The end is near for “American Horror Story” fans. Although the FX miniseries will be returning for a fifth season in October, the Season 4 installment, “Freak Show,” wraps up Wednesday.
The network released two images from the finale, giving viewers their first look at what’s to come in episode 13, “Curtain Call.” Although the photos only feature Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange), fans can speculate about the deadly drama that lies ahead.
When we left off, Elsa was forced to flee her beloved freak show a little early. The former ringleader and owner had sold the show to a man named Chester (Neil Patrick Harris) in order to move forward with her plans to become a star in Hollywood. But shortly after selling the show, Elsa learned that her “agent,” Stanley (Denis O’Hare), was actually a con artist. Before Elsa had a chance to consider her options, Dot and Bette (Sarah Paulson) warned her that she had to leave immediately or risk getting killed – or worse – by the rest of the troupe. Elsa initially didn’t believe the twins, but fled the grounds after realizing that “her monsters” knew she had killed Ethel (Kathy Bates). In a surprise move, Elsa sold the freak show anew to Dandy (Finn Wittrock), the rich lunatic responsible for killing countless of innocent people, and drove off to Hollywood with the cash.
The synopsis for the “Freak Show” finale simply teases that the freaks will “rebel against new management.” But it doesn’t sound like Dandy will care about his unhappy performers because he’ll be preparing for his “debut performance.” And while things spiral out of control in Jupiter, Florida, Elsa will arrive in Tinseltown.
Will Elsa find success in Hollywood? Although episode 10 appeared to give away the “American Horror Story” ending by placing Elsa on the cover of Time magazine, the promo video for the finale doesn’t make it seem like she’ll get everything she hoped for.
“What kind of a place is this?” Elsa demands in the trailer for “Curtain Call.”
“Hollywood,” a woman responds.
Elsa appears happy in one promo photo, and a little surprised in the second one. Will Elsa’s dreams get crushed? Will she realize she made a big mistake? “American Horror Story” fans will find out when episode 13, the “Freak Show” finale, airs on FX on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 10 p.m. EST.