‘Be Our Guest’
The last episode of Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Hotel played out more like a Lifetime drama than a horror series. It sizzled out with less of a bang than I had wanted, but in many ways it had always been leading up to this.
As you might have guessed, everyone is now dead, with the Hotel trying to rebrand itself and turn over a new leaf with Liz and Iris at its head. But Sally won’t stop her murder spree, so something has to be done.
There were a lot of beautiful moments tying up all the loose ends in this episode. The best for me was the heartening scene with Liz Taylor’s death, where she openly gave herself to the hotel and her ‘family’. Once again, it played on the really blasé acceptance of violence, in an almost comical way that has carried throughout the entire series; playing light moments against dark.Second to this was Sally’s fantastic foray into the present. In a terrific character transformation, she found social media and there was an outpouring of all the hurt in her. And yet she was still the same Sally. It was a perfect move for her character. It was then really interesting to witness Sarah Paulson taking on another role – that of psychic Billie Dean Howard – in what brought the episode to its darker, grittier moments.
As a series, American Horror Story: Hotel has been a bit of a rollercoaster, never really settling on what it was, whilst playing human nature against the inhuman vices of the wicked, trying to intertwine the two and showing how the darker side of humans can be far worse than anything you could find in a hotel. The characters have been at their best during the scenes where the emotion is real and raw…the actors have certainly been pushed to their limits this season.
One of the things that I’m left with now that the series has finished is that feeling of existence; the hotel lives on and will continue to do so.