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Is Every Character in Netflix's The Fall of the House of Usher Queer?

Is Every Character in Netflix's The Fall of the House of Usher Queer?

(L) Paola Nuñez  and (R) T’Nia Miller
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Horror director Mike Flanagan's new show is gayer than we ever dreamed!

When we got a peak at the first look images and trailer for Mike Flanagans’ new horror series The Fall of the House of Usher we suspected it might be queer, but we had no idea just how right we were!

Flanagan has made a name for himself creating prestige TV series for Netflix based on classic horror stories. He started with the highly acclaimed The Haunting of Hill House and then won our little queer hearts over when he added a beautiful and devastating lesbian love story to his second series Bly Manor.

Now on his newest show, which premiered earlier this week on Netflix on October 12, he’s made our dreams come true by making nearly every character LGBTQ+.

According to the official synopsis, the eight-part miniseries follows “ruthless siblings Roderick and Madeline Usher have built Fortunato Pharmaceuticals into an empire of wealth, privilege and power. But past secrets come to light when the heirs to the Usher dynasty start dying at the hands of a mysterious woman from their youth.”

So who are these fab queer characters in this creepy new show?

Napoleon “Leo” Usher

Rahul Kohli (Midnight Mass) plays Leo Usher, who lives with his boyfriend Julius, but is also cheating on him with a woman he boinks in the apartment the two men share.

Perry Usher

Sauriyan Sapkota (The Midnight Club) character Perry throws a queer rave where he ends up sleeping with people of all genders.

Auguste Dupin

Carl Lumbly (Doctor Sleep) plays detective Auguste Dupin, who is trying to take down the Usher crime family. While we don’t get much information about his personal life he does mention having a husband and children.

Victorine Lafourcade

Out actress T’Nia Miller (Bly Manor) plays lesbian scientist Victorine Lafourcade who is dating a surgeon played by Paola Núñez.

Camille L’Espanaye

Kate Siegel (The Haunting of Hill House) plays the silver haired bisexual maven Camille L’Espanaye who manages to bed both of her assistants in a threesome that probably should have landed her in deep water with HR.

Anytime a director—especially a straight one—makes a horror movie or series with gay characters we worry that they’re going to fall into the “bury your gays” trope, but when just about every character is queer that’s no longer a problem!

The Fall of the House of Usher is streaming now on Netflix.

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