with THR in the comments.
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