The Fall of the House of Usher – Episode 8 “The Raven” Recap, Review & Ending Explained

The Raven

The Fall of the House of Usher Episode 8 picks up just where the last one left off. Roderick has been resurrected by Verna. She continues by saying that she had warned Madeline, his sister, that there would be no quick resolution to the situation. They are nearing the end of the agreement, but she makes it clear that she still has unfinished business. 

What happens after Verna resurrects Roderick?

The action then shifts to Arthur Pym trying to coerce Lenore into speaking from planned statements. However, she insists on her version of events, telling him she didn’t lie to the police.

Arthur shares his concerns with Roderick and Madeline regarding Lenore’s actions during their meeting. However, Roderick beams with pride for his granddaughter and her honesty when he tells Arthur that she reminds him of her grandmother.

Madeline then reveals to Arthur that the board is actively campaigning for her to become CEO. Roderick seems to have lost interest, although he does feel disappointed in his sister.

Why do Roderick and Annabel Lee part ways?

We are transported back to the present timeline. During their conversation, Roderick tells Auguste how much he admires Lenore and how much she resembles her grandmother, Annabel Lee. He continues by saying that, oddly, neither Tamerlane nor Fredrick inherited Annabel’s traits. Then he claims he siphoned it out of them while they were young.

We are transported back to the past. Roderick does not leave the church after the memorial service for Frederick, Tamerlane, and Victorine. At this time, he starts having hallucinations about Annabel. In this moment, Annabel confronts him and accuses him of exploiting his fortune to steal her children. Furthermore, she tells him that he starved their children instead of providing for them. We watch her walking toward the casket of her children as she sobs and bleeds from a bullet wound in the back of her head.

In this instance, we get a glimpse into the past to find out what went down between Annabel and Roderick. We can see that Annabel is deeply hurt by Roderick’s treachery toward Auguste. She claims that she doesn’t know Roderick and that she made up a persona of him in her mind. Following this, she drops hints of a separation by discussing her intention to leave. We next cut to the chapel, where Annabel can be seen sobbing while the poem “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe is read aloud.

Why does Roderick keep hallucinating about a Jester?

Following this, Roderick leaves the building, and we are given context about the first episode’s events. The court jester is waiting for Roderick in his car when he returns. We notice a raven sitting outside the church, and Roderick blacks out and starts bleeding from the nose.

To give additional details regarding who the court jester really is, we are transported back to the past in the year 1979. Given Roderick’s recent effort to demonstrate his loyalty during the board meeting, it’s clear that Rufus, Fortunato’s boss, is very impressed with him. At a social gathering, Rufus introduces Roderick as his “right hand” and promises him a promotion and an office next to his own. He goes on to sing Roderick’s praises in front of the company’s upper management.

Madeline hands Rufus a bottle of Amontillado when Roderick steps away for a while. He takes it without question, although he has no idea what it is. Following her efforts at seducing Rufus with the lure of sex, Madeline leads him down to the basement, where the construction has been halted. Following this, Rufus is too drunk to move, and they chain him. Madeline and Roderick start building a wall around him, trapping him while he begs and attempts to negotiate. The words “you are so small” are etched into the final course of bricks as they are laid. Additionally, Madeline puts the mask of the court jester on him before finally laying all the bricks.

What deal do Roderick and Madeline make with the devil?

We then return to the action at the bar from earlier. Now that everyone else has left, Verna, Roderick, and Madeline are left alone to carry on their conversation. Verna personifies consequences and, in a sense, the devil. She then suggests a deal, but notes that it will have consequences. She explains to the Ushers that in exchange for their partnership, they will be given tons of wealth and unrestricted business freedom. In addition, they won’t have to worry about any legal issues. There is a catch, though. The Usher bloodline will pass away shortly before Roderick does. She also reveals to the twins that they, too, will pass away at the same time. After some thought, both siblings agree to make a deal with the devil.

Madeline and Roderick step outside the bar and turn around to look back inside, but as they do, the bar seems to have disappeared. They chalk it up to the drugs and don’t give it much thought, especially after Rufus’s death, when they’re preoccupied with hiding their tracks.

Does Arthur Pym make a deal with Verna?

When Verna visits Roderick’s childhood home, the Usher family’s formidable player, Arthur Pym, sets a trap for her. However, the plan backfires, as Verna is in fact the devil in a spirit form.

She then has Arthur sit down and offers to make the same arrangement with him as she did with the other siblings. She tells him he has nothing of value to offer because he has no wife, no children, and no one he really cares about. After she tells him that Camille has some papers stashed that could land him in hot water once the Ushers are gone, he still rejects her offer.

How does Lenore die?

When night falls, Lenore pays a visit to her grandfather Roderick in his room for a talk. She continues by saying that she is upset, as Juno abandoned Roderick at such a vulnerable time in his life. Since it was he who made a mistake, Roderick tells her she shouldn’t be too harsh on Juno.

Following this, he expresses his wish for her to take on Fortunato. She advises him that they should quit their unsavoury business and instead spend their wealth generously for the rest of their lives.

Verna is patiently waiting for Lenore when she returns to her room, while she is seated on the bed. She continues by saying how much she despises having to do this because she knows Lenore is simply a wonderful person at heart. She specifically referenced lineage when telling Lenore that her grandfather made a commitment and that she must fulfil it.

Verna shares her mother’s future with Lenore as a thoughtful act that will give her daughter some much-needed comfort. She continues by explaining how many people her mother will help through a charity bearing her name. The origins of it all, she assures Lenore, can be traced back to Lenore’s generosity and positive outlook. Following this, unlike the other Ushers, Verna allows Lenore to have a peaceful and dignified death.

What happens after Lenore’s death?

In the present timeline, Auguste doesn’t believe that Lenore is dead given that he has been receiving messages from her throughout their conversation. Following this, he admits that it is the Lenore bot that Madeline built. The message it transmits, which he shows to Auguste, is “Nevermore.” He gives an algorithmic explanation for it.

Following this, we are transported to the past. Roderick weeps for the loss of Lenore, who seemed to be his favourite. He appears to be inconsolable in the wake of her death. Then, a raven flies in and perches on the head of the statue of Athena. Roderick is overcome with sorrow as the body of Lenore appears at his feet and the raven perches above him.

Following this, Roderick walks into a room where all of the Ushers are seated and staring at him. He is guilt ridden and attempts to justify his actions. The Ushers have now vanished, and Verna has arrived. Verna then gestures outside the window at the showering corpses to show Roderick how many people he has killed with his drug Ligodone. Those deaths, she says, are his legacy.

How do Roderick and Madeline Usher die?

Later that day, Madeline visits her childhood home. She and Roderick then have a drink together, during which they reflect on their past and try to rationalise their bargain with the devil. The revelation that Roderick poisoned Madeline is made now. He gives her a proper Egyptian burial.

Roderick is shown in the present timeline narrating all this to Auguste. Thinking about the sounds they’ve been hearing during their conversation, attorney Auguste begins to question if Madeline was buried alive and is now trying to get away. Madeline rises from the grave to kill Roderick just before she dies, so he’s right on track.

Auguste realises the home is about to collapse, so he bolts outside. After this happens, the entire structure falls apart. Then, Auguste sees a woman-like figure with glowing eyes standing atop the crumbling mansion. After the woman’s transformation into a raven, Auguste walks away.

What happens after the fall of the house of Usher?

The scene then transitions to Auguste arriving at his home. Following “The Fall of the House of Usher,” he tells us what happened thereafter. We find out that Juno tapered off Ligodone. It was later discovered that she was the rightful owner of the Fortunato riches. As a consequence, she shuts down Fortunato’s illegal operations and establishes a charity to aid addicts. On the other hand, the calculating Arthur Pym is taken into custody.

Auguste pays final respects at the Usher family cemetery. Following this, Verna visits the graveyard and places objects of symbolic meaning on each of the Ushers graves. Verna says “Nevermore” as she leaves, and the show ends with a shot of the graveyard and a raven.

The Episode Review

The episode draws inspiration from a number of Edgar Allan Poe’s works, including “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Raven,” “Annabel Lee” and “Lenore.” The episode does a wonderful job of blending and fusing these Edgar Allan Poe pieces. Poe’s works are interpreted and altered masterfully, without ever feeling strange or out of place. The show also presents fresh ideas by updating them to be more in tune with contemporary tastes.

The primary characters featured in the show are derived from a diverse range of characters found throughout the literary works of Edgar Allan Poe. The previously mentioned characters exemplify the attributes and disposition of the characters found in the literary works of Edgar Allan Poe, albeit with a certain degree of reinterpretation. Nevertheless, the execution is of such high quality that one cannot refrain from commending the creative brilliance exhibited throughout.

It is evident that the character Annabel Lee draws inspiration from Poe’s poem. During this episode, we witness a stanza of the poem delivered, and it’s simply excellent and fitting for the moment in the church, with grief in the air and pride intact.

“The Cask of Amontillado,” a literary work authored by Edgar Allan Poe, is skillfully included within this particular episode. In a manner reminiscent to the protagonist Montresor in the short story, Roderick is observed disclosing his transgressions to the attorney. Furthermore, it is worth noting that the company’s name, Fortunato, has been derived from the aforementioned short story. However, in the short story it serves as the name of the employer.

“The Raven,” a literary masterpiece authored by Edgar Allan Poe, is skillfully incorporated into the episode. In the episode, Roderick is seen grieving over the loss of Lenore. However, it is important to note that in this particular show, Lenore is portrayed as Roderick’s granddaughter, rather than his deceased partner, as suggested in his literary work titled “Lenore.” Like in Poe’s works, we witness the raven fly in and land on top of Pallas Athena’s bust. Athena is a prominent goddess in Greek mythology, revered as the embodiment of wisdom and strategic prowess in the realm of warfare. By sitting over her bust, the raven places itself in a position of superiority over reason and logic. In Poe’s writing and in the show, the raven serves as a metaphor of the disruption of order by chaos, mirroring the descent of the mourning Roderick into the irrational forces at play.

Another notable element employed in the episode is the utilisation of the word “Nevermore.” In the short story authored by Edgar Allan Poe, the term was used by the raven as a catalyst to induce Roderick’s descent into a state of insanity. In this episode, the word is used by Lenore bot to send Roderick the message “Nevermore” constantly.

The episode adeptly explores Edgar Allan Poe’s subject of duality. It’s clear that the older Usher siblings are inextricably intertwined; the loss of one means the loss of both. Additionally, the childhood home is linked to the older Usher siblings, and so after they die, the house crumbles.

In Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher,” the author skillfully employs symbolism and emphasises the significance of the eye. The narrator of the short story observes that the windows of the mansion bear a resemblance to vacant eyes. In the show, we see the crumbling house duplicate glowing eyes with two windows of the house lit up in such fashion to create the appearance. The attorney also sees a woman with glowing eyes perched atop the collapsing structure. In addition, before burying Madeline, Roderick places two precious stones on her eyes.

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