Previously on Return to Roanoke, as the cast and crew prepares for their Three Days in Hell, Rory was evicted from life by the sister nurses, Miranda and Bridget, to complete spelling ‘MURDER’ on one of the walls in the house. This was figured out by Matt when he cryptically walked in on everyone in the kitchen by saying, “R is for Rory.” Who will die next and who will eventually be the sole survivor of this hellish return to a nightmare that is now clearly a bad idea?
This week’s episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke didn’t hold back, and as the terrifying hour began, we were all treated for some butchering courtesy of Agnes, the actress who played the Butcher in My Roanoke Nightmare. The psychological instability of Agnes by slipping from her reality to the Butcher is very remarkable and fun to watch. Kathy Bates’ portrayal of the character stood out this episode. During the hour, he tries to kill Shelby, but Dominic intervened saving the damsel in distress from death for probably the hundredth time in her life.
Greed is undoubtedly one off the recurring themes of AHS, and in this season, it comes in the form of My Roanoke Nightmare and Return to Roanoke’s producer Sidney. I do not know what will become of him after being butchered by Agnes, but we’ll have to see in the upcoming episodes how his spirit is going to get the characters out of trouble or put them in more trouble. The first one was a hit, and he could have stopped there. His character may be criticized for the fact that he doesn’t believe the own documentary he created. If he has done enough research about what really happens in the house every time the Blood Moon comes, then he wouldn’t be sending the cast back just to experience real hell. This makes his integrity as a producer questionable for caring more about quantity instead of quality.
Meanwhile, back in the Miller haunted house, they are in search for Rory as they try to reason out every possible situation that could have happened to him. Matt already knows what really happened, of course, but Audrey – despite the fact that Dominic found a puddle of blood that belongs to Rory – is convincing herself that the stunt was done so Rory could leave for Los Angeles to do his Brad Pitt movie.
Dominic reveals that his main goal was to mess with the characters because he’s also there just for the ratings, but even he may have felt that something creepy is certainly happening when they can’t get a hold of Sidney anymore.
Audrey leads Monet and Lee into the tunnels where they encountered a ghost, which Lee decided to shoot with the gun that she snuck in before the three women run into the woods, where they find the production van, only to find dead Sidney and co., then get attacked by Agnes, whom Lee, being the trigger finger that she is, shoots. Talk about an immunity challenge in a reality show. You do what you got to do to stay alive in the game.
The Polks are back (Finn Wittrock is one of them), and this time, Lee is their victim, and they’re serving her “sweet meat” leg to Audrey and Monet. We can’t really assume that she’s a goner yet because she’ll be back in next week’s episode based on the promo.
The gun didn’t really kill Agnes, and this may have sort of hinted Agnes may really be the butcher as most fans speculated. At the end of the episode, we see Agnes summoning her ghost friends as if she was the Butcher, but we were proven wrong when Agnes came face to face with the real Butcher only to take a cleaver in the head. As Agnes learned, along with all of us, there are consequences when you pose as a dead colonial woman who thinks she owns everything.
This episode seems like the last time we’ll ever see Matt alive. At the Miller haunted house, Matt was once again under the spell of Scathach (Lady Gaga’s character in My Roanoke Nightmare), Dominic shows this to Shelby who defends Matt who protests by saying that he returned because of Scathach. This caused Shelby to murder Matt by hitting him in the head with a crowbar.
As we go on to this bloody reality sequel, Rory, Sidney and co., Agnes, and Matt are dead. The Polks may be crazy folks, but we can’t just assume that Lee’s already dead. This brings us to our final five: Shelby, LeeDominic, Audrey, and Monet. Three episodes left in the season! Who will be the sole survivor?
This deserves a 10 out of 10 for the sole reason that it feels like a masterclass episode of the season. The performance level of the actors this episode was definitrly great. It’s not even the finale yet, and a bloodbath already ensued in the hands of different people: Agnes, the Polks, the Butcher, and shockingly, Shelby.
American Horror Story: Roanoke returns next week for its eighth episode, and based on the promo, we can say that the episodes are progressively getting more intense especially with the return of Dr. Elias Cunningham.
You can watch the promo for next week’s episode below:
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