What does Roderick do to Madeline in the finale of The Fall of the House of Usher?

The Fall of the House of Usher. Mary McDonnell as Madeline Usher in episode 103 of The Fall of the House of Usher. Cr. Eike Schroter/Netflix © 2023
The Fall of the House of Usher. Mary McDonnell as Madeline Usher in episode 103 of The Fall of the House of Usher. Cr. Eike Schroter/Netflix © 2023 /
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If you’re like me and you kinda like getting all the grim and morbid details out of everything you watch and consume, then you might be curious to find out exactly what Roderick did to Madeline Usher in the finale of The Fall of the House of Usher.

Major spoilers ahead for The Fall of the House of Usher

In the series finale, Roderick and Madeline have realized that their time on this earth is almost over. Verna will come for them soon enough. Roderick decides that his dear sister needs a proper sendoff, like a queen. Madeline has always been obsessed with the Egyptians and obtaining immortality, so Roderick thinks she should be buried like one. Specifically like the last Pharaoh of the Nineteenth Dynasty, Queen Twosret.

But the show actually cuts away from the gruesome elements of Roderick’s process. That’s not too surprising because most of the deaths we see in The Fall of the House of Usher cutaway from the worst stuff and show us the grisly aftermath. That’s what happens with Madeline, too.

If you think back to one of the earlier episodes this season, you’ll remember Madeline unboxing an ancient Egyptian brain hook, or excerebration tool. She speaks of it with fondness and Roderick apparently used it, at least partially, to take out her brain. Then he takes the sapphires that were buried with Queen Twosret and that the Ushers paid an exorbitant fee to have in Madeline’s immortality collection, and places them in Madeline’s eyes, seemingly after poking them out.

Madeline doesn’t entirely die, during this process, as we hear her rattling around in the basement throughout the season during Auguste and Roderick’s conversation. Roderick had given her the nightshade paralytic that Frederick used before and thus probably didn’t fully check to make sure she was dead. Though I’m not sure how she would have survived the brain hook. I guess we can safely assume he didn’t embalm her.

Either way, Madeline storms out of the basement and attacks Roderick in the end, just like their mother did before them, and the two are buried in the wreckage of their home as it collapses on top of them, ending their disturbing saga for good.

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