Most of the characters in American horror story You do not deserve a happy ending. There are some true heroes spread over their seven and three quarters of the season: the life-loving witch Misty Day, the well-meaning Kit Walker, Cordelia Goode and Lana Winters come to mind, but the vast majority of the characters are by design. the kind of people who kill, rape, exploit and murder others. That is the genre and that is the show.
American horror story He draws most of his drama from pushing his characters, many of whom started as decent people, to the limitations of his humanity. At the end of each season, the really bad ones are often punished and the good ones to prosper. The gift of a happy ending, even if that ending does not include survival, is how AHS It allows the audience to know what character motivations are defensible according to their own morality.
So it's pretty fucking that Apocalypse I just gave one to a school shooter.
When Apocalypse Finally he fulfilled his promise to cross. Murder house with Meeting of witches and took the witches to the damned house of the Harmon, it was expected that the favorites of season 1 as Violet, Constance, Tate and Vivien reappear.
Over the course of the cross-episode, which worked as a way to learn more about Apocalypse The villain Michael Langdon and as an epilogue to one of the best seasons of the series, the witches Madison Montgomery and Behold Chablis used their powers to alleviate some of the pain with which the ghosts of the house of murder have been living since his death.
They reinterpreted the bones of Moira to reunite her spirit with her beloved mother, they encouraged Ben and Vivien to solve the problems in their marriage, and in the final moments of the episode they reunited Violet and Tate to rekindle the favorite romance of the fans among a girl young man who died by suicide and the adolescent mass murderer who raped and impregnated his mother. Feel free to imagine a record scratch at the end of that sentence.
When Madison and Behold move away from the crime house, Madison sees Violet and Tate come back together and says, "At least someone will be happy forever," trusting that he did good to convince Violet to give him To Tate another opportunity.
But Tate never deserved another chance. His end at the end of Season 1, which was banished from Violet's view for the rest of eternity, was the punishment his character had to endure for the evil he did in his life. Y future life. No amount of thoughts should deprive Tate of his status as American Horror StorThe villain of OG, and rewarding his character with another chance of love is more than a bad storytelling. Is irresponsible
It's hard to imagine now, but when Murder house Issued in 2011, the issue of school shootings was not yet a ubiquitous part of the American political narrative. Recent events at that time, such as the fatal shooting of Virginia Tech in 2007, failed to generate the kind of lasting conflict over gun violence that pervades American culture in 2018. Tate's character was destined to invoke shootings of Columbine from the previous decade, and while the comparison was controversial in 2011, it was possible to have a mass shooter as a character in the program and still remain within the vanguard, especially if that character was written to experience serious consequences for his Actions.
In the seven years since Murder house In the air, the situation has changed. Due to the great preponderance of mass shootings that occurred in little more than half a decade, the shootings and their perpetrators now occupy a deservedly oversized space in the consciousness of the United States. You can not have more flexibility when it comes to determining the character of those who arm themselves with the intention of murdering children, and still American horror story He backed off on his own morality by giving Tate a pass.
You can not have more flexibility when it comes to determining the character of those who arm themselves with the intention of murdering children, and still American horror story He backed off on his own morality by giving Tate a pass.
It's not as if the creators of American horror story They are not aware of the escalating import of mass shootings. In 2017 they cut an episode of Worship who presented a massacre at a political rally in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting that occurred shortly before its execution. While the episode was still broadcast, the violence was intentionally mitigated to avoid disturbing the audiences for whom the threat of gun violence was too serious.
And yet, instead of assuming the narrative burden of bringing back a character whose abject villainy is aligned with one of the most important social and political moments in the United States, Apocalypse He dismissed Tate's actions with an explanation of a prayer and made sure he got his girl. The explanation, by the way, was that the evil influence of the murder house may have fact Tate becomes a mass shooter.
In the words of Jake Peralta: Cool motive, still murder.
With Tate and Violet coming back together in the AHS version of 2018 and their initial rejection of what happened in 2011, the chronology of the program gave Tate a total of seven years to experience the karmic torment designed as punishment for his actions. Seven years of going to ghost therapy before the writers took pity on Tate and let him try to love again.
Given the punitive nature of American horror storyIn the endings, it's hard not to see Tate and Violet's relationship as a reward just for him. In spite of the desired thing, this result was for the fanatics who wished that Tate and Violet finished together, spoke better of the character of Violet and of its personal growth so that it rejected Tate along with its rejection of the evils of the house of the murders in season 1.
To return to the decision to reduce her to a girl in love whose separation from the man she loves makes her future life miserable, makes Violet feel weaker and ignores why she rejected him in the first place. Because he is a monster and a criminal. There are not enough bullet gifsets in the world to make that dynamic look good for her.
There are only two episodes left in Apocalypse and it seems unlikely that the show revisits the characters of Murder house again. It is disappointing that the program has used its only chance to reexamine some of its most popular characters to give Tate a story book ending, one that his character did not deserve and speaks ill of American horror storyThe ability to read the damn room, but at least that chapter of AHS It has really come to an end this time. It would be a joke to have to review Michael Langdon's little ghost cousin three seasons from now, but hey. I can not put anything beyond this show.