Warning: This article contains spoilers The Fall of the House of Usher.
from the first episode The Fall of the House of Usher, we know that all of Roderick Usher’s children are dead. Mike Flanagan’s new horror anthology series, now streaming on Netflix, tells the story of how and why they died.
Inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe, House of Usher Traces the downfall of the ultra-wealthy Arthur family and their corrupt pharmaceutical company, Fortunato Pharmaceuticals. The story centers on Roderick (Bruce Greenwood), the patriarch of the Arthur family and CEO of Fortunato, who at the beginning of the series calls his long-time rival, Assistant U.S. Attorney C. Auguste Dupin (played by Carl Lumbly), listen to his confession after the death of the Arthur family. His six adult children (born to five different mothers) – Frederick (Henry Thomas), Tamerlane (Samantha Sloyan), Victorine (Tinia Miller), Napoleon (Rahul Kohli), Camille (Kate Siegel) and Prospero (Sariyan Sapkota) – within a week.
overall narrative The Fall of the House of Usher Loosely based on Poe’s 1839 short story of the same name, Roderick tells Augie’s decades-long story in his shabby childhood home. Throughout the night, Roderick is tormented by visions of his dead children – who appear to him as he recounts the gruesome manner in which each of them ended their lives – while he says the voices are those of his twin sister, Fu Madeleine Usher, Chief Operating Officer of Altunato. (Mary McDonald), can be heard coming from the basement of the home.
As Roderick’s story comes to a close, jumping back and forth between his early years working at Fortunato and the events that led to the death of each of his children, he finally arrives at the fateful night that changes everything, 1979 On New Year’s Eve, Roderick reveals that young Roderick (Zach Gilford) and Madeline (Willa Fitzgerald) conspired to betray young Auggie, who was working as a Medicare fraud investigator. (Malcolm Goodwin), by lying about Fortunato’s illegal business practices, after which young Roderick (Zach Gilford) and Madeline (Willa Fitzgerald ) carried out the final stages of their plan to take over the company by drugging then-Fortunato CEO Rufus Griswold (Michael Trucco) and subsequently burying him alive within the basement walls of Fortunato headquarters, a reference to Poe’s 1846 A tribute to the short story “The Cask of Amontillado.”
The siblings then went to a local bar to search for an alibi. It’s there that they meet a bartender named Vina (Carla Gugino), the supernatural entity responsible for killing Arthur’s family, and make a deal that changes the course of their lives forever.
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What agreement did the usher make with Vina?
When Roderick and Madeleine were alone at the bar after a night of drinking, Verna revealed to the twins that she knew what they had done. But if they agree to her terms, she guarantees that not only will they get away with murdering Rufus, but they’ll also gain control of Fortunato’s multibillion-dollar painkiller empire and never be convicted of a crime.
In exchange for this protection, both Roderick and Madeline had to agree to a deal: at the end of Roderick’s life, just before he was destined to die, his entire bloodline would perish with him. Roderick and Madeleine must also die at the same time, leaving this world the way they came into it. The siblings agreed to the deal, left the bar, and soon became convinced that the whole thing was a shared delusion.
“Early in his life, (Rodrick) had a conversation with a man who promised him an easy life, but he didn’t quite believe something was going to happen,” Greenwood said of the character’s story. Tell Netflix about the episode. “Now that will all be sorted out.”
how The Fall of the House of Usher end?
Decades later, when it became clear that Verna was Usher’s murderer, Madeleine tried to sidestep the deal by convincing Roderick to commit suicide. But Verna isn’t willing to let him escape that easily, and confronts him with his entire reckoning with the death of his granddaughter Lenore (Kelly Curran), the only morally good Usher.
Roderick then invited Madeleine to their childhood home, where he poisoned her drink and began mummifying her. Shortly thereafter, Auggie came to the house to hear Roderick’s confession. However, from the sounds coming from the basement, it could be seen that Madeleine was not completely dead.
As Roderick finishes telling his story, an eyeless and bloody Madeline bursts out of the basement and attacks Roderick, while the house begins to collapse around them. In a final burst of power, Madeleine strangles Roderick while Auggie escapes the collapsing home—a scene that echoes the ending of Poe’s “The House of Usher.”
In the final minutes of the episode, it was revealed that Roderick’s second wife Juno (Ruth Codd) inherited Fortunato and repurposed the company into the Phoenix Foundation to fund rehabilitation plan, and the Arthur family’s mediator, attorney Arthur Pym (Mark Hamill), becomes the only person facing conviction in the Fortunato case – rejecting Werner’s offer of immunity in exchange for the valuable asset. Sacrificed – and will spend the rest of his life in prison.
As the series comes to a close, Verna (whose name is an anagram of the bird of the same name from Edgar Allan Poe’s classic 1845 poem “The Raven”) places an object on each of Usher’s graves to represent their respective The failure ended the cycle of her karma.