Why was Lenore texting Roderick in The Fall of the House of Usher?

The Fall of the House of Usher. Kyliegh Curran as Lenore Usher in episode 101 of The Fall of the House of Usher. Cr. Eike Schroter/Netflix © 2023
The Fall of the House of Usher. Kyliegh Curran as Lenore Usher in episode 101 of The Fall of the House of Usher. Cr. Eike Schroter/Netflix © 2023 /
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Throughout the eight episodes of The Fall of the House of Usher, Roderick Usher (Bruce Greenwood) gets repeated texts from his granddaughter Lenore while chatting with Auguste Dupin (Carl Lumbly). Every time Roderick gets a message from Lenore, Auguste suggests he look at his phone and see what she wants, but Roderick consistently ignores it. If Lenore is his favorite family member, why doesn’t he want to speak with her?

Spoilers ahead for The Fall of the House of Usher

Sadly, the reason Roderick doesn’t answer Lenore’s texts is because the “Lenore” on the other end of the phone is not really Lenore. Verna kills Lenore in one of the show’s most heartbreaking moments. So, who is texting Roderick?

If you remember in one of the first episodes of the show, there is a scene where Madeline Usher (Mary McDonnell) invites Lenore to become the first test subject for her new AI chatbot thing. Basically, she replicates Lenore’s consciousness, or at least parts of it, to create something that can keep her alive eternally, since she’s obsessed with immortality and all that.

But this AI Lenore appears to be broken because the only thing she can do is text Roderick the phrase “nevermore,” often misspelled, over and over again. That’s what Roderick has been receiving on his phone throughout the entirety of his conversation with Auguste.

What does Nevermore mean?

In Poe’s poem, “nevermore” means something will never occur again. It’s basically just a fancy way of saying “never again.”

In the context of The Fall of the House of Usher, it seems to imply that there will never be another Usher, which makes sense since Lenore was really the family’s last hope and Verna killed everyone including her and then Roderick and Madeline. While Juno and Morelle Usher are still alive, they are only Ushers by marriage, no members of the Usher bloodline still exist.

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