Days after the stellar “American Horror Story: Roanoke” finale, Gold Derby senior editor Marcus James Dixon and I got together with contributing writer Tony Ruiz to dish via webcam (watch above) about what we thought was the best season to date of the acclaimed FX horror anthology series. Vote in our poll below about your favorite “AHS” season.
As we raved a couple of weeks ago, the buzz about “AHS: Roanoke” has become more and more deafening over the last few weeks, particularly after the show ramped up the gore and thrills for the latter half of this unpredictable and entertaining season. “I loved it, even despite its faults,” Tony admits. “It just entertained the hell out of me.” Tony admired the meta aspects of the season, and the way in which the season finale skewed television news and reality TV, adding that “it just made me so happy!”
I was not sure that the finale would live up to the hype, but I was pleasantly surprised by how far series creator Ryan Murphy and his team took the show. “I thought, what on Earth are they going to do next to top that, and then they did it.” I summed up the finale and the whole season for that matter in a few words, saying, “It was just bananas, ridiculous, and super entertaining … well done Ryan Murphy. It wasn’t perfect, but it was so entertaining and there’s nothing like that on television.”
“It wasn’t perfect, you’re right,” Marcus agrees. “But it was so fun to watch.” Marcus was also impressed by how frightening some of the episodes were, adding, “This is the scariest season they’ve done. The way they balanced that was really impressive.”
We also spend some time going over our favorite performers on the show including Kathy Bates, Adina Porter and Sarah Paulson, who is best placed for awards recognition, and our final thoughts on the season.
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