‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ Weekly Wrap Up – “Be Our Guest”
By Lynn Sorel
Synopsis: Iris and Liz oversee a new era at the Cortez. John and Alex struggle to adapt to life outside the hotel.
Our Thoughts: This week, the hotel takes off under new management, Iris and Liz, and they’ve cleaned up the place. However, they couldn’t get rid of the spirits haunting the hotel, or stop them from killing the guests.
Iris tries to make peace with Sally and introduces her to social media. Unexpectedly, she finds life on the net, with millions of followers. Liz comforts Will Drake about his legacy and his son, encouraging him to reinvent himself. Liz takes over his company.
Liz finds herself missing Tristan, so Iris brings in psychic Billy Dean Howard (Sarah Paulson’s character from season one) to help contact him. When asked if he had any message for Liz, he oddly says no. However, Donovan comes through with a message for his mother.
Liz’s son has a child of his own and invites her into their lives. Just as things were getting better for her, she learns she has terminal prostate cancer. Taking her fate into her own hands, she invites her Hotel Cortez family to kill her, so she could be with them forever. It was honestly the happiest death scene I think I’ve ever seen.
We jump to 2022. Billy Jean is famous and holds TV show specials, contacting ghosts and drawing crazies to the hotel. Liz and Iris find it quite annoying and hatch a plan to rid themselves of her. She attempts contact with the 10 Commandments Killer, the deceased John Lowe. We learn what happened to John in the years between his murder spree and the present day. She then asks him why she can only feel his presence on October 30. He shows her and we are witness to another serial killer party, much like the one from early in the season – one of my personal favorite episodes! In the end, the plot work and Liz and Iris are rid of her, and life, or should I say death, goes on at the Hotel Cortez.
The finale wrapped things up nicely. I really enjoyed the added touch of Billy Jean and the season one tie in. I’m not sure it was as strong a finale as past season, but personally, I felt satisfied in the end. Until next season, fellow AHS fans!