American Horror Story- Season Finale Recap and Spoilers
In the previous episode, "Birth", Vivien has died during child birth, with Ben's son being still born and the anti-Christ surviving. We start off "After Birth" with a flashback of nine months before the story began. Ben found murder house and was drawn to it while Vivien wanted to leave with Violet to her sisters house. Eventually we know that he succeeds in getting her to move to the house. Then we cut to Ben calling out to Vivien in the house when we all know she is dead and gone. Yet, he is still in denial about the house. We find that Vivien is watching Ben mourning the deaths of his wife and daughter and that it's been hard watching him suffer. She knows she can't appear to him or else Ben will stay in the house and put the surviving baby in danger. Ben goes to his office and takes out a gun and contemplates suicide before Vivien finally appears to him and tells him to live for their son. Eventually we find out Constance wants to raise her grandson as her own son and she comes looking for him at Murder house after Ben took him back. She finds him hanging from the chandelier.
Hayden and two other ghosts killed Ben before he could leave the house with the baby. Constance only stand there and mocks him before realizing her grandson is gone. Hayden has him but gets her throat sliced by Constance young ex-lover who she had killed beforehand. He gives Constance the baby and she leaves. A new family moves into murder house but the Harmon's take it upon themselves to get them out. We then learn that the still born baby has been in the house the entire time being looked after by Mrs. Montgomery as if he was her own son. Vivien then takes him back and makes Moira the baby's godmother. The season ends with Vivien, Ben, Violet and Moira all standing in front of a just freshly decorated Christmas tree all looking like a family while Hayden and Tate watch from the other room. We then cut to three years later, with Constance going to the hair dresser to tell her all about her new found life with baby. She comes home and the little boy has killed his nanny. Oh Oh...
First of all, I saw that ending coming as it was rumored for months. I was hoping it wasn't true as I had grown a connection with the Harmon's and the ghosts in the house and to have the Harmon's all die was just a blow because I knew Ryan Murphy had finished telling their story. I was hoping next season would deal with the same cast of characters but I don't think there would be much of a story to tell. Getting rid of new house owners really wouldn't be productive and would get old within the first couple of episodes. I do hope they revisit some of the old characters from time to time, such as Constance and the Baby. It would be fun to watch what exactly he grows into, seeing as how he is going to bring about the end of the world and what not. If you come to think about it, the entire season may have focused on the Harmon's and their eventual transitions into death, but the big thing here was that baby, even though it was only secondary plot. It was always there. So it would be interesting to watch that baby either grow up or revisit him in following seasons, if the show lasts that long.
From what Ryan Murphy has said, season 2 would follow completely new characters in a completely new setting. No characters from Season 1 will return, though some of the same actors may be back in new roles. Which I hope comes true because Jessica Lange was amazing as Constance. The plan going forward is for each season to tell a self-contained horror story, with a beginning, middle and end, creating a show with a season-long anthology feel, rather than the single-episode stories. This premises seems promising and I can't wait to see what this show has in store for future seasons. It's just sad to say goodbye to the Harmon Family.