Devil in Ohio is one of the best Netflix shows to watch right now. The show follows hospital psychiatrist Suzanne Mathis (Emily Deschanel) as she invites a mysterious kid into her house. When Mae (Madeleine Arthur) enters the Mathis home, the family's fragile foundation begins to crumble. This leads to a must-see Devil in Ohio finale that surprised the shows star.
The Devil in Ohio concludes the series by getting to the heart of its themes and messages while leaving viewers wanting more. The film answers one important question for Netflix viewers: Is Mae a good or evil agent?
Let's look at the conclusion of the Devil in Ohio episode and further explore other topics covered in this limited series.
Warning: More spoilers for Devil in Ohio are on the way. Proceed with caution.
What Happened At The End Of Devil In Ohio?
The satanic church begins to burn, distracting the cult from their mission to sacrifice Mae. Abigail (Caroline Cave) stays with her, and Malachi (Tahmoh Penikett) sends Noah (Keenan Tracey) back to ensure that he remains safe.
Suzanne takes this opportunity to rescue Mae. However, Abigail continues to insist that Mae must make the sacrifice. Mae expresses her desire to die. She begs her mother to accompany them. Instead, Abigail decides to stay and serve as the sacrifice.
Suzanne, Mae, and Noah are involved in a fight, but in the end, Mae and Suzanne escape.
Suzanne is still in therapy while Mae is with her. It's revealed that Peter (Sam Jaeger) and Suzanne are currently separated but sharing custody of their children. However, the girls are living with Peter.
Alex (Gerardo Celasco) calls Suzanne to let her know that the cult has gone. He also discovered Teddy's (Ty Wood) truck, and saw some surveillance video that shows that Mae discarded the red roses and likely replaced them with white roses herself. This suggests that Mae may have triggered her own reaction to the roses.
Suzanne sits down next to Mae, and then the camera zooms in on another location with what appears to be a mae ritual. It shows Suzanne and Mae together.
Is Mae Good Or Evil?
Devil in Ohio star Daria Polatin said in an interview with In Creative Company that one of the series' main concerns is whether Mae is a force for good or evil. It's a question that remains unanswered all the way until the finale.
Mae has been manipulating things in her favor, according to The Devil in Ohio's conclusion. She went to the cult in order for Suzanne to rescue her. Because we see that she likely did a ritual to try to use the power of Satan to bind Suzanne to her forever, it appears that her intention was always to have Suzanne become her new parent figure.
Noah refers to Mae as a selfish person as she always prioritized herself above the family. Mae is not as innocent as she appears, but she is somewhat selfish. To describe her as a person who has been traumatized by a religion seems logical.
Mae has done a lot of manipulative things throughout her TV series, but she isn't one of the great female horror villains - despite Madeleine Arthur's influence from other cult movies. Instead, she's a youngster who has been taught one way of life and may still maintain many of those beliefs.
Mae is still a youngster. Selfish behavior isnt a sign of being evil, but a sign of being human. Also, Mae manipulating situations, and possibly utilizing the power of Satan, shows that Mae isn't trustworthy, but it doesn't mean she's a monster herself.
Suzanne should absolutely not fall in love with Mae because she is unpredictable, but naming her good or evil seems to negate the fact that much of her behavior comes from trauma.
The Choice Each Mother Made
Devil in Ohio is a story about three mothers. None of them would be honored with any mother of the year honors. Suzanne is the first person to be shown. She has been abused by her husband and continues to suffer similar abuse.
Suzanne decides to stay when given the opportunity to leave him. This is the driving force for Suzanne to construct a hero complex with Mae.
Abigail is Mae's mother. Ultimately, she chooses the abuser over her daughter. She decides that she must give her life for the cult to prosper. Mae also gives her a chance to leave, but she chooses Malachi and the cult over Mae.
Suzanne is the last mother. She also chooses someone else to take care of her family: Mae. She may try to justify it in a different way, but that's what's going on.
Mae is a complicated character with a dark past, so it's also like Suzanne chose someone who might abused her, perhaps through emotional manipulation.
Peter makes a valid point during the Devil in Ohio finale, stating that none of this is about Mae. It's all about Suzanne projecting her need to be saved as a teenager on Mae.
Suzanne confesses this herself in therapy, but as the therapist addresses this, simply because someone understands their flaws does not necessarily mean they can and will change.
Emily Deschanel gave further insight into her opinions about why Suzanne chooses Mae over her family in a Collider interview:
I dont believe she can help it. She doesnt see it as deciding Mae over her extended family. She doesnt believe that way. She believes she will be able to resolve it and that everything will be fine. She believes shell will get this done with Mae.
Emily Deschanel does an excellent job of authentically portraying trauma from past abuse and how it can continue to impact someone's life and choices long after the abuse has ended. Mostly, Devil in Ohio is Suzanne's story and how abuse can ruin lives for generations.
Why The Cult Storyline Doesnt Wrap Up Neatly
Daria Polatin, showrunner, reveals that she got the idea for Devil in Ohio from producer Rachel Miller's true story. She then wanted to use her creative abilities to make it a fictionalized version.
According to a MovieWeb interview, a great deal of research and thought went into creating the cult. Polatin even wrote a chapter from the cults bible. One of the reasons why cult films are some of the scariest movies is that they are often based on actual cults or just the very real idea of them.
Cults may be anywhere, and their scope of influence is unknown. Your favorite neighbor might be a cult member. That alone creates a sense of fear and terror.
We desire a pleasant conclusion with TV shows and movies. We want the bad guys punished, the good guys to triumph, and everything resolved by the time the credits are played.
Life isn't that simple.
Because Devil in Ohio is based on real events and has had a lot of research on cults, I think the showrunner and the writer wanted to give a semi-realistic conclusion to the cults story. It's rare that cults are actually taken down and justice is brought upon them.
Despite leaving a somber impression, the Devil in Ohio ending with the cult being closed felt like a suitable and realistic conclusion.
Devil in Ohio is continuing to climb the Netflix trending charts, and rightfully so, because it's one of the best horror TV shows to binge right now.
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