The new Netflix horror series The Fall of the House of Usher, inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s works, opens with the revelation that wealthy pharmaceutical CEO Roderick Usher’s six grown children have all died suddenly. Over the course of the show, Roderick recounts to a visitor the disturbing events leading up to each child’s gruesome demise.
Through Roderick’s tortured memories, viewers learn how decades earlier he and his twin sister Madeline took over their family’s company by murdering their boss. On the night of the crime, they made a fateful bargain with a supernatural entity named Verna at a bar. She offered them freedom from any conviction and control of the company, in exchange for Roderick’s bloodline perishing when he eventually died.
When Roderick’s story reaches its climax, he describes the New Year’s Eve night when he and Madeline sealed their bargain with Verna. They buried their boss alive, mimicking a Poe story. Verna’s deal led to the deaths of Roderick’s progeny. Madeline tried escaping their agreement, unsuccessfully.
In the final shocking scenes, a bloodied Madeline attacks Roderick. As their ancestral home crumbles, she strangles him. Roderick’s confession recipient flees. Afterward, Roderick’s wife reforms the tainted company. The Usher family fixer is imprisoned as the sole conviction. Verna metes out symbolic justice at the Ushers’ graves, ending her revenge.
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