Why That ‘American Horror Story’ Twist Is Genius

Anybody else scream while watching American Horror Story last night? Because this was me:

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Chapter 6 of the Roanoke story aired last night, and it was long anticipated. The showrunners had announced that the sixth episode of this season would be a total game-changer. And they weren’t lying.

The first five episodes of the season were different chapters of a story/show called My Roanoke Nightmare. It was a paranormal where Shelby (Lily Rabe), Matt (Andre Holland), and Lee (Adina Porter), the most recent tenants of the supposedly haunted Roanoke house, talked to the camera and told their story, the horrors they faced while in that house. The tale was dramatically reenacted by actors Audrey Tindall (Sarah Paulson), Dominic Banks (Cuba Gooding Jr.), and Monet Tumusiime (Angela Bassett, who also directed this episode!). The show’s creator is Sidney (Cheyenne Jackson). My Roanoke Nightmare was apparently so successful that the network wanted more. So that’s what he gave them.

Sidney comes up with an idea to put the previous tenants and the actors who portrayed them in MRN all in the actual house together for three days. They rigged some stuff up, like exploding taps and the like, in order to freak them out. And of course it helped that Agnes Mary Winstead (Kathy Bates) who played the butcher and was diagnosed with a personality disorder afterwards, ended up crashing the set. This season is a show within a show within a show, and it’s mindblowingly brilliant.

And did I forget to mention who else is there? Just a guy named Rory Monahan. He played Edward Mott in MRN and, that’s right, is played by the FABULOUS Evan Peters.

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And I mean this season is pulling out all the stops. This show (kind of a sequel/spin off to MRN) is titled Return To Roanoke: Three Days In Hell. We were told that in those three days, all residents but one are murdered under suspicious circumstances, though we aren’t told who survives. Or, for that matter, if those who die will still be present as ghosts. This is the blood moon after all.

What makes this twist so brilliant, besides the intense complexity of it all, is that AHS is showcasing its talent in a way it never has before. We are getting to see all of these incredible actors working together and interacting. We’re seeing pairs that we never expected to see or ever knew that we wanted. Cough cough, SARAH PAULSON AND EVAN PETERS AS A COUPLE!?

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Well this was a new level of perfection that I was not anticipating. It’s also now the best pairing I’ve ever seen!?!??! I NEED MORE.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure how much more we can expect to see. We found out what the ‘R’ in MURDER stands for. Rory. At the end of the episode, Audrey sees one of the ghosts upstairs and screams, running down to Rory and the others. Rory goes searching upstairs and is cornered by the two nurses, who murder him by stabbing and slicing him to death. It is Matt that makes the discovery just before the credits roll.

Needless to say that getting only two episodes of Evan Peters before he’s killed off is making the fans unhappy. You could almost here this last night in unison:

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We’re joking, of course, AHS. We still love you and your brilliance. But let me tell you, we are seriously unimpressed with this turn of events. But like I said, it is the blood moon. Maybe we’ll be seeing ghost Rory!

This episode was beautiful, terrifying, heartbreaking, and awe-inspiring all at once. I’m definitely looking forward to more of Return to Roanoke. 

Let me know what you thought of the episode! Who do you think will survive until the end?

Thanks for reading!

Sincerely, Fiction’s Mistress

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